Netherlands is synonymous with Amsterdam for most but the country has so much to offer! April is a beautiful time to visit without the summer tourist hordes. Its also time for Tulips and Netherlands biggest Festival Kings day!
27 April marks the birth of their king, Willem-Alexander and everyone in the Netherlands gets the day off work to celebrate. And boy, do they celebrate, afterall it’s the world biggest birthday party! Orange is worn on King’s Day as a show of pride for the Dutch royal family – the House of Orange-Nassau. Orange wigs, facepaint go as crazy as you like, so will everyone else. There are major street parties and concerts not just on the day but even the night prior. The streets are lined with food sellers and you must try tompouce, a sweet pastry loaded with cream and orange icing for the day.
Amsterdam’s population on King’s Day is twice that of any other day. You will see people everywhere, every street, canal, balcony and terrace is awash with orange-clad revellers on 27 April. Beside food stalls you will find Amsterdam becomes a city wide flea market with people selling everything and anything.
When you are done with this weekend long revelry head to the Tulip fields for some peace and quiet. We arrange picnics and romantic meals in the middle of the beautiful Tulip felids or you can see then like everyone else at the Keukenhof Gardens. April is the best time to see the flowers bloom.
The average temperatures range between 4.4°C to 13.3°C, and the daily sunshine lasts for approximately 6 hours. April sees light rainfall so do carry your warm jackets.
A procession with about 20 floats staging giant dolls made of flowers in addition to jugglers, dancers and players make their way in a 42km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem flower parade. After completing the course of some 12 hours, their arrival marks the start of well-deserved celebrations. The dates change every year but its always in April.
The performances take place next to Museumplein in Amsterdam’s proud-standing Royal Concert Hall. The giant golden harp on the roof should give it away. These lunch-time concerts have been a little bit of a tradition. They don’t run in July or August but they are gratis, costless, free. All you have to do is check their website and walk in and quietly find a seat at the right time.
This particular event is all-ages and it’s free on Kingsday night. For the uninitiated, that means it happens on the 26th of April and you will have a hangover on the 28th if you’ve done it right. The event runs from 7 PM to 1 AM. Enschede is about two hours from Amsterdam and there are even busses that run post the convert to bring you back to Amsterdam.