This April in Amsterdam promises to be one of the best months of the year. The tulips start blooming, the museums open their doors and then the month ends with the world famous Kings Day street party! This is not a month you want to miss!
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King's Day 2015 – Koningsdag 2015 is the Dutch national holiday on Monday 27 April 2015. Following the abdication of Queen Beatrix in 2013 and the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander, the former Queen's Day (30 April) has become King's Day (27 April).
Despite the change in Monarch this day has still managed to achieve one of the greatest street parties in the world – This really is something you need to experience at least once in your life! Amsterdam goes completely orange crazy with people partying on the streets and on the water with up to 800,000 visitors cramming into the city centre. Celebrations start the evening before on Sunday 26 April (King's Night or Koningsnacht) and then continue all of the next day.
One of the main highlights of King's Day is the citywide free market (vrijmarkt). This is where people set up stalls and sell clothes, food, drinks and any old tat or bric-a-brac. Prices are negotiable which is all part of the fun. Many Amsterdam residents set up shop directly outside their own houses – days before they mark their territory with tape ("bezet" meaning "occupied"). There are also professional traders and opportunists who take advantage of the tax-free trading. The free market officially starts from 6am on King's Day with Vondelpark opening at 9am for the children's market.
Take A Walk Around VondelPark
Amsterdam's largest green space, Vondelpark, is named after the city's best-known poet, Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679), whose controversial play Lucifer caused the religious powers of the time to crack down hard on those who engaged in what was termed 'notorious living'. The original ten acres opened in 1865 and focused on natural landscaping. The park has actually sunk some two to three metres (seven to ten feet) since it was first built – some larger trees are in fact 'floating' on blocks of styrofoam or reinforced with underground poles. There are several ponds and lakes in the park – no boating, though – plus a number of play areas and cafés
Imagine Film Festival – 8 April – 18 April 2015
31st edition of the promises ten days full of fantasy, anime, thriller, cult, horror and sci-fi Amsterdam events. Screenings are at the EYE Film Institute.
Blooming Dutch Tulips
Come to Holland in mid-April to see the tulips in bloom in their peak season. Tulip season extends from the end of March to the middle of May, but mid-April usually sports the most prolific blossoms. Keukenhof in Lisse is covered by over 7000 bulbs in the spring and is one of the best places to get a good look at many different varieties of tulip. But during the same time of year, all you really need is to take the train or bike through the countryside to see the tulips growing and blooming in field after field. If you take the train from Amsterdam to Den Helder, you will traverse the bulb-growing areas in the north of the province
National Museum Weekend
On April 5-6, 2015 more than 500 museums across the country offer free or heavily discounted admission.
If you are looking for a place to stay during Kings Day or at any time in Amsterdam then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide variety of great apartments at reasonable prices. Featured below is the wonderful Herengracht Residence Apartment which is the Grachtengordel area.
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