This year is set to be one of the biggest and best Queen’s Day, because not only will this be the last Queen’s day until Princess Amalia takes the crown (which could be some time), but also because this is the day that Queen Beatrix will abdicate in favour of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.
Queen’s day takes place on the 30th April and is one of the biggest celebrations in Amsterdam, with parties, street markets and a fantastic atmosphere. This year there will be extra events put on to celebrate the coronation of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander including a ball at Museumplein, and a Royal Boat Parade.
Timetable of events
10am: The Queen’s abdication at the Royal Palace in Dam Square
10.30am: The Royal Family will make an appearance on the Palace Balcony, where Beatrix, and Prince Willem-Alexander will give a short speech.
14.00 – 15.30pm The swearing in and investiture of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander at De Nieuwe Kerk
19.30 The Song for the King is performed at the EYE Film Institute.
19.45 -21.30pm Royal Boat Parade
21.30 – 23.00 King’s Ball at Museumplein
Transport in the city will be limited and will only take you to the outskirts of the city due to the free markets and the sheer amount of people in the city. It is possible to buy a 24 hour transport card for 5 euros on the 30th April
The best way to get into Amsterdam is via train, but it will be busy. There is a special Orange Timetable running on the 30th April. Please note that Amsterdam RAI station will be closed all day for trains and metro. The best way to get to Museumplein is via Amsterdam Zuid and use the walking route
Tram and Bus
Trams and buses will not be going to Central station from midnight on the 29th until May the 1st at 1pm. Tram 24, 26 and bus 326 will not be operational for the whole day
It is probably better to leave your car at home as not all of the roads will be accessible and there will be prohibited parking around Amsterdam.
Here is a plan of the walking route from various pounts in the city to museumplein.