King’s Day will be celebrated in the Netherlands this year on the 26th of April. It is a new public holiday, replacing Queen’s Day which, since 1949, had been celebrated each year on the 30th April. This change is the result of the first Dutch King since 1890 seated on the throne. King’s Day is a celebration of the king’s birthday, which in the case of King Willem Alexander, is the 27th of April. In the event that date falls on a Sunday, King’s Day is celebrated the day before (thus the reason the 2014 festivities will take place on Saturday, 26th April).
Although the Royal Family will be participating in events taking place in Amstelveen and De Rijn this year, there will be plenty of King’s Day-related festivities across the country.
Queen or King: on this day everyone in the Netherlands will have an excuse to party, dressing from top to toe in the color orange, as the King is a descendant of the House of Orange-Nassau.
The Hague will be offering activities for everyone: a fun fair, historic tram tours, boat rides, flea markets, live music performances, special museum activities and much more.
MARKETS & FAIRS
- Geranium Market
The annual Geranium Market takes place as usual on the Lange Voorhout from 8.30 to 17.00hrs on 26 April. The flyer will give you a free mini plant at the Groei en Bloei stand (while supplies last).*
- King’s Day Flea Markets
Flea Markets – Vrijmarkts – pop up everywhere, with children setting out their stalls on pavements to sell their unwanted toys and goods. This is a much-anticipated nationwide jumble sale.
- Kings Fair
From 18 April until 5 May The Kings Fair (Koningskermis) is on the Lange Voorhout, Lange Vijverberg, Buitenhof and Frederik Hendriklaan.
DISCOVER THE HAGUE
- City Walks
The Gilde Den Haag offers guided one hour city walks from the Plein to the Plein 1813. They start at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 by the statue of Willem van Oranje on het Plein. It is advised to sign up 30 minutes beforehand by the stand “Gilde” next to the parking garage “Ingang Mauritshuis”.*
- Segway tour through The Hague
City tours on a Segway will depart from in front of the New Babylon (next to Den Haag Centraal Station). For more information: www.segwaygooking.com.*
- Boat trips
Exclusive canal boat trips will start from Mauritskade/Hilton Hotel (cfr. prebooking is necessary under www.bootvarendenhaag.nl).*
Boat tours in the Haagse grachten will take place every hour from 12:00 until 15:00 from and to the Koninginnegracht 14 and 15, organised by Willemsvaart. Prebooking at www.willemsvaart.nl.
The Stichting De Ooievaart will offer a themed boat trip Oranje-Nassau including an orange-coloured drink at 15:00 and 17:00 starting from Bierkade.*
At 10:00, an ontbijtvaart (breakfast-boad trip) Oranje Goud departs from Hooigracht (in front of the Royal Gardens) and ends at Koninginnegracht 15 – this boat trip includes a Champagne breakfast (€ 18.50 p.p.).
To round out the Koningsdag in The Hague, a Bitterballen Boot will depart at 16:30 from Dunne Bierkade (cfr. Café de Pakschuit) and arrive at Hooikade an hour later. The boat-trip including bitterballen and a drink costs € 14.50 p.p..*
Salonboot Den Haag offers a canal cruise in an antique salonboat, Varend Monument “Orient.” Discover the Vliet of the Varende Wijnproeverij (i.e. winetasting). Prebooking is required at www.salonbootdenhaag.nl.*
- Historical Trams
Between 12:00 and 17:00hrs the Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum offers rides through the city of The Hague on Historical Trams from the Lange Voorhout and Bierkade. *
- Coach rides through The Hague
The Stadskoetsiers Den Haag organise coach rides through the city center between 11:00 and 16:00hrs at Grote Marktstraat/Spui.*
- Historical Museum of The Hague
Between 12:00 and 17:00h the Historical Museum of The Hague (Korte Vijverberg 7) offers a special entry (€ 7,50 for adults, € 2,50 for children between 5 and 18). *
- Discover the Haags Paraboolduin
The walk will take 1.5hrs with explanation about the landscapes and cultural history. It will start at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00h at Cremerbrug (Haringkade/Cremerweg).*
CONCERTS & PARTIES
- Ode to Queen Maximá
The Ode to Queen Maximá by the Residentie Orkest will consist in an Argentinian tango concert and an after party starting at 21:00hrs in the Paard van Troje. Places can be booked via www.residentieorkest.nl (or 070 880 03 33). Tickets cost €16.50 with the flyer or by mentioning “Haagse Koningsdag”.*
- King’s Day Parties
In several cafes and bars in the Denneweg, Oude Molstraat, De Sillestraat and the Soestdijkseplein are planned King’s Day parties.
With the ‘Haagse Koningsdag 2014’ flyer (including the programme) you can get a discount on many of the above mentioned activities (indicated with *).
Find a complete listing of King’s Day events in South Holland