This Thursday, April 30, is Queensday (“Koninginnedag”) in Amsterdam! What do the locals do?
As an Amsterdam local, I think I can give you some good tips!
- Vrijmarkt Vondelpark – Amsterdam kids perform, and sell stuff all over the Vondelpark . Great way to start your day with a big smile. Not quietly though, because the Vondelpark will be extremely packed.
- Weteringscircuit TWST – Dance party with great DJ’s (my tips: Bart Skils, Steve Rachmad), mostly techno. Usually pleasantly quiet. Here’s the link to a Map
- Amstelveld / Prinsengracht – Dancing to some more clubby, laid-back music. Here’s the link to a Map
- Utrechtsestraat – The best snacks, lots of drink stalls and music and access to all canals. Here’s the link to a Map
- Westerpark – Chemistry party – Dancing on the great industrial Westerpark / Westergasfabriek grounds. You will probably have some more space here than in the center. I say probably, because it’s the first year the Chemistry party will be here and not at the Amstelveld. Here’s the link to a Map
My personal very local tip: I always go to canal-house Prinsengracht 1129 (Corner Amstel, see map), where my Amsterdam student fraternity E.N.E.R.G.I.A. throws a good party. A great location, with good music and friendly students. It’s easy to recognize, because they claim to have the largest Dutch flag in the Netherlands. Make friends, since only members can buy (cheap) beer there. If you spot me, I’d be happy to buy you one!
Amsterdam residents usually avoid the biggest party (in size) at the Museumplein. You will find more tourists and Dutchies from out of Amsterdam there. A lot of them, since the Museumplein can accomodate hundreds of thousands of people.
Some other tourist hotspots locals usually avoid: Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein.