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Amsterdam on Queens Day

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1. Posted by travelpas (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

My friend and I are considering going to Amsterdam for the weekend of Queens Day, probably staying a few days after too. I've read quite a few reviews and websites saying it's the biggest party of the year in Amsterdam and pretty much all over Holland. But I also read that it is a very big Gay festival from other websites. Please respect that we have no problem with anyone who is gay, that's their decision not mine and I respect that, I'd rather not attend a huge festival that isn't my cup of tea. Does anyone know what kind of atmosphere it is??? Any stories, pictures, recommendations???
As you can see I am a bit divided because I would love to attend "the party of the year," but want to make sure it's a good decision for two straight guys.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

2. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

dont quote me: but i heard queens day is just like st patricks day. instead of little green guys the dutch are little orange guys.

didnt hear about it been a queer party, but would be interested to know if this is true.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Queen's day is an excuse for all sorts of people to out themselves, including gays. Calling it a massive gay event is a huge exaggeration, though; it's more of a massive event of very average people drinking themselves silly. I wouldn't recommend going.

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

why would you not recommend going?

thats like saying dont go to new york for st patricks day when its a huge event, everyone is happy, and so much fun and stuff happening....why would queens day be any different?

5. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I think you are mixing up Queen's day, and the Gay Pride (in August). On Queen's Day everybody parties, and there might be some Gay Parties, organised near some Gay hotspots. I wouldn't worry about that, and btw, gay parties are normaly more fun anyway.

6. Posted by travelpas (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Thank you to everyone who posted a reply! I'll keep all the advice in mind while planning the trip.
And Herr Bert, I understand Gay Parties are probably a lot of fun. But it would be like attending a 50-cent concert when I'm a huge Latin Music fan... Fun, sure! But not my favorite music. But thank you all once again for the responses.

7. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Quoting travelpas

Thank you to everyone who posted a reply! I'll keep all the advice in mind while planning the trip.
And Herr Bert, I understand Gay Parties are probably a lot of fun. But it would be like attending a 50-cent concert when I'm a huge Latin Music fan... Fun, sure! But not my favorite music. But thank you all once again for the responses.

Well I can understand it's not everybodies, cup of tea, but it can be fun to look at all the people. You will find them a lot more respectful, that the average people, that are attending a 50cent concert. Don't think black and white, there is no need for it. but away ...

For the more regular party on Queens day (or Koninginnedag), head for the Museumplein (behind, or in front depending on how you look at it of the Rijksmuseum.) There will be a lot of bands performing, and it is a good point to start the party early in the day. You can also do some shopping, at the Vrijmarkt (don't look it up, as it is a street), a kind a car-booth sale that is going all day long, you might pick up some nice gifts for the people back home, for just a few euro.

8. Posted by travelpas (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

My apologies Herr Bert, I didn't realize the comment I made would be taken incorrectly. On the other hand, thank you very much for all of the advice. I truly appreciate it!

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

I would highly recommend going. It's the best day of the year all over Holland in my opinion :) It has nothing to do with being a gay festival, though of course gay people take part just like anyone else. It's a lot more about celebrating beautiful spring weather. And of course the royal family plays a big part. Somehow it usually seems to be nice weather, which if I'm not mistaken is why the Queen left the celebration for that day (her mother's b'day) rather than change it to her real birthday which is in January .. hehe

10. Posted by dutchnicky (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi I can tell you queensday is one of the biggerst parties in Holland. You should really go!! I think you're mixing up the gay parade and queensdag.. i've never been to the gay parade but I know queensday is Great!! Since my 14th birthday i started going out with queensday and i'm really looking forward to it every year. Last year i missed queensday because i was in canada and this year i'll miss it too because i'm going to Italie... but really it's a great day.. to meet new people, to enjoy amsterdam and to party!! But don't forget your orange clothes!!!! Everybody is dressed up in Orange...
When you are coming.. ENJOY!!!