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Everything you need to know about Kings Day



On Thursday, April 27, 2023, Rotterdam will turn orange with a touch of green-white-green. An extra special King's Day, because we also celebrate 10 years of Kingship. It will be a fantastic party for all Rotterdammers, and for everyone who comes to visit us that day. We'll put everything in a row in this post.

Together with the city, we have created a wonderful program for the Royal Family. And of course for everyone who comes to celebrate this day in Rotterdam. The Royal walk starts on the Afrikaanderplein, crosses the river by water taxi and ends on the Binnenrotte with a grand party.

The route

The Royal walk starts on April 27 at 11:00 am at the Afrikaanderplein. The Royal Family walks to the Maashaven via the Pretorialaan. There they board a water taxi and cross the Nieuwe Maas to the Leuvehaven. From Plein 1940 (at the statue of the Destroyed City) they walk via the Blaak, straight through the Markthal to the Binnenrotte where the King's Day festival is held. At 13:00 the Royal Family will say goodbye to the Rotterdam public.

King's Day Festival

On Thursday 27 April at 10 a.m. on the Binnenrotte, the program of the King's Day Festival will start with the live broadcast of the NOS that can be followed on a large screen. On a large stage there are performances all day until 5 pm by well-known artists such as Davina Michelle, Lee Towers, Ronnie Flex and Broederliefde. On stage, the Royal Family bids farewell to the Rotterdam public around 1 p.m., where the party continues until 5 p.m. View the program here. We have also drawn up some house rules and food and drinks cannot be brought onto the premises.

Public transport

On King's Day, it is best to cycle or use public transport in the center and South. NS and RET are deploying extra trains and metros. For the southern part of the route (until 12:00 pm) it is smartest to get off at Rijnhaven or Maashaven, for the part of the route on the north bank (from 12:00 pm) you have to get off at Leuvehaven metro station or Blaak train/metro station .

Facilities along the route

We have made various provisions for visitors with disabilities to make a visit to King's Day in Rotterdam as pleasant as possible.

King's Day emergency regulation

King's Day is a national holiday. It's a party for everyone. And that's why we're all going to enjoy it together and make it a wonderful party. Of course we are well prepared for such a big event. There is also an emergency ordinance.

Live blog on

At you will find a live blog in which we share all kinds of current practical information, such as how busy it is and accessibility. Also follow our King's Day socials for an atmosphere report from different places in the city so that you know where to go.

We look forward to seeing you!

De Markthal versierd met een grote oranje kroon. Foto: Martijn de Rooze

Foto: Martijn Rooze

Foto: Martijn Rooze

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