On Thursday, April 27, 2023, Rotterdam will turn orange. This King's Day, the Royal family will visit our port city! A fantastic party, for which the preparations are already in full swing.
The countdown has begun and the plans for King's Day this year are trickling in. An important part of this is the Royal route, in other words, the route that King Willem-Alexander will travel with his family.
The route starts in the Afrikaanderwijk, at 11 am to be exact, near the Afrikaanderplein. After a festive reception, the Royal family will walk to the Maashaven. Once they have arrived at the corner of Maashaven-Noord and Maashaven-Oost, the family gets into water taxis: a means of transport that cannot be missed, of course. The tour ends in the city center past all the highlights of the city, in front of Plein 1940.
The walk continues over the Blaak, towards the Laurenskerk. The Markthal should also not be missed during this route and then the walk ends on the Binnenrotte.
Mayor Aboutaleb: 'Everything is included in this route to immerse the Royal Family in all the scents, colours and flavours of the city. We will certainly surprise them with a wonderful programme and special encounters.'
The final location of the walk, the Binnenrotte, is also the location for the birthday party. This will start at 12.00 and here all attendees can enjoy different performances. Which artists will perform, that will remain a surprise for now!
The Scapino city dance company has been given a very special task for this King's Day. A special King's Day dance has been developed that all Rotterdammers - young and old - can dance.
On April 27, between 10 AM and 12 PM, the King's Day dance will be danced by 250 Rotterdammers for the King on the deck of the ss Rotterdam. Do you want to join the dance? You can! You can already practice the choreography via the video below. Of course you can also just join and the Scapino teachers will teach you the dance prior to the performance.
More information and the registration for dancing can be found via this link.
Do you feel like shopping on this festive day? Why not! In Rotterdam Centre the shops are open as usual. Below more about the opening hours and of course everything about the market.
Would you like to do some shopping after spotting our King? The shops in Rotterdam Centre are also open on King's Day. Of course, some adjusted opening hours may apply at your favourite store. It is therefore always advisable to check this on the website of the store itself.
For the ultimate nostalgic feeling on King's Day, you can of course take it to the streets with a rug to sell your stuff. Because the King is visiting our city this year, the location where this is allowed in the centre may have been adjusted. Do you want to put your dress outside the center? That is possible, except on the Afrikaanderplein, just anywhere! Read more via the button below.
Do you spend King's Day strolling through the city? Then you could use a pit stop! For example, at a nice café in our city centre. Drink a beer on the terrace of Sijf or dance until the wee hours at café de Witte Aap.
Rotterdam Centre is filled with the nicest restaurants. Between spotting the King, browsing the market and shopping on the Lijnbaan, you also have to eat. Check out the button below at which places in Rotterdam Centre you can have a delicious lunch!
It is clear that the city will be beautifully decorated for the arrival of the king. The streets are turning more orange by the day and the windows of the shops are already nicely stickered. To top it off, you can now view the King's Day exhibition in one of the showcases on the Lijnbaan. This gives an impression of the various royal visits that Rotterdam has experienced.
Because Rotterdam is getting some special visitors this year, some traffic measures will be taken in and around the city. From Wednesday 26 April from 8.00 AM, the Blaak, the Wijnhaven area and the Binnenrotte will be closed to traffic. On Thursday 27 April, this will be the Meent (from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM), the Erasmus Bridge (from 10 AM to 12.30 PM) and the Leuvehaven Bridge (from 11.30 AM to 12.30 PM). So keep that in mind if you visit Rotterdam by car!