Time to put on your orange pants and get your Dutch on, it’s Koninginnedag! What is Koninginnedag? It is Dutch for Queen’s day, a national holiday in the Netherlands when they celebrate the birthday of the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. It’s also a typical occasion for the world-famous Orange Craze. The color orange is a ubiquitous sight, referring to the name of our royal family, the House of Orange. Everywhere in the netherlands you’ll see orange banners, orange colored foods and drinks and (like me) people dressed in Orange!
Queen’s Day in Amsterdam this year is special because Queen Beatrix has announced that she will abdicate on April 30th. On the same day the new Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, will be inaugurated.
As you can see by my orange Schlick Northpaw and the Cheddar Build, orange is my favorite color, and as an urban bike geek, I love the cycling culture of Amsterdam and the rest of the cities in the Netherlands. I visited the Netherlands and Denmark, and was an immediate convert. Regular readers know my family has a Workcycles Omafiets and a “Dutchified” Schwinn.
If you are lucky enough to live in Milwaukee, you can celebrate Queen’s Day with a free Grolsch beer at any of the Lowlander Restaurant Group’s bike-friendly Grand Cafes: Trocadero, Benelux, Centaal, and Hollander. The cafes all serve great Dutch beer and are decorated with lots of Lowlands-related cycling stuff. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, in addition to getting a free beer just for showing up in orange, you also get entered for a chance to win a cool, three-speed classic Omafiets.