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King's Day in Groningen

This year, the Royal Family will be visiting Groningen for King's Day. A perfect opportunity to celebrate the King's birthday in Groningen!


Groningen will be celebrating King's Day with music and flea markets in the city centre and along the canals. Look for bargains at the traditional flea market, or enjoy one of the many musical performances.

The city centre is located a short 15-minute walk from the station.

This year is a special year for Groningen, as King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will be celebrating King's Day in the city together with their family. Read about the programme for their 2-hour stroll through the city here.

For the 2nd year in a row, the city will host the royal Helden van Oranje sing-along festival in the Stadspark Drafbaan on the evening of 26 April. On King's Day itself, the park will be the venue for the Kingsland Festival Groningen. The Stadspark is located within a 25-minute walk from Groningen station.

You must purchase a ticket in advance to gain admission to these festivals.

King's visit

On 27 April 2018, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will attend the King's Day celebrations in Groningen, together with their family. For more information about the Royal Family's 2-hour stroll through the city centre of Groningen and the programme for the event, please visit the website.

Take the train back home

Make sure to check the NS Travel Planner or the Travel Planner Xtra app to see if you can reach your destination, as many stations will not be accessible later in the evening. Take that into consideration when planning how much time you need to get from the festival venue to the station.