Dutch Public Events During RIPE 62

Wednesday 4 May

Remembrance Day (Herdenkingsdag)

At 20:00 on 4 May every year, the Netherlands falls silent for two minutes to remember those who lost their lives in all wars following World War II. This event is strictly observed and the entire country will stop for two minutes as a mark of respect.

A ceremony attended by the Queen also takes place on Dam Square right in front of the meeting venue. There will be a lot of activity in the Hotel Krasnapolsky during the day and you may notice a large police presence.

From 19:45 – 20:30, the front doors of the Hotel Krasnapolsky will be out of use and you will need to use the back entrance of the hotel to get in and out during this time. There will be signs directing you to the alternative entrances.

If you are attending the RIPE NCC General Meeting, taking place on Wednesday 4 May, the two-minute silence will also be observed during this event.

Saturday 30 April

Queens Day (Koninginnedag)

If you are arriving in Amsterdam on Saturday, 30 April, you’ll experience one of Europe’s largest (and most orange) street parties. There are NO trams running from Amsterdam Central Station into the city centre on this day. The entire city centre is a pedestrian-only zone (so no taxis, trams or buses). Please keep in mind that trains into Amsterdam will be extremely crowded, as nearly a million people flood to the city to celebrate.

Trams will not be able to reach the following stops:

  • Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal
  • Koningsplein
  • Leidsestraat
  • Leidseplein
  • Raadhuisstraat
  • Rozengracht
  • Damrak
  • Dam
  • Rokin
  • Munt
  • Reguliersbreestraat
  • Rembrandtplein
  • Amstelstraat
  • Waterlooplein
  • Utrechtsestraat
  • Vijzelstraat
  • Weteringcircuit

If you are staying in the city centre, be prepared to walk to your hotel on this day. It is a 10-15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station to the RIPE Meeting venue, Hotel Krasnapolsky.

If you are staying outside of the city centre you may be able to get to your destination by tram or taxi. It’s a good idea to contact your hotel.

Download: Queen’s Day Transportation Map (in Dutch)

More information about public transport in Amsterdam can be found on GVB website.