In 2020, King's Day will be a very special day for Maastricht and its colourful region. Limburg's capital will set the stage for this national holiday, when Maastricht will welcome the royal family while 2.5 million people watch on their televisions. We want to make this day a celebration to remember for residents and visitors. Our preparations and anticipation in the run-up to this special day is a party in its own right! Keep an eye on our website for updates on our preparations and the programme.
As King's Day approaches, we would like to take you on a tour of life in Maastricht through a very special series of photographs. In the upcoming weeks, you will see the many aspects of life in Maastricht and South Limburg through pictures that share a story as we share them on our social media channels. Each district in Maastricht as well as each village and city in South Limburg has a different story to tell of life. The photos were shot by Loraine Bodewes.
The Royal Family will be introduced to the city during a special walk. The route that they will be taking will be announced in February 2020 and will be shared on this page. Stay tuned!
On 25 October 2019 – designated the Dag van de Vlaai ('Day of the sweet tart') – six bakers in Maastricht created a very special vlaai: a King's Day vlaai called Appeltjes voor oranje ('Apples for Orange'). This vlaai combines Maastricht tradition, local ingredients, and pride in being able to host the royal family. It can be ordered from the bakers themselves. Who knows... King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima may just have a taste on 27 April 2020!
In the coming months King's Day 2020 is not the only event on the agenda; we will also be preparing for a multifaceted and exciting programme that highlights the vibrancy of the region and the unique character of Maastricht. It will showcase the spirit of Maastricht, the Mestreechter Geis, a city of traditions and innovation, and a unique culture that we honour and cherish. Servé Hermans and Michel Sluysmans from the Toneelgroep Maastricht theatre ensemble will work together with local partners to put together a programme that is guaranteed to impress! The content of the programme will be announced in March 2020 during a special press conference.
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