In Amsterdam, The Tulip Festival runs in the city for the whole month of April. You’ll find exhibitions, displays and an abundance of the long stemmed beauties everywhere. More than half a million tulips, some rare, can be seen in the gardens of museums, private homes and other city institutions.
If your time is short then a visit to Amsterdam’s Tulip Museum is a must if you want a good insight into the fascinating history of this fabulous flower. We recommend you then head to Amsterdam’s botanical gardens, Hortus Botanicus. Founded in 1638, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and you’ll find rare tulips displayed here as well as other fascinating hothouse flowers and plants.
Tulip Season is when Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market, really comes into its own and is the best time to visit what has become somewhat of a tourist trap over the years. You’ll find an abundance of fresh cut flowers along with tulip bulbs to buy, and endless photo opportunities.Tourists and locals alike come to celebrate spring and bring home some of the most diverse selections of flowers.
If you have the time, a visit to Keukenhof gardens in Lisse is highly recommended, especially towards the end of March and most of April. Known as the Garden of Europe it is one of the world’s largest flower gardens and is just a forty-minute drive outside Amsterdam.
Don’t worry if you can’t get to any of these places however, as there are plenty of street displays and public exhibitions of this beloved Dutch flower. In fact it will be difficult to avoid the tulip during springtime in Amsterdam.
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