Have you been wondering where to go in April? Do you want to travel somewhere and are looking for tips on where to go? Well, do you know what Holland is known for? You’ve guessed it! Tulips! Many and many tulips of all colours and forms, miles and miles of gardens filled with them.
Do you know where the tulip festival in Holland takes place? Or have you ever asked yourself what is the best time to see tulips in Amsterdam? Keep reading our blog to learn some tips on the Tulip Festival in Holland and understand a bit more about Dutch traditions and the tulip culture of Holland.
Why are Tulips the symbol of the Netherlands?
Where did this flower come from and how did they reach the Netherlands? Well, we first need to travel to a very distant Turkey, back to the time when it was still called the Ottoman Empire. This is where the first tulips were brought to Europe from. Originally, they were brought by travelers and merchants from Anatolia and Central Asia for cultivation. The flower was imported into Holland in the 16th century, and when Carolus Clusius, a doctor and pioneering botanist, wrote the first major book on tulips in 1592, the flower became extremely popular, so much so that Carolus’s garden was raided and bulbs were stolen regularly. During the Dutch Golden Age, the interest and appreciation of the colorful flower rose and they started appearing in paintings and festivals. They became so popular that in the mid-17th century “Tulip Mania” became the first economic bubble. The plant began being used as money as people bought up bulbs that became more and more expensive. This eventually caused the crash of the market.
Best time to go to Holland
The first tip for an amazing experience in Holland is that mid-April is the best season to visit this enchanting country. Although National Tulip Day happens annually during the month of January, when it is still too cold for tulips to blossom, it is celebrated as a way to prelude the tulip season of the following months. Tulips start blooming at the end of March until mid-May, that is the best, most beautiful moment to see the flowers is during the month of April. During that time, you will be able to witness the blossoming of more than 7 million flowers.
Where to go in order to experience the tulips blossom the best?
To this day, Holland is known for its tulips and other flowers, often called “the flower shop of the world”. You can see the tulip season the best at the Keukenhof gardens if you want to get lost in the magic of the tulip fields! The gardens are located south of Haarlem, and that’s were most of the pictures of tulip gardens that you can see online are taken. The Keukenhof gardens are the best gardens to see this amazing flowers, as it is the largest flower garden in the world, where you can wander around and get lost.
The festival is very often included in travel packages and group tours, which is one of the easiest and best ways to enjoy your visit. Most gardens are within public transportation routes which makes the access faster and very practical. Also, each year, the Tulip Festival is organized in the Noordoostpolder, in the mist of tulip fields.
Kop van Noord-Holland is the place in Holland where millions of tulips, hyacinths and other flowers can be found, in a landscape sea of color.
A must see happens near Amsterdam, in Aalsmeer, namely the world’s biggest flower auction.
Spend your day walking around the fields with family and friends, bring a towel and picnic with those that make you feel the best of yourself, in one of the most exquisite cultural places in Europe and the world.
So, what did you think of our tips on the Tulip Festival in Holland? Do you see yourself visiting the tulip fields and the Keukenhof gardens?
If you were searching for the right time to visit this country during the National Tulip Day or during the tulip season, or if you were simply trying to understand why are tulips the symbol of the Netherlands, we hope we have helped you decide your next travel destination. And if you do decide to go, while admiring the endless coloroful tulip fields, remember to say in Ducth “Het is mooi!” (This is beautiful!)