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If you have plans to visit Amsterdam this spring, make sure you set aside some time to attend the annual Tulip Festival. No plans for a visit? Think about vacationing to the city, because there will be beautiful tulips blooming (and on display) all over the place and livening up public and private spaces like you may not have seen before.
About Amsterdam Annual Tulip Festival
Amsterdam has a rich history of association with the tulip, but if you were to visit the city today, you’d probably not guess it. There aren’t many of these gorgeous flowers growing wildly anymore, which is why Amsterdam residents, and people from all over Holland, excite in the annual Tulip Festival held in the city.
The Tulip Festival’s main goal is to, once again, populate the streets of Amsterdam with gloriously colored tulips. The intention is for Amsterdam to eventually, after many fun festivals, have one tulip planted for each citizen of the city (which would amount to 800,000 flowers in total).
This is a dream determined to come true, according to many Amsterdam residents. This past year alone, more than half a million tulips were planted in open soil and in pots throughout the city. The Tulip Festival focuses on tulip planting to reach a collective goal, and the results of each year’s efforts are on display during springtime for all to enjoy.
This year, the Tulip Festival takes place from April 1st to the 30th, so consider a trip to Amsterdam during this spring month. The festivities will include shows of tulips bursting in full bloom along, and on, bike paths, squares, lakes, canals, and gardens in the city center and surrounding areas.
The Details for This Year’s Tulip Festival
The annual 2016 Tulip Festival is in its second year this year. Once again, it will take place at numerous public places in Amsterdam, including in a few carefully selected gardens and beautiful buildings. As part of the Festival, Amsterdam residents and visitors can view thousands of planted bulbs in the city’s north south, east, and center areas. All public locations are freely accessible and the few museums housing tulip exhibits will charge their normal fee for admission.
Consider visiting the annual Tulip Festival in Amsterdam to view explosions of color in many predictable and surprising areas, and to get ideas for bringing the stunning tulip into your own home garden. A Festival Guide (written in Dutch and English) is available to help you locate all of the venues for witnessing sensational tulips as part of the annual Tulip Festival. The guide includes the names of the tulips on display, so you can learn about the extraordinary blooms that you’re witnessing.
To find out more about Amsterdam’s annual Tulip Festival, visit the Tulip Festival website.