Highlights of the Amsterdam Tulip Festival

The Amsterdam Tulip Festival is a celebration of the arrival of spring in the Netherlands, which marks the start of the tulip season that lasts from the end of March to the end of May. The Keukenhof Tulip Festival is a major highlight of this season, and it is held annually from 23 March to 14 May. During this time, visitors can witness the breathtaking beauty of tulips in full bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens, located in Lisse, a small town southwest of Amsterdam.

The festival runs every day from 8 AM to 7:30 PM, making it possible for visitors to explore the gardens at any time during their visit. The gardens showcase over 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other spring flowers, making it one of the largest flower gardens in the world.

Apart from the Keukenhof Gardens, the Amsterdam Tulip Festival offers visitors the opportunity to experience the flower parade, which takes place on the third Saturday of April every year. The parade showcases stunning floral arrangements made from tulips and other flowers, accompanied by music and dancers.

Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens is a renowned attraction that welcomes millions of visitors during the Amsterdam Tulip Festival every year. The garden is located in Lisse, Netherlands, and is commonly referred to as the garden of Europe. It is one of the largest gardens in the world, spanning over 32 hectares of land.

Prior to the Amsterdam Tulip Festival, the garden receives around 7 million tulip bulbs from over 100 growers. These bulbs are of 800 varieties, making for a colorful display. The gardeners use a unique technique called the lasagna method to ensure that the tulips bloom continuously throughout the spring. The method involves planting the bulbs in separate layers according to their blooming period. The bulbs that bloom early are planted at the top, followed by the ones that bloom later. This results in a beautiful, multilayered garden that remains bloomed for the entirety of the festival.

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Tulip Fields
Tulip Fields in Full Bloom

The Amsterdam Tulip Festival is not just limited to the Keukenhof Gardens, but extends to the beautiful tulip fields spread across acres of land in the Dutch flower region called Bollenstreek. Witnessing the beauty of millions of blooming tulips can calm anyone's mind and is one of the highlights of spring in Holland. These fields showcase other beautiful flowers such as hyacinth, daffodils, and crocus as well. Visitors can choose to rent a bike, book a sightseeing tour, or go for a helicopter tour to roam around the fields and take in the stunning sights. The vibrant colors and sweet scent of these flowers captivate visitors and truly make them feel the essence of spring. However, the blooming of the flowers largely depends on the weather conditions during the winter and early spring.

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Tulip Farms
Tulip Farms

The Amsterdam Tulip Festival offers visitors the chance to visit real tulip farms and witness the breathtaking beauty of millions of blooming tulips. Tulip farms can be categorized into two types- one that grows flower bulbs and the other that cultivates flowers. While the former mainly focuses on growing and selling flower bulbs to gardeners across the globe, the latter sells the flowers that decorate flower shops worldwide.

During the festival, visitors prefer visiting flower farms that grow tulip bulbs but do not sell the flowers. Flowers grown in fields are more appealing to the eyes and can be experienced in their natural form. Although flowers grown for shops are mostly cultivated in large greenhouses, flowers grown in fields are more attractive and enjoyable.

These tulip farms offer visitors a chance to learn about tulip cultivation, the history of tulips in the Netherlands, and explore the fields on guided tours.

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Amsterdam Flower Parade
Amsterdam Flower Parade

The Amsterdam Tulip Festival is known for its beautiful flower-related events, and the flower parade is one of the most attractive among them. The parade showcases several floats adorned with hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and other flowers. Each year, the parade has a unique theme, and for 2023, the theme of the Keukenhof Flower Parade, which will be held on 22nd April, is freedom. Visitors can enjoy the parade to the fullest at Keukenhof Boulevard, which is one of the best spots to witness this colorful event. Located in front of the Keukenhof Park, visitors can combine these two experiences and make the most of their trip.

The flower parade Bollenstreek is the most popular flower parade of the spring festival. The parade displays several flower floats that are decorated with beautiful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowers. Each year the parade has a unique theme, and the floats depict the theme in a beautiful and creative way. The parade is a beautiful way to celebrate the arrival of spring and experience the beautiful and colorful flower culture of Holland.

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Flower Shows at the Keukenhof Tulip Festival

The Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands has multiple flower shows scheduled for the spring season.

Flower Shows at the Keukenhof Tulip Festival
Oranje Nassau Pavilion
  • Hyacinths and Tulip Show: March 24 to March 29
  • Freesia and Gerbera Show: March 31 to April 5
  • Rose Show: April 7 to April 12
  • Daffodils and Special Bulb Show: April 14 to April 18
  • Alstroemeria Show: April 20 to April 25
  • Lisianthus Show: April 27 to May 2
  • Chrysanthemums and Calla Show: May 4 to May 9
  • Carnation and Summer Flowers Show: May 11 to May 15

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Flower Shows at the Keukenhof Tulip Festival
Beatrix Pavilion

Beatrix Pavilion

  • Anthurium and Orchid Show - March 23 to May 14

Willem-Alexander Pavilion

  • Flower and Plant Show - March 23 to May 14

Keukenhof Gardens Other Flower Shows

  • Holland Heritage Weekend: April 1 to April 3
  • Romance at Keukenhof: May 7 to May 8

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Explore Amsterdam Tulip Festival

Explore Amsterdam Tulip Festival

The Amsterdam Tulip Festival showcases vibrant tulip displays across the city each April, celebrating the Netherlands' iconic flower. Tourists and locals alike immerse in the colorful sea of blooms at various locations, including parks, gardens, and canals, making it a mesmerizing springtime spectacle.

The festival's tulip-filled exhibitions, cultural events, and photography contests capture the essence of Dutch tradition and creativity. Visitors cherish the kaleidoscope of hues while experiencing Amsterdam's rich floral heritage, creating unforgettable memories amid the blossoming beauty of the tulip season.

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