Acres of elegant floral Rainbows captivate your thoughts this time of year in Holland. A visit to a Dutch farm with elaborate rows of yellows, reds, orange, purples, pinks and mixtures of colors is a springtime delight. A new fringed petal hybrid seems to be all the rage the past few years. Everyone is lining up to purchase these precious bulbs for next planting season. I noticed this new fringed variety was most popular other than traditional red.
There are literally hundreds of Tulip farms north of Holland. The most well-known are between Den Helder and Leiden. If you have done your research on the best springtime gardens you will know this is where you can walk through Hollands most famous arboretum, Keukenhof Gardens. It will take hours to stroll through over 7 million flowers blooming this time of year. There are more than tulips here, the daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, narcissus also dominate the scenery. Keukenhof Gardens is an easy 30 minute drive from Amsterdam.
Events of the season will keep you busy with concerts, parades, and tasting rooms at local distilleries. Learn how mustard created from seed to jar inside a local windmill or even visit a shop where they make the famous Dutch Wooden Shoes. It’s not just all about the flowers it’s about the culture of Holland.
Get your exercise on by riding a bike on a special route to see the tulips. That is if the weather permits. One of the best parts about visiting Holland is that it is flat terrain which makes for an easy way to enjoy bicycling for even the faint of heart exerciser. But really, think about it, can you imagine pedaling down a small road on a sunny day with the wind in your face cycling past the most vibrant farmlands in the world?
Take a look at what you will see when visiting Holland during Spring
Other ways to experience Tulip Season in Holland is by taking a river cruise with such companies as Viking River Cruises, Avalon, Uniworld even Tauck Tours has a ship. What I like about taking the cruise vacation is first of all its so easy! Rounding up your luggage and catching your transfers to the ship is probably the most difficult part of the trip. From there almost everything is included, your meals onboard, entertainment at night, and of course your tours. And I have to say meals are fantastic! European culinary at its best, in fact on one cruise we couldn’t wait for dinner to see what sauce they created, every night it was a new and flavorful, savory.
Taking a river cruise give you the leisure time to not have to check into new hotels every day or two so its all “You” time! You can stay up late chatting with other cruisers over a drink at night listening to mellow music then sleep in if you want to although some of the tours can leave a little early. If you don’t want to do the scheduled tour that day you are free to do whatever you want but make sure you know the time of departure and prepare to be there at least a half hour prior. Sitting up on deck under a warm blanket as you pass by small villages while drinking some Dutch cocoa is the perfect way to unwind when you come back from touring the attractions.
The Holland Tulip Festival is a once in a lifetime event we should all have the chance to experience. You can see tulips at home but it doesn’t compare to seeing how its done in the country where Tulips come from.