There is nothing like a colorful sea of flowering tulips. Not many people can claim to have seen the phenomenon. If so, it was probably in the Netherlands, the unofficial capital of tulips. For a wonderful relaxing and rejuvenating spring break over the weekend, take a trip to the country of tulips, also home to picturesque towns, great beer, cheese and souvenirs in the form of clogs.
Activities related to tulips
No visit to the Netherlands between late March and late May is complete without a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens, where the natural world really comes to life, displaying more spectacular colors than you would find anywhere else. The massive park is dedicated to tulips. Each year, the flowers are planted in different formations and color shades to celebrate a particular theme. In 2012, Poland, the heart of Europe, is at the center of the bi-monthly extravagance of tulips. Expect to hear classical music from the Chopin repertoire and the like, as organizers believe flowers and music are a match made in heaven.
Keukenhof events in 2012 will include the Chopin Weekend on March 24 and 25, the Dutch Costume Festival on March 30 and April 1, and the Easter Hat Parade on April 9, and many more. No wonder the CNN network has declared Keukenhof one of the best destinations of the year worldwide!
The shuttle buses to the attraction depart regularly from the Schiphol station and central Amsterdam.
Nearby you will also find huge fields for tulip bulbs that can be explored on foot or by bike. The fields are fully operational and much wilder than Keukenhof's tidy flower beds. A guided tour is offered for those wishing to learn more about how tulips have become one of the most famous national symbols of the Netherlands, how new varieties are being developed and what it takes to grow a healthy batch of tulips.
It is mandatory for visitors to the Netherlands to take a boat tour of Amsterdam, Leiden or other cities with developed canal systems. The tours are guided and give a great idea of how local life and livelihoods have changed over the years with the development of the industry. The views of the boats are unmatched.
Gourmet travelers will enjoy excursions to some of the best farms and markets in the country. Some of the most popular tourist attractions are the Henri Willig Cheese Farms and the Clara Maria Cheese Factory and the Cork Factory. Both offer visitors the opportunity to taste traditional cheeses.
Brewery tours are another good way to spend time in the Netherlands. In central Amsterdam, take Brouwerij t & # 39; Ij or go south and visit Brouwerij De Molen in Bodegraven, South Holland.
Use the best of your time in the Netherlands by combining travel to see flowers and other rural holiday destinations in the city. The small country also boasts an excellent frequent train system connecting all major cities from Amsterdam to Groningen to Maastricht.
If you are flying to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, it is only a short train ride from the central train station. To give you the opportunity to explore as many sights as possible without having to plan internal transfers to the city, then book your stay at the Amsterdam Hotel next to the Double Tree by Hilton train station.