Landmark Tulip Festival, a magnet for tourists
When you say Holland, you automatically think of windmills, wooden shoes and multicolour fields filled with tulips. The most famous places are Keukenhof and the flower-bulb region, Flevoland, with ongoing events awaiting tourists during this period.
With nearly 5,000 acres worth of red, yellow and purple flower-bulb fields, Flevolan is Holland’s biggest flower-growing regions. The fields can be found in East and South Flevoland and, most importantly, the Noordoostpolder.
Every year in spring, there is a spectacular ‘Flower-bulb route’ encompassing over 100km through nearly 2,500 acres of flowering fields. The route has become the longest and most colourful route in Holland and even, according to National Geographic, one of the world’s ultimate road trips. The Tulip Route is available annually from mid-April through May.
Covering some 79 acres (32 hectares), the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens is the world’s largest flower garden encompassing a park, greenhouses, brooks and ponds. During springtime, the gardens are visited by some 800,000 flower-lovers.
During eight weeks Keukenhof shows what the Dutch floricultural sector has to offer. The focus in the park is on the 7 million spring-flowering bulbs, with 800 varieties of tulips in which the 100 participating companies show their living catalogue. In more than 20 flower shows, 500 flower growers present an enormous variety of cut flowers and pot plants. Keukenhof has also almost 100 royal suppliers.
Van Gogh-year in Keukenhof
2015 is the van Gogh-year in Keukenhof. Van Gogh formed the inspiration for the flower shows and the new Selfie garden. The highlight this year is the spectacular flower bulb mosaic of a ‘self-portrait’ of Vincent van Gogh made up of thousands of tulips (250 square meters). The flower on display in the Orange Nassau Pavilion show the splendid combinations of his paintings and thousands of flowers.
Why precisely this year? For 2015 is exactly 125 years since the death of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and the event is dedicated to his honor.
Not all the flowers at Keukenhof are outside: the pavilions are also packed with flowering bulbs, cut flowers, pot plants and shrubs. In the Orange Nassau Pavilion you can enjoy colourful floral displays that change every week. The Willem-Alexander Pavilion shows many thousands of tulips and during the last ten days of the season it is home to the world’s largest lily show. For eight weeks long the Beatrix Pavilion gives you the chance to enjoy a mass of orchids, anthuriums and bromelias.
Keukenhof Art Square
29/04/2015 8:00 – 03/05/2015 17:00
02/05/2015 11:00 – 03/05/2015 17:00
Sesame Street comes to Keukenhof and will give two shows including a Meet & Greet. These shows will be interchanged with a spectacular Birds of Prey show.Children can have their faces painted and a balloon artist will be modeling and twisting balloons into shapes.
Location Sesame Street Show: at 13:00 or 15:30 at the Picknickweide in Keukenhof (behind the playground)
Location Demonstration Birds of Prey: at 12.00 and 14.30 at the Lenteweide.
Romance at Keukenhof
09/05/2015 11:00 – 10/05/2015 17:00
Romance at Keukenhof embodies the most beautiful classical music festival among tulips. You’ll find yourselves back in the Romantic time of the 19th century, with all people dressed up in costumes of the period, walking down the markets and enjoying classic music performances, dance and poetry recitals.
Shanty choirs festival
14/05/2015 11:00 – 17/05/2015 16:00
Throughout the park, you can enjoy the wonderful music performances of traditional Dutch sea shanty choirs.