How to choose the right time to visit (and check from home) the tulip fields in Holland

Choosing the right time to embark on a trip to the colorful Holland during the flowering period of the bulb flower fields, can sometimes be a bet with the pace of the season which, although in tune with the spring and summer blooms , risks making us take a trip that does not always meet our expectations.

If gardens and flower beds are cared for by gardeners and therefore constantly colored and filled with flowers with a unique beauty, the fields of the region of the bulbs are often regulated by the annual climate and perhaps in “delay” in case of prolonged cold or with flower cuts. if the heat of late April forces growers to anticipate this process to preserve the freshness of the flowers.

Unless you have already planned your trip in the height of the season and, in this case it will be more difficult not to find most of the blooming tulip fields and many colorful flower beds, there is a sure way to check the trend of the blooms in the region. flower bulbs and, if necessary, plan a last minute trip or a visit to the area to admire the splendor of the fields in bloom:

Flower map 2021

By clicking on the green flowers icon you can view the corresponding fields and their current flowering status. Whether you are already in Holland or planning a trip, this will help you know where to go to make sure you find colorful expanses of flowers already in bloom.

The purple camera icon indicates interesting monuments. This can be very useful if you want to visit something else and perhaps find gardens and flowerbeds tended by Dutch gardeners.

The yellow camera icon indicates local floral attractions. You probably won’t see many icons like this for a few months. After the pandemic, many will return.

Bikes, hotels and car parks are the classic icons of bike rentals, accommodation facilities and, of course, car parks.

The Alsmeer flower market: the largest floral auction in the world

An ancient local proverb states: “God created the whole world, but not Holland.”

This country was created directly by the Dutch. And this is what a tourist who visits this state notes: a vast “low land” that has been shaped by the temperament of the inhabitants of this state, which is known worldwide for its flowers, especially the tulip, the best known flower among those that are grown in Holland


Aalsmeer and Amsterdam
Aalsmeer is a Dutch city well known above all for its large flower auctions. And it is well known that flowers are an undisputed emblem of the Netherlands. Located just 13 kilometers south-west of Amsterdam, this city is an excellent destination for venturing out on an excursion either alone or in company.

The territory of Aalsmeer borders on that of the Westeinderplassen lakes, which is the largest body of water in the Randstad region (which extends into South Holland, North Holland, Flevoland and the Utrecht area. The territory of Aalsmeet it is also marked by the Ringvaart channel.

Amsterdam, on the other hand, does not require too many presentations: a rich city suitable for every type of tourist, where you can visit any type of attraction starting from the many museums or maybe some food tours, canal tours, perfect for admiring the city from a unique position to take photos to instagram and share on social networks, or simply a bike ride through the cycle paths that the whole world envies Holland

A bit of history

The history of Aalsmeer’s floral tradition is still a matter to be deciphered, because it is not something that was decided at the table, but it was mainly a question of circumstances, something truly fortuitous.

Aalsmeer was nothing more than a seaport and has been since its origins in the 12th century. However, the need to protect the land from the sea, to eliminate the dangers coming from the icy North Sea, which is very threatening in so low and easily flooded lands, meant that in 1852 a polder was started. From that moment, the inhabitants of the city no longer saw the waves of the North Sea.

Fishermen became strawberry growers, until the price of the flowers convinced them that their future lay in the different varieties of plants that could be grown on their land. In 1880, therefore, the cultivation of flowers began in Aalsmeer.

Initially, sales were made in Aalsmeer’s cafes. However, over time the volume of business began to be so high that the sales system in cafes was no longer sufficient. Thus, it became a necessity to manage sales in specific places and two companies centralized all the local flower trade, which over time went to Amsterdam.

In 1968, the two companies merged into one and in 1972 the large flower market opened which made Aalsmeer famous all over the world. A scenery that was expanded in 1999, reaching a total of one million square meters of surface. This market is well connected to Schipol international airport. Aalsmeer, then, is located a few kilometers from the capital Amsterdam, in one of the most fascinating areas in the world.

The Aalsmeer flower market

The Aalsmeer flower market is certainly one of the most popular and visited in the world. Every day, around 20 million flowers are bought and sold here. In this market, visitors are also welcome, even if they are required to respect very strict rules: they must arrive at a certain time (early in the morning) and can observe what occurs inside the place only from some walkways, which they are located several meters above the flowers and the crowded warehouse floor where various mini-trains run around for the transport of goods, at an astonishing speed.

Among other things, visitors do not approach the flowers and cannot even touch them. The aspect that most interests tourists visiting the Aalsmeer flower market is seeing the logistics in action, rather than admiring the flowers up close, despite the fact that they come from all over the world.

What to see at the Alsmeer flower market

One of the most interesting moments of the flower market is the auction of the same. This is held every day of the week and around 20 million decorative flowers and plants are auctioned. Just think that over 12 billion flowers and plants are sold every year. This huge building is really big. It has an area of 518,000 m² and an area of 990,000 m². This alone makes this market the fourth largest building in the world.

Within this place the activity is chaotic. A very large number of small trains contain flowers and plants and are moved by electric trucks or automatic tracks. It is a real system (equipped with a real road code to regulate it) that allows the various wagons to be moved on the basis of a real timetable.

The auction remains open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.00 in the morning and can be held until 11.00.

A phenomenon connected to this famous market is that which occurs once a year, exactly on the first Saturday of September, when a long parade of allegorical floats decorated with over a million flowers takes place, marching from Aalsmeer to Dam Square in Amsterdam.

Where, how, when

-Official website

-Train from Schipol Airport to Amsterdam

 

Cycling between tulips, beaches and dunes. How to discover Holland and the bulb region.

Is there really a cycle path that contains 4 unique elements such as the plain, the flowers, the sea and some monuments?
If you are looking for something like this and maybe with family or friends you cannot agree on what type of route to choose, perhaps the bollenstreek, also known as the region of the bulbs, could be right for you.
Here there is a path of almost 30 km to be done by bike that starts from the sea, crosses the dunes of the Dutch coast and gets lost in the flowery fields both in spring and summer. Typical Dutch villages, small towns, museums, castles, monuments and much more along a route suitable for all types of cyclists.

Let’s start by saying that if you love these places but don’t have too much desire to spend time organizing the choice of the route or maybe even worrying about the bike rental, there are some organized tours such as the flower tour (by bike and walk) that allows to discover the colorful flowerfields around Keukenhof and an audio guided tour through the tulip fields including bike rental in Lisse of about 10 km, during which you can admire the colorful fields around the Keukenhof park .

If instead you prefer the bollenstreek route and maybe you want to keep some extra excursions for the following days, here is the famous bollenstreek cycle path:
It starts from Noordwijkerhout (1), a typically flourishing Dutch village from which you can reach the equally typical coastal dunes (2) that embrace the sea. Here we have chosen an arrival point (or passage) where a panoramic parking for bikes is indicated on the map, however the cycle paths along the sea, between trees and infinite paths, are in typical Dutch style. The biggest risk you run is to lose yourself!
Respect the highway code and enjoy the landscape.

Noordwijk and its dunes
Noordwijk and its dunes

The third stage takes us to a truly suggestive place, always in the dunes and always on the sea. Langevelderslag Beach (3) is a truly divine place. If you love photography, maybe take advantage of the quieter hours to take unique and truly suggestive photos.

The fourth stop is the park of Het Langeveld (4). It is said that, especially at the end of the day, many deer and a few foxes can often be seen walking and grazing quietly in the park. Don’t disturb the animals and maybe take advantage of it to take some nice pictures of the wild nature.

From this moment on, we put the beaches behind us and enter the heart of the flowery Dutch plain. In spring, tulips bloom endlessly and maybe even daffodils or hyacinths, in summer it will be easier for you to come across some dahlia cultivation, for example.

Tulips flowerfields in  Lisse, Holland
Tulips flowerfields in Lisse, Holland

The 5th stage (optional) takes us to the border between Hillegom and Lisse, through the flat Dutch cycle paths. One (5) Show Garden (FBT Showtuin), where you can also find flowers and plants to buy, is located among the endless Dutch fields on the way to Keukenhof (6), our next stop. Here, if you want you can spend a whole day so plan your itinerary well according to the duration of your holiday, also taking into account that, in general, the Keukenhof park remains open in the period between March and May.

The gardens of Keukenhof Castle (7) are located opposite the famous floral park. The estate consists of several gardens, including a dahlia garden in the summer months. The LAM museum is inside the estate and you can also find a zoo. Entrance and parking are free.

Dahlias in bloom in the gardens of Keukenhof Castle
Dahlias in bloom in the gardens of Keukenhof Castle

Continuing between the cycle paths n ° 29 and 91, you arrive in the center of Lisse (8), the small town where there are shops, restaurants with flower menus and also a tulip museum, a tourist office and some hotels.
In Lisse do not forget to visit the church of Sant’Agata (Sint Agathakerk), called the cathedral of the region of the bulbs. Built in 1903 it was designed by Jean H. van Groenendaal and is co-financed by bulb growers, who can be seen in the designs with bulb flowers on the walls of the church itself.

The 9th stage of our cycling tour takes us to the T Huys Dever (9),
built shortly after 1375, a so-called residential tower, also known as “donjon”. In the coastal region, Dever is the only surviving keep. After a period of decline, a group of friends decided to rebuild “De Huys Dever”. Anyone who visits it now finds itself in a medieval fairy tale!
‘T Huys Dever can be visited for free from Wednesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00.

De Huys Dever
De Huys Dever     peter van der Wielen / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

In the middle of the fields in bloom we arrive at the 10th and final destination: a typically Dutch greenhouse surrounded by infinite and endless colors. De Tulperij flower bulb nursery, (10) is our last stop before returning to the departure or perhaps before returning to the airport after returning the bike.

The extra tour

If you are not satisfied with what you have seen or are seeing and you want to take some extra satisfaction, this territory has a lot to offer from every point of view, for this you can always consider the idea of exploring the flower fields in an extravagant and alternative such as a flowerfield experience with electric vehicles, or the possibility of crossing the flowery fields with small three-seater electric Renault equipped with GPS, from which you can admire the spectacle of the Dutch landscape without laboring in the least, staying in small groups.

If, on the other hand, you want to exaggerate and take home or share incredible photos on social networks, a helicopter flight over the flower fields can be a unique opportunity to admire and tell a divine place.

You like flowers but do you prefer tastings? Between a tour and  another, you could devote yourself to some gastronomic tour, perhaps tasting Dutch cheeses, good wine or the famous Heineken Beer directly from the factory.

Have a good trip and a good holiday!


The tour map with departure and arrival from Noordwijkerhout
28.8 Km total

The stops in brief:

  1. Noordwijkerhout
  2. Fietsenstalling (bike parking in the dunes of Noordwijk)
  3. Lengevelderslag beach
  4. Het Langeveld Park
  5. (Not listed on the map) FBT showtuin
  6. Keukenhof
  7. Gardens of Keukenhof Castel
  8. Lisse
  9. T Huys Dever
  10. De Tulperij Bulb Flower nursey

Flowery itinerary of Amsterdam and surroundings

When we think of Amsterdam and Holland, in addition to all the attractions that this country has to offer, we immediately imagine immense colored tulips and bicycles with which to travel every corner of the country.

The spring season can be the best one to admire both the infinite tulip fields in the bulb region but also to enjoy Amsterdam full of colorful flowers, thus having the opportunity to organize a trip with a double meaning: the floral and the cultural one.

Our itinerary

Suppose you arrive at Schiphol, the main airport in Amsterdam and all over the Netherlands. From here you can take the train to Amsterdam and go to your hotel / hostel / B&B.

One of the most visited floral attractions in Amsterdam is certainly the bloemenmarkt, the floating flower market, which we talked about in this article.

While you are on Sigel, one of the many canals in Amsterdam, you can take the opportunity to incorporate a visit to one of the museums of the day into the day: a good option could be that of the Rijkmuseum, to which you can perhaps attach a  litte cruise on the canals to admire the many flowers exposed balconies style along the way.

Continuing along the canal, beer lovers cannot miss the Heineken Experience at the homonymous beer factory.

From here it would be a good idea to go to the Van Gogh Museum, another unmissable “monument” in the city dedicated to the Dutch painter famous all over the world, to then reach our flowery destination: the Vondelpark.

The Vondelpark of Amsterdam
The Vondelpark of Amsterdam

In the high season you might find this park a little “crowded”, but given the Dutch style, the flower beds and flowers in spring should not lack color or charm.


Itinery from Bloemenmarkt to Vondelpark

Up to now we have traveled about 5 km by bicycle (if the weather is nice in Holland it may be the best way to move), but from now on the distances increase a bit so see if you can organize yourself with the same means or opt for other.
The flower market of Aalsmeer is without a doubt the largest, well-stocked and organized flower market in the world, the protagonist of the shipment and distribution of flowers all over the planet. Consider that, for logistical reasons, the market is located near Schiphol airport, therefore outside the city.

View of Haarlem during the passage of the wagons of the Bloemencorso
View of Haarlem during the passage of the wagons of the Bloemencorso

The next stop is a must among Dutch floral cities. Haarlem, in fact, a cute town located between the Dutch coast and Amsterdam, is also the final stop of the famous bloemencorso, the floral parade that passes through the region of flower bulbs in late April. Here, in Grote Mark, the town square, all flower floats stop, waiting to be “judged” and rewarded at the end of the parade.

In any case, always between March and May, Haarlem is undoubtedly one of the best cities to stop to organize a visit to Keukenhof, the flowery park that you can not miss for any reason in the world.
A tip: book everything well in advance if possible because here hotels, flights and excursions end quickly.
The bloemencorso already has the dates scheduled for the next 2 or 3 years and, considering that the streets will be blocked for several hours, fans in general on the days of the parade, tend to stop in the neighboring cities in order not to risk being stuck in traffic.

The colors of Keukenhof
The colors of Keukenhof

Keukenhof park is a unique attraction that all flower and non-flower lovers should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is no coincidence that millions of visitors from every corner of the earth come here every year to admire the work of Dutch gardeners between March and May.

Tulips, daffodils, orchids, roses, hyacinths, muscari and incredible mixes created to inspire the visitor color the park nestled among thousands of hectares of blooming tulip fields.
If you have the time and the opportunity, you can take advantage of the numerous excursions among the colored fields that give the opportunity to admire this spectacle of nature up close and take home or share social images unique in the world.

It starts from the bike or walking tours along  the tulip fields, which give the opportunity to cross the fields with strategic points and an audio guide describing the route, up to a tour of the tulips tour with an electric scooter or even if you want to stay small groups and want to admire the tulip fields without losing the comfort of the car, you can opt for a flowerfield  experience with small elecritc vehicle with GPS and audioguide.

Tulip fields in Lisse, Holland
Tulip fields in Lisse, Holland

Now, the name of Lisse is generally associated with the Keukenhof park, but if you try to set the navigator on this village, the greatest risk you run is to get lost among infinite and colorful cultivations of tulips.
There is however a museum dedicated to the tulip which can be a pleasant attraction for fans.
Here we are in the heart of the flower bulb region, better known as the Bollenstreek. a vast area ranging from the coast made of dune beaches to the plains cultivated with bulb flowers where you will find enchanting Dutch-style villages and many colorful windmills.
A sensational idea to admire the show from a different perspective would be to book a helicopter flight over the tulip fields and enrich your personal photo library to share with friends on social networks. The view of the fields from above is something unique and extraordinary that has no equal in the world!

The unique charm of the Dutch coast
The unique charm of the Dutch coast

From this point the advice is to rent the bike for a day at least and maybe organize a stop at the sea in the dunes of Noordwijk am zee.
We state that the Bloemencorso in April makes a first night tour through the streets of Noordwjikerhout and then the morning of the real parade from Noordwjik starts, therefore the idea of being in the area gives the opportunity to attend a unique event both at night that during the day,

But not only that, because from Noordwjik am zee a real cycling route starts that takes you to Keukenhof through colored fields. The itinerary , of ca. 12.5 km, provides for the departure from the lighthouse and the arrival at the Keukenhof park, but even more beautiful, you can check the state of the flowering of the fields with this floral radar and vary the itinerary as you like by following your favorite colors and blooms.

At this point, full of colors, flowers and maybe some typical local cheese, you can go back to Amsterdam or go directly to Schiphol where you can fly home with many good memories, fantastic photos and maybe some rare bulbs to plant on the balcony or in the garden once back.


Itinerary from Aalsmeer flower market to Nordwjik am zee

Bloemencorso 2019: all about the most colorful floral parade in the world

The 72nd edition of Bloemencorso, the Bollenstreek between Haarlem and Leiden, will take place from Friday evening, April 12th to Saturday, April 13th, bringing about a million visitors from around the world to the bulb region in the week of the floral parade.

The reasons for such success are in the landscapes that surround this unique event, made of colorful fields of bulb flowers in full bloom, also The park of Keukenhof (from which passes the parade) is perhaps the event that attracts more tourists in this period, but also the media attention.

The construction days

If you want to see the Bloemencorso carts as they are, then you can go and visit the “construction days”. The trucks reside in large rooms for three days where hundreds of volunteers prepare the carts with fragrant and colorful spring flowers like hyacinths, daffodils, tulips and many other bulb flowers. Flowers are attached to the wagon design in a special way; this is what they call “points”. If you’re lucky, you can try it yourself. Think how wonderful to see your work pass on the weekend!

Opening hours for the public
The construction days of 2019 will be on Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April 2019 at DeLeeuw Flowerbulbs in Sassenheim. This company of flower bulbs has hosted the days of construction for years. You can not just enter like that. You can buy a ticket at the ticket office and if you want to learn all the good things, you can also book a guided tour.

Wednesday, April 10th 2019 from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm

Thursday 11th April 2019, from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

Friday, April 12th, 2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entry is open until one hour before closing.

Entrance tickets 2019
Adults: € 6.00
Groups of 20 people: € 5.00
Children from 6 to 12 years: € 2.50
Children up to 6 years: free
Supervisors and accompanists of primary schools: free

Group bookings
Since it is a matter of working on wagons, sufficient work space must be available for the volunteers. Not everyone can simply enter and not everyone can enter at the same time. If you come with a group or want a guided tour, it is good to register in advance by: communicatie@bloemencorso.info.

Choose a preferred time, the desired language (NL, FR, ENG, DU) and let you know how many people the group is formed to better organize the visits. Guided tours start every hour with a participation of 20 people.

Disabled people
Anyone with a disabled parking card can, on presentation, have assigned a special place to the traffic controllers. With regret, there are no disabled facilities available on site.

Coffee counter
There is a convenient coffee counter in the lobby. Here you can order a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, possibly with a stuffed cake or a delicious piece of cake. Non-alcoholic drinks, soups, sandwiches, desserts and various meals are also available.

Address and accessibility

DeLeeuw Flowerbulbs
Rijksstraatweg 52
2171 AM Sassenheim (A44 uscita 4).

Several parking lots have been set up in the immediate vicinity of the Deleeuw Flowerbulbs. You can reach the parking lot with the navigator and from there follow the directions of the traffic controllers.
The location is also accessible by public transport. Check on
www.9292.nl
the current planning of public transport, stops and walking routes.

For more info: https://www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl

Route 2019

Friday April 12th

NOORDWIJKERHOUT

Crossing Herenweg – Viktoriberg 21.15
Viktoriberg- Kerkeland 21.22
Kerkeland – Dorpsstraat 21.24
Dorpsstraat – Havenstraat (`t Witte Kerkje) 21.26
Havenstraat – Koniginneweg 21,32
Koninginneweg – Viaductweg 21,38
Viaductweg – Kerkstraat 21.43
Wildlaan – Maandagse Wetering 21.50
Maandagse Wetering – Pilarenlaan 21.57
Eind vicino al Gieterij 22.04

Saturday April 13th

NOORDWIJK
Lighthouse 09.15
Kon. Wilhelmina Boulevard – De Grent 09.27
Rotonda Picképlein – Huis ter Duinstraat 09.32
Nieuwe Zeeweg – Duinweg 09.42
Rotatoria Duinweg – Van Panhuysstraat 09.46
Roundabout Van Panhuysstraat – Weteringkade 09.53
Rotatoria Weteringkade – Zeestraat 10.05
Raadhuisstraat – Heilige Geestweg 10.11
Rotatoria Heilige Geestweg – Gooweg 10.16
Gooweg – Van Berckelweg 10.23
Rotatoria Van Berckelweg – Overbeek 10.27
Rotatoria Lageweg 10.37
– Viadotto N206 10.39
–  Shell / Garden Center Extra 10.45
Leidsevaart / Music change 10.49
– Entry parking 10.56
– Farm 10.59

Voorhout
Leidsevaart ingang KTS / Music change 11.06
Rotonde Leidsevaart – Herenstraat 11.10
Herenstraat – Dr. Kuyperlaan 11.13
– Spoorwegovergang 11.22
Rotonde Jacoba van Beierenweg – Schoutenlaan 11.25
Schoutenlaan – Oosthoutlaan 11.29
Oosthoutlaan – Bloemenschans 11.34
– Bloemenschans 11.40
– Azaleahof 11.46
Rotatoria Oosthoutlaan / Nijversheidsweg 11,54
– Edisonstraat 12.13
Roundabout – Rijksstraatweg 12,18

Sassenheim
Rijksstraatweg 52 (Deleeuw Flowerbulb Group) – Tribunes 12.23
– Warmonderweg (A44) 12.32
– Roodemolenweg / Sportpark 12.37
Hoofdstraat – Wasbeekerlaan 12.44
– Trafficlight Zuiderstraat / Koetsiersweg 12.51
– Party Centrum de Oude Tol / Bijdorpstraat 12.57

BREAK TIME in Bernardus Sassenheim

Sassenheim
Hoofdstraat – Party Centrum De Oude Tol 14.00
– J.P. Gouverneurlaan 14.07
– Kerklaan 14.11
– Concordiastraat 14.14
– Roundabout of Sassenheim Noord 14.19

LISSE
Heereweg – 3e Poellaan – border Sassenheim-Lisse 14.26
– Ponte Engelenkerk – traffic light 14.31
– Akervoorderlaan 14.37
– Ponte 14.41
– Rotonde 2e Poellaan / Catharijnenlaan 14.48
– Brug 14.53
Rotonde Lisse Zuid / Vennestraat / Prof.v.Slogterenweg 15.00
– Loft – tribune 15.04
Traffic light Heereweg / Westelijke Randweg – Heereweg 15.09
– Zwanendreef 15.15
– Gemeentehuis 15.18
– Vierkant 15.22
– Westerdreef 15.29
Roundabout Heereweg – Keukenhofdreef 15.32
Roundabout Keukenhofdreef- Westelijke Randweg 15.40
– Service station Totale 15,52
– Roundabout Lisse Noord – Heereweg 15.56
Heereweg – Roundabout Meer & Duin / Music change 16.04
– Inrit Cremer / v / d Veek Tuinbouwartikelen 16.10

HILLEGOM
Leidsestraat – Ponte Arnoud 16.15
– Traffic light N207 16.21
– Boerderij St. Helena’s Hoeve 16.27
– Traffic light Singel 16.35
– C.S. Weijers 16.47
– Stoplicht Olympiaweg 16.52
Roundabout Leidsestraat – Hoofdstraat 16.55
– Cafe ‘Houttuin’ – Gemeentehuis 17.00
– Flora HCR 17.04
Roundabout Hoofdstraat / Weeresteinstraat 17.08
– Prinses Irenelaan 17.11
– Van Tetstraat 17.16
– Roundabout / Pastoorslaan / Oude Weerlaan 17.24
– Patrimoniumstraat 17.30
– Oosteinderlaan 17.38
Haarlemmerstraat – Bethlehemlaan 17.42
-Winterrustlaan 17.49

Bennebroek
Rijksstraatweg-Bennebroekerweg 17.56
– Willinklaan / Stoplicht (school-oversteekplaats) 18.02
– Traffic light Bennebroekerlaan / Zwarteweg / uscita musica 18.08
– Entrance Linnaeushof 18.12
– Prinsenlaan 18.21

PAUSE near the biggest playground in Europe: Linnaeushof

Heemstede
Herenweg – Prinsenlaan 19.40
– Ingang Groenendaal – MUZIEK INTREDE 19.57
– Stoplicht Rijnlaan 20.06
Herenweg – Van Merlenlaan 20.13
Van Merlenlaan – Raadhuisstraat 20.26
Binnenweg – Zandvaartkade (centrum) 20.34
– Julianalaan 20.40
– Spaarnezichtlaan 20.44
Binnenweg – Lanckhorstlaan 20.49
Lanckhorstlaan – Herenweg (N208) 20.56

HAARLEM
Herenweg (N208) – Westelijke Randweg N208 21.04
Wagenweg – Westerhoutpark 21.08
– Hazepaterslaan 21.11
– Van Eedenstraat 21.17
Houtplein – Gasthuisvest 21.24
Gasthuisvest – Kleine Houtstraat 21.29
Gasthuisvest – Turfmarkt 21,35
Turfmarkt – Gedempte Oude Gracht 21.39
Gedempte Oude Gracht – Verwulft 21.45
– Raaks 21,55

End of corsoroute

Show on the Nassaulaan – Gedempte Oude Gracht.

Keukenhof 2019: all about the Dutch park

On 21 March 2019, Keukenhof will be opening its gates for the 70th time. When it closes eight weeks later, some 1 million visitors from across the world will have visited the international flower exhibition. As such, Keukenhof makes a contribution to tourism in the Netherlands. One hundred bulb growers will supply bulbs to the park and 500 growers participate in the flower shows.

 

 The history of Keukenhof

Keukenhof started as an initiative on the part of ten flower bulb growers and exporters who create a showcase for the flower industry. In 1949, they opted for an ideal location: the gardens around Keukenhof castle.

For many years, Jacoba van Beieren was the hostess of Keukenhof. In the 15th century, she was the owner of the land where Keukenhof is now located. At that time the area was still a piece of untouched nature, used only for hunting and to gather herbs for the castle’s kitchen, which is where the name Keukenhof originally comes from.

Countess Jacoba van Beieren was born in 1401 and died in 1436. During the period from 1417 to 1433, she ruled Holland, Zeeland and Henegouwen. ‘Never a dull moment’ is perhaps the best summary of the life of this somewhat tempestuous woman, who married four times, spent a couple of years in prison, and lived in exile for some time in England. One of her favourite pastimes seems to have been waging war – she was even willing to go to war with former husbands. In 1433 she was forced to abdicate from all of her Counties. She withdrew from public life and, at the age of just 35, she died of tuberculosis in Castle Teylingen, not far from Keukenhof.

Following the death of the Countess Jacoba van Beieren in 1436, the large estate passed through the hands of several wealthy merchant families, including Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt. They asked the landscape architects Zocher, who were also responsible for the Vondelpark in Amsterdam and the gardens of Soestdijk Palace, to design a garden around their castle. The English landscape garden they created in 1857 still forms the basis for the Keukenhof park of today.

The windmill at Keukenhof is more than a century old. It was built in Groningen in 1892, and was used to pump water out of a polder. In 1957, the Holland-America Line bought the mill and donated it to Keukenhof.

 

The numbers
In the past year, the Lisse park has in fact recorded one and a half million approx. of visitors from all over the world, drawing the accesses of the previous year. The average age of the “guests” has been lowered thanks to the presence of a greater number of visitors made up of families with children or groups of twenty and thirty years old that the passion for gardening, flowers and plants is now part of every age.

 

Shortly:

• Keukenhof is open for eight weeks a year
• Annually, Keukenhof welcomes 1 million visitors
• 75% of visitors to the park come from abroad
• The park covers 32 hectares
• 7 million bulbs are planted each year
• Keukenhof presents more than 20 flower shows
• The bulbs are supplied by 100 exhibitors
• 500 growers and traders collaborate on floral exhibitions
• There are eight inspiring gardens with gardening ideas for consumers
• Sculpture garden with around 100 works of art.

 

Keukenhof estate

The Keukenhof flower exhibition is situated on Landgoed Keukenhof [the Keukenhof Estate] that developed during the seventeenth century. The first part of the current castle was built in 1642. The estate now measures some 240 hectares and is home to 15 Rijksmonumenten [listed buildings]. 50 hectares are used for the flower exhibition. The estate is owned by a foundation charged with preserving Landgoed Keukenhof.

 

Keukenhof for “the trade”

Keukenhof is the platform for the Dutch floricultural sector. For the exhibitors and participants in the flower shows, it provides a superb showcase for their bulbs, flowers and plants. The park is redesigned every single year. Keukenhof’s designer takes inspiration from the latest trends and adapts the design to suit the specific wishes of growers. This in turn provides inspiration to the visitors who gather new ideas to apply at home. In the flower shows, the arrangers also put the latest gardening ideas into practice. All of this enables Keukenhof and the growers to support and strengthen each other. Photographs of Keukenhof make their way around the world, reaching millions of consumers. The world’s press is also eager to report on all the beautiful things on display at Keukenhof.

Of the total share of visitors, 15% has links to the trade and numerous trade events are organised for growers. Keukenhof is an excellent meeting place for business contacts, and the organisation has strong links with all the relevant organisations in the sector.

 

The park

Keukenhof originally focused almost exclusively on flower bulbs, but now has much more to offer. The historic park, which dates from 1857 and was designed in the English landscape garden style by Zocher, forms the perfect backdrop for the flower bulbs. Visitors can become acquainted with cut flowers, plants and tree nursery products.

Each year, forty gardeners plant 7 million bulbs at reserved locations throughout the park. At the end of the season, these bulbs are harvested and a new cycle of planting, blooming and harvesting begins again in the autumn.

In order to ensure that Keukenhof always has a new look, the planting is redesigned every year. The plants are carefully selected so that visitors can enjoy bulbs in full bloom throughout the entire period Keukenhof is open. The seven million flower bulbs are supplied completely free of charge by a hundred exhibitors who could hardly imagine a better showcase for their products.

Keukenhof inspires its visitors with a range of different styles of gardens and interiors, in which flower bulbs and bulb flowers always play a key role. The different parts of the park vary from the English landscape garden to the renovated Japanese country garden. The garden offers surprising perspectives and exciting vistas and brings out the very best of the ancient trees. In the natural garden, shrubs and perennials are combined with naturalised bulbs. The historic garden is home to old varieties of tulip and uses these special varieties to demonstrate the tulip’s long journey prior to its arrival in the Netherlands.

The inspirational gardens give visitors the unique opportunity to gain ideas for their own gardens.

The Molenbos [windmill woods] have been develop in the woods next to the windmill for 2018 and feature bulb varieties suited to this amp, woodland environment. For children, Keukenhof has a maze, a playground, a Miffy house and a petting zoo. A treasure hunt takes them to the most beautiful places in the park.

Keukenhof has its own sculpture garden. A network of artists will be exhibiting around 100 pieces. The art exhibition is characterised by a wide variety of styles.

 

Flower shows at Keukenhof

The pavilions feature a changing selection of 20 flower and plant shows. Growers exhibit a wide variety of flowers and plants in all different colours and shapes. Of course, all of them are of the highest quality! This is the pinnacle of the competition among the growers to decide the best horticultural product, varying from tulips to roses. An expert judging panel will choose the best flower in each category.

For years, Keukenhof has reserved the thousand square-metre Beatrix Pavilion specifically for orchids. This show is the most beautiful orchid show in Europe. Another traditional leading attraction is the lily show in the Willem-Alexander Pavilion. In its 6,000 square metres, visitors can admire approximately 15,000 lilies in over 300 different varieties.

The Oranje Nassau Pavilion showcases the use of flower bulbs in interiors. It demonstrates how flower bulbs can be applied in different styles of interior design, from classic to modern. Several well-known arrangers will stage demonstrations of how the flowers can be used in surprising ways to create original bouquets.

The new entrance hall Keukenhof

The increasing interest in Keukenhof demands a sustainable solution for Keukenhof to welcome and receive national and international visitors. The new entry building provides access to the most beautiful spring park in the world. Keukenhof has a carpark for 4,500 cars and 1,000 coaches. This will have a positive effect on traffic management around the park.

Keukenhof works continuously to improve quality and service for its guests.

 

Tulpomania

The tulip is the distinctive icon of Netherlands throughout the world. And Keukenhof can do no other than give the tulip centre stage. The Willem-Alexander Pavilion is full of tulips in bloom. An exhibition being organised in the new Juliana Pavilion shows the history of the tulip, 17th Century tulip mania and today’s tulip as contemporary icon. The renovated Historic Garden contains extra information about the origin of the tulip.

 

Tourist Interest

Many international tourists still come to the Netherlands for the special Dutch icons: tulips, windmills, Rembrandt and the canals of Amsterdam. These typical Dutch icons tell the story of the Netherlands. Keukenhof works together with major tourist partners to positively promote the Netherlands.

Keukenhof’s importance to tourism in the Netherlands is huge. Annually, 1 million visitors from more than 100 countries are welcomed. These don’t only include individual visitors, but also companies, institutions and organisations wishing to show their (international) guests what the Netherlands has to offer.

Approximately 75% of visitors come from abroad, with the most important countries being Germany, United States, France, United Kingdom and China. There is a particularly significant growth in the number of tourists from America, China, India and South East Asia. The bulb sector in general, the tulip and Keukenhof in particular, are vital to the tourist image of the Netherlands.

The park acts as a large magnet, attracting visitors to its own sector as well as the hospitality industry, retail, overnight accommodation, transportation companies, museums and other attractions and events. In addition, Keukenhof attracts visitors during a period when there are few other attractions available.

Keukenhof is an icon: for the floricultural sector, for the Bollenstreek region and for the Netherlands, making a significant contribution to the image of the country. For example, the website of the highly regarded travel guide, Lonely Planet, opens with a feature on Keukenhof. Wikipedia has just one photograph of the Netherlands: of Keukenhof. More recently Keukenhof was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

 

Program and theme of 2019

Flower Power is the 2019 theme of Keukenhof. The strength of the flowers that unites people and visitors who will come to the park. Holland is famous for its bulb fields and for the many flowers cultivated here. Bright colors, hippies, peace and music. Flower Power has that atmosphere of the 70s. A great theme to celebrate the 70th Keukenhof. Flower Power, the strength of flowers!

The park will remain open from  March 21st to  May 19th.
Events:

  • March23-24th : Sound of Holland: to celebrate the beginning of spring and the opening of the park, choirs and Dutch bands, will visit the park to brighten the days of the first visitors.
  • March 29-31st : Holland heritage weekend: this is the perfect Weekend to discover the nineteenth century Dutch traditions. Traditional markets, folk dances and much more to celebrate the old Dutch traditions.
  • April 5-7th: Flower power: weekend dedicated to flowers. At the market the growers will explain the characteristics and use of the bulbs, giving the possibility to buy new ones. Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, children can participate in a floral treasure hunt.
  • April 13th: flower parade: The unmissable floral parade passes like every year from Keukenhof giving visitors the opportunity to go out and come back after the passage of colorful floats to party with bulb flowers. The advice is to arrive before 11am and, if possible, do not plan to leave the car park before 5.30/6 pm due to the traffic that will be blocked for a long time. In the 40 km from Nooordwijk to Haarlem in which the wagons pass, it is better to take it easy. For all the rest, consult the official website www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl
  • April 21-.22nd: Melloy Yellow: Easter weekend
  • April 27th: Keukenhof King’s day: the day of celebration for the whole of Holland, Keukenhof also organizes traditional activities.
  • April 29th: shows of birds of prey: between 12 and 14.30, hawks, eagles, owls and buzzards, will fly above the park showing all their beauty.
  • May 11-12th: Romance at Keukenhof: Being transported to the 19th century, surrounded by people in romantic folk costumes and watching orchestras, soloists and ensembles play among the flowers. Romanticism at the Keukenhof will be organized in collaboration with De Cultuurbrigade of Rotterdam.
  • May 13-19th: woodstock festival: relive the moments of peace of 1969 among the flowers of the Dutch park with a divine music and a relaxing atmosphere.
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Where, How, When

The Keukenhof park will remain open from 21 March to 19 May 2019.
Reaching it is really simple, both from Schipol airport and from nearby locations such as Haarlem, Leiden, Noordwijk, etc.
Visiting the official website of the park you can buy the entrances with bus travel included.
you can  visit www.keukenhof.nl

 

Tulpentag 2019: the Holland tulip day


Thinking of Holland, one of the first things that comes to mind, together with windmills and Flemish painting, is certainly the tulip, a symbol of the country. Amsterdam, like every year, organizes the National Tulip Day for lovers of this beautiful flower.

The national Tulip day

On 19th January  2019 Amsterdam lights of colors to celebrate this flower so loved by the locals and not only hundreds of local farmers gather in the central Dam Square to create a temporary garden with at least 200,000 tulips of every kind and color, from natural to hybrid ones created by crossing different varieties.
Anyone who goes there can collect them freely, up to 15 flowers: the entrance is at 1 pm, but the most curious can go on the spot since the morning to see the birth of this picking garden, with unloading of goods and floral arrangements.
The National Tulip Day was born to open the season in which the tulips bloom, that is from January to April: this awaited event is also enriched by a series of initiatives related to the world of gardening and nature, suitable for everyone, from the largest to the children.

Amsterdam and the tulips

Finding the tulip in Amsterdam, in full bloom, is really easy: not only in Dam Square during the National Tulip Day, where one can enjoy the surrounding beauty from one flower to another, given by the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk.To get a bunch of tulips just go to a supermarket, stalls or Bloemenmarkt, the characteristic floating flower market that takes place on the Singel canal.
Another place where you can admire expanses of colorful tulips is the park of Keukenhof, the largest flower garden on the planet, located in Lisse, 35 km from Amsterdam.On an area of 32 hectares, 7 million tulips are cultivated, all of which bloom at the same time, between the end of March and the end of May: the visual impact is truly extraordinary, among flowerbeds, ponds and bridges that seem to come out of a painter’s canvas.

Between history and legend

The origins of this flower are Persian: it was a Dutch diplomat who gave the bulbs to the botanist Carolus Clusius at the end of the 16th century. Immediately the tulip conquered the population, so as to become a real luxury good from the cost of 1000 florins. Think that this fashion led to the crack on the stock exchange, thanks to which, however, prices fell, making the flower accessible to everyone.
In the language of flowers, the tulip symbolizes the inconstancy of love in the West, while in the native East it means eternal love.
This bond with the feelings is due to poignant legends that cover the tulip, all of Persian origins. For example, the beautiful Ferhad in love with Shirin: the young man goes in search of fortune and Ferhad waits for him in vain for a long time, until wounded by sharp stones, weep because aware that he will die without seeing his beloved. Her tears mingled with blood and, fallen on the ground, turned into red tulips.

Rijnsburgcorso 2018: the floral parade of Rijnsburg, Katwijk and Noordwijk.

When it comes to flowers and floral parades, the Dutch never stop, not even in August, and instead of thinking only about distant shores where to spend their holidays, they find the time to celebrate showing off what they have most beautiful and colorful in this magnificent land : the flowers.

Is no less the Rijnsburgcorso which takes place every year on the second Saturday of August and consists of 12 floats, cars decorated with flowers and musical groups. Every year this special flower show attracts over 350,000 visitors. This event is also successfully broadcast each year on national TV (broadcaster MAX).

 

The programm

August 10th:
An extra (free) event is the Flower Parade Show, which will be held on Friday evening, August 10th at 7 pm at Bloemenveiling Royal FloraHolland, Laan van Verhof 3, 2231 BZ in Rijnsburg. Here all vehicles will be lined up to be admired, all surrounded by a music and entertainment program.

August 11th:

Saturday, August 11th The Flower Parade will ride a real triumphal procession through Rijnsburg, Katwijk and Noordwijk. The theme of the 73rd flower parade in Rijnsburg is “Around the world”. New Route The Katwijkse Boulevard occupies an even more prominent place on the trail this year. As a result, the parking will be closed for a few hours. The part in the route Wilhelminastraat, Tramstraat, Zeeweg, Karel Doormanlaan, Industrieweg and Biltlaan thus concludes with this change. The route will be extended by a part of this district where the bands will also participate.

August 12th:

Floats in Noordwijk

On Sunday  August 12th the wagons will be set up on the Koningin Wilhelmina avenue in Noordwijk.

 

The complete itinerary

August Saturday 11th 2018

Rijnsburg itinerary. Beginning: 1:00 pm
Viale della Verhof – Rijnsburgerweg – Oegstgeesterweg – Conte Floris Avenue – Old Vlietweg – Sindaco Kooman Square – Kerkstraat – Vliet North Side – Koestraat – Noordeinde – Noordwijkerweg – Burg. Meyboomstraat – Kanaalstraat – Evertsenstraat – Witte de Withstraat – Akkerwinde – Aronskelk – Boslaan – Sandtlaan

Katwijk I. Itinerary Beginning: approx. 1:45 pm
Sandtlaan – Rijnstraat – Zeeweg – Koningin Julianalaan – Boslaan – Meeuwenlaan – Segretario Varkevisserstraat

IKatwijk II. Itinerary Beginning: approx. 2.45 pm
NOTE: modified route *

 Varkevisser Street (Intersection Schelpendam) – Vuurbaak Square – Boulevard – Rijnmond – inside Luis – Hoorneslaan.

Katwijk III. Itineray Beginning: approx. 2.45 pm New route.
Melkweg – Capricorn – Northern Lights – Hercules- Scorpion – Billtlaan – Zwarteweg- Driehoeklaan (‘S Heeren Loo).

 Noordwijk itinerary Beginning: 6.30 pm
Booker Ditch Lane – Lindenhofstraat – Van Limburg Stirumstraat – Santa Geestweg – Raadhuisstraat – Zeestraat – Nieuwe Zeeweg – Huis Ter Duinstraat – Pickeplein – Il Grent – Palaceplein – Queen Wilhelmina Boulevard – Vuurtorenplein – Parallel Boulevard – Palaceplein – Queen Wilhelmina Boulevard

* The parking lot on the Boulevard is closed for several hours during the event

 

Where, how, when

The flower parade of Rijnsburg will be held on August 11th, 2018 in Rijnsburg, Katwijk and Noordwijk.

For all the info: http://www.rijnsburgscorso.nl

Corso Zundert 2018: photos, colors and information about the biggest floral parade in the world

Back on time as every year, Corso Zundert, the most incredible floral parade on the planet, this year will take place on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September, in the usual style that distinguished it for almost eighty years.The first edition of Corso Zundert took place in 1936 in honor of Regina Guglielmina and, since then, has always maintained the tradition handed down from generation to generation.

A regulation established in 1989 provides for the maximum dimensions of wagons to be nineteen meters in length and nine in height. The peculiarity lies, however, in the fact that these realizations are built and, above all, colored just a few days before the parade with only one type of flower: the dahlia.

The entire parade is designed, realized as well as moved by the volunteers who, after having built the carts, also take the hard task of pushing the heavy “loads” along the city route.

The heralds
Zundert is divided into twenty Heralds  representing their culture, identity and their flag. Each Herald has his own chariot and each represents what you are. Winning, making the best car according to the jury, is a source of great satisfaction and reward for everyone.

Photo previous editions

Where, how, when

The Zundert Course will be held on September 2nd and 3rd in Zundert, in the Netherlands.
For all the updated information and to buy tickets to attend the event along the route, you can visit the official website (in English and Dutch)

Varend Corso 2018: the Dutch floating floral parade

It is perhaps less known than the “street” flowered parades like Bloemencorso or Corso Zundert but, for the fans, it certainly represents an unmissable event and a unique opportunity to follow live this eccentric event that takes place at the beginning of August in the south of Holland, crossing the municipalities of Westland, Schipluiden, Maassluis, The Hague, Delft and Vlaardingen.

 

What is Corso Varend?

This is an annual event in which the boats, adorned with flowers, plants and even local vegetables, parade for three days along the canals of the municipalities in front of about 500,000 people who can follow the event also along the cycle paths (crowd permitting! )

 

The mission

The purpose of this particular floral parade is not only to offer the numerous public and organizers a day of pure fun and sparkling colors, but also and above all, to show how beautiful and varied the Westland products are, starting with flowers , plants, up to vegetables grown in greenhouses.

 

The organization

The whole event is organized by a group of about fifty volunteers, divided into various tasks based on roles. Since this is a parade that takes place in the middle of the summer, it is also dedicated a space to Kindercorso, the parade dedicated to children where these boats are created almost by kids only assisted by experts to summer school or helped by the local scout groups.

 

Photo previous editions


 

Where, how, when

The Corso Varend will take place on the Weekend of August 3rd, 4th and 5th 2018 following three different routes that you can easily download and view on the official website of the event (only in Dutch)

 

View routes here

Official website: https://varendcorso.nl/

Fan page facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VarendCorso/