Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are over the florists of the Netherlands are preparing for the next national holiday. Upcoming January the 18th we celebrate National Tulip Day. Amsterdam’s Dam Square will have a beautiful temporary garden filled with tulips. The best thing is you get to pluck some for free!
The Dam Square will be turned into a picking garden, where everyone can pluck their own tulips for free. At 13:00 o’clock the garden will be ceremoniously opened for picking. Before that time you can enjoy watching the 200.00 tulips on dam square. If you feel like picking some tulips there’s no need to bring a bag. The organization will provide a special tulip bag.
Tulips were first imported into the Netherlands from the former Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century. As a result of its popularity tulips even started the first economic bubble. There was such a high demand for the flowers and bulbs they gained monetary value and tulip bulbs were used as money. Nowadays we can’t imagine tulips not being a part of the Dutch culture.
The Tulip season is from National Tulip Day in January until the end of April. During this period you can purchase the most varieties of tulips from florists and flower stands. There are complete flower fields at the Kop van Noord-Holland, Aalsmeer and of course Keukenhof where you can enjoy the beautiful sights. Depending on the weather the best time to visit the flower fields may differ. Recent years have shown that the best period for the flower fields to flourish is from the end of March until May.
The feeling of spring in your room
At Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre we have dedicated our Wellness Rooms to tulips and the flower market. The Wellness Rooms come with a whirlpool and private sauna. So relax in the whirlpool, relieve stress in the sauna and due to the flowery inspiration it constantly feels like Spring.