Mark the coming of spring with Amsterdam's colourful tulip festival that lets visitors take home their own stem and fills Dam Square with vibrancy.
- When? TBC 2018
- Where? Dam Square, Amsterdam
- Price: Free
If you spend the winter months dreaming of balmy summer days and lush greenery then chances are, you'll want to celebrate the coming of spring. It turns out you're not alone. Each year, on January 21st, central Amsterdam comes alive with thousands of tulips (the Netherlands' national flower) as flower growers decorate the plaza to herald the change of season.
Red, blue, yellow, pink - around 200,000 tulips in every colour help to create a massive 'picking garden' in the heart of the Dutch capital and, unsurprisingly, the event draws in plenty of locals and visitors. On average, 10,000 people flock to pick their own free tulip on the day, so they can take a little bit of early spring warmth home with them. Each year has a different theme, with the flower arrangements presented accordingly (the 2016 theme was 'Europe').
The free event attracts plenty of people and it also offers up some very Instagrammable moments with the vibrant blanket of flowers offering stunning colours and contrasts. Although the event is smaller than the later Keukonhof Gardens Tulip Event, it nevertheless marks the official start of the ever popular tulip season (so expect crowds). Previous National Tulip Days have also included plenty of surprises and festive promotions - prepare for some flowery treats along the way. After all, flowers can warm even the coldest of winter hearts.
- Get there: Fly to Amsterdam Schipol Airport and take the train to Amsterdam Centraal. It's a 10 minute walk to Dam Square, or take the tram in five.
- Stay: Find somewhere to stay near the city centre - there are plenty of places near to Dam Square.
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