Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, which previously canceled its opening on March 21 due to the measures in force regarding the coronavirus, will no longer open in 2020. The flower park said it was ready for an opening on April 1, a day after the previous emergency ordinance expired. This date was changed by the Dutch cabinet on Monday to June 1, which means that the doors of the popular tourist attraction will remain closed this year.
“The fact that Keukenhof cannot open is a huge disappointment with major financial consequences for everyone involved,” writes Keukenhof on its website. “The dismay among the employees and partners who have worked on the preparation for a year is great. The park is currently ready for the opening, the flower bulbs are blooming and the flower shows have been largely arranged.” (source)
The Keukenhof is one of the top attractions in Netherlands. This the world’s largest bulb flower garden and in a good season can attract over 800.000 visitors in just 8 weeks time. These 8 weeks neatly correspond with the short-lived growth faze of all those lovely flowers. With your Keukenhof Tulip Gardens tickets you can expect millions of multicoloured flowers including; Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils.
The next possibility is in 2021, unfortunately.
Experience a relaxing day away from Amsterdam’s hectic city centre with this half-day Keukenhof tour. Visit the scenic Dutch countryside location with a chartered bus. Once at the Keukenhof you can explore this magical garden indecently at your own pace. An added bonus of these Keukenhof Tulip Gardens tickets is that they also give you access to a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Experience the beautiful Keukenhof Tulip Gardens and see UNESCO world heritage canal ring of Amsterdam.
The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens tour starts off in Amsterdam. Leave by coach from the set meeting point and journey across the splendid Dutch countryside. See the flat countryside filled with flourishing flowers whilst getting information from your tour guide on the history of this region of The Netherlands. Once at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens set off at your own leisure pace. A provided map helps you easily explore the 79-acre (32-hectare) tulip gardens. Walk along the many pathways all lined with millions of blooming tulips.
Fun fact: Did you know that blue tulips do not exist?
Besides the tulips the bluebells, daffodils and hyacinths are also in their springtime bloom during your visit. Bring your own Picnic lunch and settle down next to the many beautiful brooks, greenhouses and ponds. For those who’d rather eat out, there also many option at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens for having lunch. After seeing the entire Keukenhof head on down back to the coach where the tour ends. Once back in Amsterdam you can join an Amsterdam canal cruise through its UNESCO World Heritage canals. Tickets for the canal cruise are included with your Keukenhof Tulip Garden Tickets!
The Dutch tulip mania of 1636 – 1637 is considered to be one of greatest (and most bizarre) economic boom and bust in world history. Tulips originally come from Central Asia and were first cultivated by the Turks. The word ‘tulip’ actually derives from the Turkish word for turban. When a new director of Hortus botanics Leiden (Europe’s oldest botanical garden) brought the tulip with him he soon found out that the cool damp Dutch climate and the fertile delta soil were perfect for tulip cultivation and cross breeding.
Exotic versions of the tulips had frilly petals and flamelike streaks of colour. These features attracted the attention of Holland’s many wealthy merchants at that time. They bought them and put them on display in their living rooms and hallways to impress their visitors. The trickle down wealth and savings during Holland’s golden age stoked the taste for all kinds of exotics and the number of tulip growers increased to satisfy the rocketing demand.
What followed was a speculative frenzy. People paid large sums of money for the finest bulbs, many of them changing hands multiple times before actually sprouting. Fortunes were made in the trade and speculators went crazy in outbidding each-other.
But all good things must come to and end. When multiple Haarlem based bulb traders failed to get their expected prices in February 1637 the bottom fell out of the whole market. In a couple of weeks time many of Holland’s wealthiest merchant went bankrupt and many others, with far less wealth, also lost everything.
But miraculously the Dutch love for tulips didn’t disappear. They are to this day the world leaders in the cultivation of tulips. To get a taste for the Dutch love of tulips one must visit the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens! This guided tour takes half a day and included 1 one canal cruise too. Especially on sunny spring days this is one of the best activities outside of Amsterdam.
Tulips and other flowers predominately bloom during the spring time. In the Netherlands this is from March through May. These are the best months to visit the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens to see all the flowers bloom. If you prefer a higher chance of sunshine during your visit we’d advice you to come in May. Since the Keukenhof will remain closed in 2020 due to the corona virus, the next possibility will only be in 2021, from the third weekend of March.
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