Some 500,000 tulips line Amsterdam for Tulp Festival opening at new Paleiskwartier

The third edition of the Amsterdam Tulp Festival was officially opened on Thursday. For this edition of the festival, which will run from April 1st to May 14th, a massive 500 thousand tulip bulbs were planted across the city. During the opening, the new Paleiskwartier association was introduced, with the group made up of organizations along the major Amsterdam streets of Damrak, Rokin, Kalverstraat and Nieuewndijk as well as Dam Square.

The Tulp Festival was established to bring more tulips to even the most urban areas of Amsterdam, festival organizer Saskia Albrecht told the NL Times after the opening ceremony in front of the royal palace on Dam Square. “The goal is to display tulips everywhere in Amsterdam, also where there are not many tourists,” she said. The point, she added, is to connect everyone in the city to a flower that is synonymous with the Netherlands.

This year the organizers planted tulip bulbs at over 60 locations in the city. Bulbs were planted in the ground, in pots, in gardens, next to special buildings and in public spaces. Most of the plant work was done by volunteers and school children during the autumn. The Tulp Festival created so that people can see exactly where to find the Dutch flowers.

The Westermarkt is decked with only white tulips. And in the garden of the Museum van Loon there are only palatial tulips. Parks like Oosterpark and Frankendael have tulips of all colors. Tulips can also be found at, among others, at the Eye, RAI convention center and in the gardens of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Hermitage Museum. 

“What’s very different this year is that we have tulips along the whole of the Damrak and Rokin,” Albrecht said. That means anyone walking through the city between Amsterdam’s Central Station and Muntplein can admire thousands of tulips on this walk through and around the Paleiskwartier, or “Palace District” in English.

During the opening of the Tulp Festival,…

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