With spring approaching ever so quickly, it is time to shine a bright spotlight on the Netherlands. For those planning to travel through Europe this April, you’ll want to carve out time to visit this beautiful country. (And remember to pack your camera and plenty of orange clothing.)
Keukenhof, notably the world’s largest flower garden, is a must-see destination on your springtime visit to the Netherlands. Over seven million flower bulbs are planted annually in this picturesque wooded park, which mature into beautiful blankets of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, bluebells, and other pretty posies. Located southwest of Amsterdam in Lisse, Keukenhof makes a wonderful day trip from the capital city. Visitors looking to experience the marvelous flowers in full bloom should plan their visit between late March, when the gardens open, and mid May.
This restful visit to the gardens will help you conserve energy for the huge celebration and national holiday that is Koninginnedag, also known as Queen’s Day. At the end of April each year, enthusiastic tourists hit the streets alongside the Dutch, clad in orange from head to toe, to celebrate the Queen of the Netherlands’ birthday by partying and drinking with friends and family. If staying in Amsterdam the night before, get a head start on the weekend’s festivities with Koninginnenacht, the celebration that kicks off the lively Queen’s Day festivities.
Other popular Amsterdam destinations include the Van Gogh Museum and The Anne Frank House. While visiting this historical home, visitors can learn more about Anne Frank, the young Jewish diarist who bravely hid from Nazi persecution with her family, view her actual diary, and learn more about her story in the museum’s exhibits. Art enthusiasts and those looking to brush up on their art history should make sure to visit the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of the famous Dutch artist’s paintings.
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This article was written by Alexa Perman, Tripping blogger.