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  • Why the Netherlands is the tulip capital of the world.

  • Every spring, both visitors and residents flock to the Dutch countryside to witness the bloom of tulips.

  • From more than 10,000 visitors on National Tulip Day in Amsterdam to hundreds of fields lining the country roads, tulips are a staple in the country and the national flower.

  • But the tulip has a very particular history with the Netherlands.

  • Said to have originated in Turkey and Persia, tulips were imported into Holland in the 16th century.

  • They became popular throughout festivals and in paintings.

  • Legend says that it became so popular in the 17th century.

  • It created an economic bubble known as tulip mania where a single tulip bulb cost more than a house.

  • The buying and selling of tulip bulbs became so expensive that the market eventually crashed.

  • Though historians differ on the extremity and accuracy of the legend, tulips still remain an important chapter in the Netherlands' history.

  • Here are just a few places in the Netherlands that you can find these colorful flowers.

  • Every year, Amsterdam hosts National Tulip Day in Dam Square where more than 10,000 people come to celebrate the beginning of tulip season.

  • Around 200,000 tulips cover the square and are available for picking.

  • National Tulip Day is held on the third Saturday of January each year.

  • Keukenhof, one of the largest flower gardens in the world, is home to more than 7 million flower bulbs and is most known for the Dutch tulip.

  • There are around 800 varieties of tulips within the garden.

  • It is only open during the spring for prime flower viewing.

  • Outside of the garden, visitors can explore the rows of tulip fields in Lisse by renting a bike.

  • Hundreds more tulip fields sit on the countryside in an area known as the Bulb Region.

  • It consists of the flower strip, which stretches for miles between the towns of Haarlem and Leiden.

  • This seaside town is popular for its variety of flower fields that begin blooming in late March through the second week of May.

  • Once an area completely underwater, Noordoostpolder is now a thriving part of the country with one of the largest flower bulb areas in the Flevoland region.

  • Travel by car as you enjoy over 60 miles of colorful, vibrant tulip fields.

  • When visiting the tulips, remember to check when certain fields are blooming and to be considerate of where you're stepping.

Why the Netherlands is the tulip capital of the world.

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Why The Netherlands Is The Tulip Capital Of The World

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    April Lu   posted on 2019/06/18
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