When you think about the Netherlands, tulip flowers pop up in your mind instantly. It is obvious that the country is very famous for its tulip gardens, but little might you know about its history. So below is a quick look at the amazing flowers and its history.
The Amsterdamian Tulip Story
By the end of the sixteenth century, around 1550 tulip bulbs arrived in the Netherlands as a new flower from Constantinople via Antwerpen. Unsurprisingly, these flowers did not take much time to become popular among the country’s upper classes. It first bloomed in 1594 in the University of Leiden’s Botanical Garden. These tulip bulbs were brought here by Carolus Clusius from Vienna and during this time, Austria was in dispute with the Ottoman Empire and Central Europe.
When the Netherlands was going in the course of an unprecedented economic boom, a competition among tulip growers started to see who has the most attractive tulip. People even paid an extraordinarily high sum of money for buying a single tulip bulb. Gradually, some rare tulip bulbs of high price came into the picture. In the year 1635, forty bulbs were sold for a price of 100,000 florins, when the average annual income in the country was just 150 florins.
Even after all these years, the Dutch still love tulips. Interestingly, tulip mania, tulip madness, or tulipomania, is a word used for any economically bizarre group fad that goes crazy for tulips.
The Tulip Museum in Amsterdam
On your tours in Amsterdam, you can visit an entire museum dedicated to tulips, “The Tulip Museum”, where you can know about the history and cultivation of tulips via multimedia presentations on LCD screens. This will be an ideal place to visit if you like gardening. The museum is opened every day from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm except on the King’s Day (April 27) and on Christmas. The ticket prices for adults are 5 Euros, while it is 3 Euros for students, and 10 Euros for families.
This museum is situated at Prinsengracht 116, opposite to the Anne Frank House. It is only a fifteen-minute walk from the Central Station to the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, but if you are coming by car, you will have to park your ride at Q-Park Europa Parking, Marmixstraat 250. To get here by train, take tram lines 1, 2, and 5, and for bus, take lines 21, 170, 171, and 172, and alight at Westerkerk tram stop.