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1. Posted by Cbppc25 (Full Member 75 posts) 10y

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Anyone know anything about the flower season or Queensday in Holland? I'll be in Amsterdam around the end of April, are there any nice tulip fields around that area for that month or some good festivals going on? Would I need a car?

Thanks
Chad

2. Posted by dstewart_o (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

From what i have heard-
A street market, music and entertainment in the streets for Queen's Day as its a Dutch national holiday. And you dress up in orange.

3. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

Hiya,

There is an important change! This year, Queen's Day is celebrated on Saturday the 29th of April, instead of the usual 30th of April. The rest is like every other year: the night before Queen's Day (Friday, 28 April 2006) is the big party night, while on Queen's Day itself you can find the entire Dutch population on the streets, partying or selling stuff on the open-air jumble sales. Don't forget to dress up in orange.
As the flowers are concerned, Nature is a bit off its stroke and most of the flowers are still in hybernation at the moment, but by the end of April you may find them all in bloom. Is suggest you to go to the Keukenhof, but not during the Easter holidays, because it tends to be awefully crowded then. Otherwise, go there in the morning and stroll around the flower fields in the surrounding area in the afternoon.
Have fun! :)

4. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

Quoting Cbppc25

Would I need a car?

Nope, public transport is excellent in the Netherlands. Everything can be easily reached by bus or train. There is a recent thread on the flower fields that you may find useful. Cycling through the flower fields comes highly recommended. If you do not have a byclicle I suggest you to rent one in Amsterdam or in Leiden or perhaps even in Heemstede.

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6. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Quoting Reinier NL

Hiya,

There is an important change! This year, Queen's Day is celebrated on Saturday the 29th of April, instead of the usual 30th of April. The rest is like every other year: the night before Queen's Day (Friday, 28 April 2006) is the big party night, while on Queen's Day itself you can find the entire Dutch population on the streets, partying or selling stuff on the open-air jumble sales. Don't forget to dress up in orange.
As the flowers are concerned, Nature is a bit off its stroke and most of the flowers are still in hybernation at the moment, but by the end of April you may find them all in bloom. Is suggest you to go to the Keukenhof, but not during the Easter holidays, because it tends to be awefully crowded then. Otherwise, go there in the morning and stroll around the flower fields in the surrounding area in the afternoon.
Have fun! :)

As a fellow dutchmen I totally agree with Reinier about Queensday.

If you are interested in the flowers than Aalsmeer Flower Auction is a must see !! Aalsmeer has the biggest flower auction in the world. You are welcome to pay a visit to Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer (VBA) every weekday. Leaving the Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer Visitors Centre, you cross a gallery at a height of 6 metres above the working floor. In this way you can see for yourself the auction process at work in the world’s largest flower auction. Audio boxes provide extra information in seven languages. A colour leaflet is available for visitors in several languages. The world market prices of flowers and plants are determined each day in the auction rooms of Aalsmeer. Millions of flowers and plants are sent on their way around the world through the auction clocks. Auctioning is a fascinating process, with large and small quantities of flowers and plants changing hands in a fraction of a second. Almost 19 million flowers and plants are sold daily.

The Aalsmeer Flower Auction is open to visitors: Monday to Friday, between 7.30 and 11.00 am and between April 4th and September 30th, between 7.00 and 11.00 am. Come early if you don’t want to miss anything! The auction is at its most beautiful before 9.00 am. Monday is the busiest day, Thursday the quietest.

Admission prices

The prices are as follows from January 1st. Adult: EUR 4,50; Children, 6-11 years: EUR 2,50; Groups of 15 or more (p. p.): EUR 3,50. Free admission for guides and bus drivers. Wheelchair access is difficult, please, let us know in advance. The building contains a self-service restaurant and souvenir shop.

More information

For further information, and questions regarding guided tours (at a charge): Telephone: Visitors Centre 031-297 392185 / 398050 from 7.30 am to 2.00 pm Fax: 031-297 390062 E-mail:info@vba.nl Post: Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer Visitors Centre Postbus 1000 1430 BA Aalsmeer The Netherlands Address: Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer Visitors Centre Legmeerdijk 313 1430 BA Aalsmeer The Netherlands. More info to find at www.aalsmeer.com

Getting there is easy. Take bus 172 from Amsterdam Central Station and ask the bus driver for the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. The bus trip crosses the Museumplein and Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, driving throught Amstelveen and then to Aalsmeer. When you enter Aalsmeer with this bus you can't miss it.

7. Posted by Cbppc25 (Full Member 75 posts) 10y

Hostelworld is very full during Queensday. Can anyone tell me of some towns very close by that I could find a hotel in and take a train/bus to get to Amsterdam? There will be three of us.
Thanks again for the help.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Hopping onto this thread:

Since I'm going to Amsterdam over Easter, can anyone tell me what sights in Amsterdam will be closed for the holiday? Museums, galleries, etc - that kind of attractions (Sorry, not interested in the other.)

What can I do and where can I go if everything is closed?

Where can I get cheap halal (= muslim) food? Any safe areas with a large muslim population?

9. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Quoting Cbppc25

Hostelworld is very full during Queensday. Can anyone tell me of some towns very close by that I could find a hotel in and take a train/bus to get to Amsterdam? There will be three of us.
Thanks again for the help.

For Amsterdam hostels you can take a look at :
www.bulldoghotel.com
www.flyingpig.nl
www.hostelsamsterdam.com/

Schiphol, Hoofddorp and Amstelveen have hotels but they are sometimes a lot expensive than hostels. These places are excellent reachable by public transport day and night.

You can also take a look at cities like Utrecht or Den Haag ; these cities have also hostels. From both cities it is about a hour by train but these trains go all day (every 15/30 min) and night (2 two hours).

Closer to Amsterdam are cities like Haarlem, Hilversum and Alkmaar but I gues it would be more difficult to find a hostel and these cities are not reachable by public transport at night.

10. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Quoting t_maia

Hopping onto this thread:

Since I'm going to Amsterdam over Easter, can anyone tell me what sights in Amsterdam will be closed for the holiday? Museums, galleries, etc - that kind of attractions (Sorry, not interested in the other.)

What can I do and where can I go if everything is closed?

Where can I get cheap halal (= muslim) food? Any safe areas with a large muslim population?

Museums and galleries are all open at easter. Please notice it can be a busy at these places. If you go earlie to your favorite museums you will more enjoy it.

A lot of touristic information you can find on http://www.amsterdamtourist.nl/