Spring in the Netherlands means tulips.
And tulip fields in bloom means tourists.
One of the most popular places to see ‘our’ tulip – actually, tulips come from way further to the east than the Netherlands! – is the Keukenhof.
However, what most people don’t know is that actually the best way to enjoy the tulips is to take a bike ride through the fields surrounding the Keukenhof, towards the city of Leiden.
It is funny to realise that during the Golden Age these tulips and their bulbs were very rare and expensive, costing up to ten times an average annual salary (at the time ~3000-4500 guilders, which is currently still about 1400-2000€!). Nowadays the tulipmania has subsided, but they are as popular as ever 🙂
Oh, and the trick to keeping your tulip bouquet last for a long time: put them in a vase with only about an inch of water, refilling when needed. This prevents them from opening up completely, after which they usually quickly wither.