GOING TO HOLLAND
GOING TO HOLLAND WHEN FLOWERS ARE IN BLOOM.
Peak tulip bloom time is weather dependent. Typically April 25 - May 5 is the absolute peak period for viewing tulip fields and gardens. Some years; however, the peak tulip period falls slightly earlier or later.
Visitors to Holland will find the months of April & May to be highly colorful in any year, with different flowers blooming successfully throughout the entire period.
For general information on Holland, call the Netherlands Board of Tourism at
phone: 1-888-GO HOLLAND
The famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse is "the" flower attraction of Holland. Every year new theme gardens with millions flowers are on display.
Summer: August 2 through September 16, 2008 featuring begonias, dahlias, lilies and other summer blooming varieties.
Spring: March 20 through May 18, 2008. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. including Sundays and holidays. (Ticket offices close at 6:00 p.m.)
Contact: Keukenhof Gardens
address: P.O. Box 66 2160AB Lisse Netherlands
Internet site: http://www.keukenhof.nl
This colorful parade of the bulb region starts in Noordwijk and ends in Haarlem. Parades are held in April, August and September.
Contact: Flower Parade
address:P.O. Box 115 2160 AC Lisse
tel: 0031 (0) 252-428237
fax: 0031 (0) 252-424796
Held on the second Saturday in May, windmills across Holland are open to the public.
Contact: Visitors Windmills
Internet site: www.holland.com
NETHERLANDS RESERVATIONS CENTER
They make it possible for you to make real-time reservations anywhere in Holland using their new system.
This one-of-a-kind national Dutch clearinghouse provides easy, efficient access to hotel information and booking service for hotel rooms throughout Holland. It is a non-profit service, jointly supported by the Dutch and is thus not affiliated with any one group of hotels it represents everyone. The result: a one-stop call for hotel booking: just tell them: 1) city, 2) dates, 3) what kind of hotel you are looking for .... fancy, low budget, near museums, near train station, must have modem hook-ups, on a canal, charming, modern, whatever. They'll tell you what is available on the dates you give them, at what price ranges. You tell them what you want and they will book it for you on your credit card. Ask for faxed confirmation.
This is quite simply a fantastic service! Typically Dutch in its efficiency and thoughtful service. While we cannot be held responsible for every person's experience with NRC we've used it since 1990 and never once had a problem. (We just wish NYC could get something like this going!)
phone: 011 31 70 419 5544 (English)
fax: 011 31 70 419 5519
internet site: www.hotelres.nl