The tulip was introduced to Europe by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. The passion for tulips grew stronger within upper class members from the Low Countries, competing among each other for the rarest collection of tulips. Eventually, everyone began to deal in bulbs, essentially speculating on the tulip market, which was believed to have no limits. During spring large areas of Holland are transformed into splendid tulip carpets. This beautiful transformation gives the Dutch good cheer from the frosts of autumn and the snow of winter.
Be sure to tour the Lisse Bollenstreek Route (Bulb District Route), more popularly known as the Bloemen Route (Flower Route). The route is about 15miles long and it’s best experienced while cycling.
Also worth seeing is the Flower parade, a huge procession of nicely decorated floats and luxury cars. The last but not the least, the Keukenhof gardens, an incredible botanic experience. The best time to visit these places is mid-April, possible a bit earlier or later, depending on the weather.