Looking to soak up some culture in a beautiful European city? Then Amsterdam is the place for you. Renowned the world over for its exquisite and unique botanical history, you’ll experience a stunning and peaceful city with a real sense of individuality and natural beauty.
The Tulip Tale
Amsterdam is well-known for one flower in particular: the tulip. First introduced to The Netherlands in the sixteenth century, tulips have played a major role in the history of the country. Since then, the tulip has maintained its status as Holland’s most popular and beloved flower. Read on to find out where to see them... and maybe even learn a thing or two!
The Bloemenmarkt is the world’s only floating flower market. Located on floating stalls along the banks of the Singel Canal, thousands of flower varieties can be bought and admired – and you can also purchase seeds or bulbs if you’re got a green thumb! A trip to the Bloemenmarkt is not something to be missed, especially if you enjoy the smells of wild flowers, the views of the beautiful canal and the hustle and bustle of local Dutch life.
The Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Interested in the history of the tulip? Know you’d enjoy a change from the busier streets outside? The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is a walk through time, looking at how the tulip has shaped The Netherlands and how it has influenced society over the centuries.
If that sounds intriguing, get ready to learn more about Tulipomania during your visit. This is the craze that swept the country between 1634 and 1637, causing people to mortgage properties and estates just to get a stake in the tulip industry. This phase has formed a significant and fascinating part of Holland’s history and can be read about at the Amsterdam Tulip Museum.
If you’re looking to get a little fresh air and to witness the flower power of the city in a more naturally-occurring setting, take a stroll through Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s largest flower garden. This venue features endless exhibits, shows, garden inspirations, bulbs and, of course, flowers! It’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for a relaxing activity with no time constraints.
How to Get There
But how do you get to Amsterdam? We know that as a traveller whose time is precious, you want a comfortable service that will get you to your destination efficiently. The best way to get to Amsterdam is to fly, followed by a pre-booked airport taxi. Schipholis the best airport for you to fly into, as it is central to all the key points of interest in Amsterdam, giving you more time to enjoy the wonders of the city. If you like the idea of an airport taxi, Schiphol is serviced by Shuttle Direct, offering many easy ways for you to book ahead. So, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your transfer is sorted!
Now imagine that you’re sat comfortably in your pre-booked airport taxi. Schiphol terminal disappears behind you as you whizz off into the depths of one of the most beautiful, laidback and culturally alive cities that Europe has to offer. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, we don’t know what will!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable airport taxi, Schiphol drivers are ready and waiting to ensure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport in Amsterdam swiftly and safely.