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The Golden Age provides the inspiration for the Keukenhof 2016 theme

The Keukenhof theme for 2016 is “The Golden Age”. The era in which the Netherlands went through a flourishing period in the field of trade, arts and sciences. This was also the period in which the world was discovered and the tulip trade thrived.

The highlight is a flower bulb mosiac about the Golden Age. The mosiac shows a Delft Blue tile on which the trade across the seas and the rich canal-side houses of Amsterdam are depicted. The mosiac has an area of 250m². There are 100.000 flower bulbs used: tulips, grape hyacinths (muscari) and crocuses. The mosaic is planted with two layers of bulbs ensuring that it will bloom throughout the whole season.

The tulip is the distinctive icon of Netherlands throughout the world. And Keukenhof can do no other than give the tulip centre stage. An exhibition being organised in the Juliana Pavilion shows the history of the tulip, 17th Century tulip mania and today’s tulip as contemporary icon.

The tale of the tulip is truly impressive. From bulbs worth their weight in gold, theft, and a mountain dweller that feels at home in the Dutch climate, to the story of the black tulip, and famous people who gave their name to new varieties. All these stories are told in the Tulpomania exhibition in the Juliana Pavilion.

Christen your own tulip, see how the new tulips are cultivated, and receive advice and tips from our experts about the use of flower bulbs in your own garden.

The Golden Age provides the inspiration for the flower mosaic and for many of the flower shows in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion. New in 2016 are a Golden Age inspirational garden and a Delft Blue garden.

Keukenhof 2016: 24 March – 16 May




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Brain Exercise

Brain Exercise
If you fancy flexing your synaptic muscles, take yourself down to Max Euwe Centrum for a free game of chess! This centre is dedicated to the game and is free all, from Monday to Thursday, between 12:00 noon and 16:00. You’ll find this place down on Max Euweplein 30II, 1017 MB Amsterdam.

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Park Life @ Flying Pig Uptown Hostel

Green spaces can be hard to come by in a city as compact as Amsterdam but luckily enough, there’s a huge park on the doorstep for everyone staying at the Flying Pig Uptown hostel. Vondelpark is quite literally just out of the hostel’s front door, and the scenic stress busting walks here – past the water features, trees and bandstands – cost nothing.

Vondel Park near the Flyingpig Uptown



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Take a Free Ferry Ride In Amsterdam

Take a Free Ferry Ride
free ferry Canal boat tours of Amsterdam can cost a small fortune, so instead why not hop a free ferry ride from Amsterdam to the shipyard in the cool, new, and regenerated – Berlinesque area.The ferry connecting Amsterdam to Berlinesque is a commuter service and just like the Staten Island Ferry in New York – it’s free for all foot passengers who come aboard. open in new window



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Friday Night Skate

If you’re looking for exercise on holiday without having to fork out for a gym pass or a hot yoga session, then how about a Friday night rollerblade through the city streets? If you have your own wheels, this weekly meet is free to all and starts in the Vondelpark, just next to the Flying Pig Uptown hostel. It then goes on a circuit taking in the canals and the harbour, before returning to the park. Find out more about the where, the when and the theme, online.

Fridaynight Skate Amsterdam

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