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An educational experience forest for young and old.
Yearly millions of tulips from the northern part of Noord-Holland, the largest concentration of bulb fields in the world, find their way all over the world. This way the tulip became the icon and national symbol of the Netherlands. Even so not many people know the true story of the tulip.
In the middle of Northern Dutch bulb fields, next to an Old Dutch ‘stolp’ farm runs an exciting path in a real wood gathering forest. During a visit of approx two to three hours young and old make an exciting trip through the complete history of the tulip. The origin of the tulip, the Turkish sultans and the tulip, the Tulipomania and the untiring work of the tulip growers are shown in intriguing stories and pictures.
It starts in the wilderness of the savage mountains of the Himalaya, the origin of the tulip, where original species still grow. Kids climb the mountains, creep and sneak through the tunnels.
Descending the path to the fairy-tale Palace Gardens of the Sultans of Turkey, lovers of the first hour. Big is the passion of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent for his favorite flower: the tulip. This generous Sultan gives the bulbs to foreign visitors and so the tulip travels to the 17th century Amsterdam, where it wins the hearts of the Dutch.
Wandering through the city we see how tulip bulbs are sold for lots and lots of money in small pubs. Those greedy Dutch sell all their possessions and more, speculating on tulip bulbs. Of course this has to go wrong, but luckily not for everyone.
Calmness returns and the tulip ends up with the farming families on the sandy farmlands near the Dutch coast. These families, making long working hours, try to earn some pennies selling the flowers in winter and spring. Behind the characteristic Bulb shed one can search the maze made of old fashioned mesh trays.
Tracing from past into present the tour ends at the modern nursery of Fluwel. The rise of the mechanization has improved the tulip growery. The difference between the time consuming hand labor and the speed of nowadays is unbelievable. Kids can play on some of the large machines and there is a play tractor course around the mill.
The tulip is a true globetrotter, conquering the world a second time from the Netherlands. In the greenhouse an exposition and film give an insight in the modern Dutch tulip growery and trade. In August and September you can peel bulbs by hand yourself, like in the old days.
Go on this journey and discover everything, but really everything about tulips. Kids join Zwiebol on a quest, play exciting games and learn about tulips by means of creative missions.
Fluwels Tulpenland is open from April till November; daily from 10.00 am till 05.00 pm. Entrance fee to the educational forest is € 7,50 each, children 3-12 years old €6,00.
Parking is free, wheelchair accessible; dogs on a short leach are permitted.
Restaurant and shop:
In the Old Dutch farm the stable has been rebuild to a cozy restaurant where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and nice regional delicacies. The shop is situated in the old hay stack. On sale are gifts with pictures of tulips and of course a large collection of tulip bulbs from Fluwel: www.fluwel.com
Restaurant and shop are freely accessible.
Restaurant and shop can be visited without entrance fee.