In Amsterdam the tulips bloom for a short time; they appear in March between the impetuous daffodils and hyacinths, in May they give way to the roses; the Dutch people forget that in the seventeenth century, they were ruined by the speculation with tulip bulbs and give themselves completely to their flowers. Of course, a visit to the Bollenstreek, an area in the southeast of Amsterdam where flowers grow in the fields, there may never forget. The colors produce an emotion that is meant to be arrived to pay fortunes for a single piece of tulip. But any of the urban gardens during the second half of April will make us experience a saturation similar to that offered beauty artworks.
Starting the trip on Dam Square
Care for these fragile flowers begins each year with the National Day of Tulipan, around January 18. Dam Square, neurological center of the capital, disappears under the pots and the city is flooded with cut flowers and bulbs growth, the Dutch buy or admire them. During the following months the flowers become the gift by excelence for mokummer (inhabitants of Amsterdam), who greet the strangers with a squeeze aseptic hands, but they not hesitate to kiss three times their friends.
The red light district with its showcases women, and coffee shops, where marijuana is legal, are very close to Dam Square, but it may be preferable to take advantage of the spring environment for walking and cycling. Following the Kalverstraat shopping and then touring by the St. Luciensteeg, you arrive to a surprising haven of peace, the Begijnhof or Beguinage, a garden surrounded by houses where they lived (and still live) single women. After the walk you can sit in a coffee outdoors to eat broodje, typical roll of cheese, or stroopwafel, waffle filled with a sweet treat and little dripping.
It is time to wander through the meticulous curved paths of the Botanic Garden, in the Plantage district, the extramural enclave where Amsterdammers once walked. It was opened at the beginning of the seventeenth century in order to systematize and preserve those valuable flowers that obsessed both the Dutch. They are studying their healing properties and rarities like the ancient cactus that age there, is still admired. You are remembered with particular affection the flight of exotic butterflies in their greenhouse Lepidoptera.
To take some of that beauty at your home, you must visit the Bloemenmarkt, a flower market, this market is done in boats and skiffs tied to land on the Singel canal. Already in the eighteenth century the channel was the preferred medium for supplying flowers to the city, today sells seeds, bulbs. Anytime is good to visit it, the fragrant bouquets come from all over the world, including if the tulip season is finish. In addition, the market is open every day, and is so central that we can use to admire the facades of the area and the Munttoren, one of the medieval city gates.
Let now the Vondel Park, just at the crossing point of the Overtoom street and Baerfestraat Avenue. It was the project of a group of wealthy citizens that give to Amsterdam a public park of English style, with lawns and a little asalvajado. Here theaters and concerts for children and adults are organized. Before, the Film Museum was located here, but, like as many other cities, Amsterdam has regained its maritime zone, now the museum under the name of EYE, is housed in an avant-garde venue on the banks of the IJ.
Just opposite is the Central Station, that red brick building which is usually the first thing they see when they disembark travelers with their suitcases in Amsterdam. EYE opens the appetite to approach to the Museumplein, a unavoidable square whose meets three museums: the Rijksmuseum, the largest art museum in the Netherlands, is surrounded by gardens, in spring are filled with strollers. The Van Gogh Museum and Stedeljik. The first shows the best of the Golden Age of Dutch painting (XVII century), when born Van Dijck and Vermeer.
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The Anne Frank House
We end this tour of Amsterdam with unforgettable memories to other perspectives: that of the artist Escher, whose drawings of endless repetitions will see in any corner of the city, although most of his work is in The Hague; black eyes, innocent, full of life, the girl Anne Frank. Her House Museum is in Prinsengratch street in the Jordaan district. Holland suffered greatly during World War II, and retains a Jewish neighborhood that does not forget the Holocaust, explained in the Jewish Historical Museum, in the Oude Zijde. Outside, flowers undulate more beautiful than ever, in tribute to the life and hope. Maybe our gaze isn’t as deep as of the artists or heroes, but you can enjoy with what they left us in the streets, in history, in the city.