Tulips and other bulb flowers are the pride of the Netherlands, and nowhere is this more evident than at Keukenhof, the world-famous bulb flower park in Lisse (35 to 40 minutes by bus from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol). Stroll past rows upon rows of vibrantly-hued tulips in this outdoor wonderland, where flower lovers come from far and wide to admire the seasonal blooms.
Can't make it for tulip season? Don't despair; there are other flowers year round! The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is a temple to the Netherlands' favorite flower, with exhibits that show off its manifold breeds, and revisit the cultural history of the tulip in the Netherlands, from "tulipmania" to the present. The Bloemenmarkt, or Flower Market, is a complex of stalls that float atop a canal for an utterly unique experience; here, specially packed tulip and other bulbs are available for international tourists to take safely back to their home country. There's also the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, whose flower and plant exhibits are sure to please any botanically-inclined visitor.