The tulip, brought to Holland from the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, has since become a symbol of the country. Each spring the flower is celebrated with a festival that showcases the hundreds of varieties of tulips that are planted each year. From 1 April to 14 May, Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods, streets, squares and places of interest will be decorated with more than 500,000 colourful tulips. The festival is a great excuse to explore new parts of the city, with participating areas and locations honouring the flower with special gardens, events and blooms. Here, we guide you through the best places to see tulips in Amsterdam, along with special events and sights to see.