Colourful tulips

Amsterdam is in bloom during Tulp Festival. Follow a variety of routes around the city to catch these colourful flower. For example from Damrak via Rokin and Vijzelstraat to Weteringcircuit. Take a tulip tour of Museumplein and around the Museumkwartier. Explore the tulip squares in Oud-West: Mercatorplein along Kwakersplein, Bellamyplein, Witte de Withplein, Van Limburg Stirumplein, Frederik Hendrikplantsoen.

Tulips will accompany you from the ferry to Buiksloterweg. Eastwards from Central Station you'll pass tulips on De Ruyterkade, Veemkade and Brazilplein. In Zuidoost, tulips meander from Anton de Komplein through to the Amsterdamse Poort. Tulips bloom at Osdorpplein and Gelderlandplein shopping centres.

Free tulips!

Amsterdammers will be surprised with free tulips. The Museum Quarter ondernemersvereniging (entrepreneurs' association) - which unites the shopowners and cultural institutions of the area - wants to usher in spring in a cheerful way by giving out 2000 free tulips.