On 24 and 25 April, the city of Amsterdam is holding its first annual Tulip Days festival. Both historical and contemporary tulips have been planted all around the city - in the gardens of the historic houses along the canals, as well as in the gardens of museums and institutions, and their doors will be open that weekend for visitors.
The city is hoping to revive Amsterdam as the Tulip capital. Originating in palace gardens in Istanbul, Turkey, the tulip was introduced to the Dutch in the early 17th century and a craze began immediately to acquire the rare bulb. Unfortunately the merchants charged such high prices that the market collapsed within just months. The city of Amsterdam has been connected to the bulb ever since, even though the tulip