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Pick Your Own Tulips in Amsterdam on National Tulip Day 2025

Free Tulips, January 18, 2025 – Museumplein, Amsterdam

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Free Tulip Picking Garden

Once a year, on the third Saturday in January, Museumplein — Amsterdam’s largest square — transforms into a giant field of tulips. [Note: until 2022 Tulip Day took place on Dam Square. But the popular event outgrew that square.]

National Tulip Day 2025 — the event’s 14th anniversary edition — takes place on Saturday, January 18.

Theme in 2024: Let’s Dance, with DJ Hardwell

We do not yet know what the theme for the National Tulip Day in 2025 will be.

The theme of 2024 was ‘Let’s Dance!’ and the garden was opened by DJ and producer: Hardwell.

Hardwell, one of the world’s most popular DJ’s, baptized a tulip named after himself. The Tulip Day organization says tulips look like the “dance” in the vase. The cut flowers keep growing a bit, and each flower decides which way to turn.

The new ‘Hardwell’ tulip, a tribute to DJ Hardwell, was presented to the public for the first time on Tulip Day.

National Tulip Day: Start of the Cut Tulip Season in the Netherlands

National Tulip Day (Dutch: Nationale Tulpendag) marks the start of the cut tulip season in the Netherlands.

That is why some 500 tulip growers/breeders use 200.000 tulips — in a wide range of colors and shapes — to create a tulip picking garden in the center of Amsterdam.

Here’s what that looked like in January 2024:

Amsterdam: National Tulip Day 2024 Aftermovie. A giant tulip picking garden on Museumplein in Amsterdam.

Free: Pick Your Own Bouquet of Tulips

That’s right: You get to pick your own bouquet of up to 20 tulips, free of charge. Carry them home (or to your hotel) in the free biodegradable tulip bag you will receive at the entrance.

Amsterdam’s National Tulip Day Event Details


What: National Tulip Day (Nationale Tulpendag)

When: Saturday, January 18, 2025

Where: Museumplein

Time: The garden opens at 1 PM and closes at 5 PM at the latest. (Note: in previous years all flowers were picked by about 4 PM.)

Photos/Videos: Show up (much) earlier if you want to take photos and videos of the tulip field before the crowd starts picking the flowers.

How long is the wait: Stewards allow a set number of people into the garden at a time. The average waiting time to enter the garden normally is 30-60 minutes.

Accessibility: The tulip picking garden is accessible to wheelchair users.

Keep this in mind:

  • Come early: Before the gates to the garden open, you can view and photograph the tulip field from a viewing bridge. Have your camera ready. In 2023 the popular event was visited by 18.000 people — including many tourists. Stewards keep the flow of people moving across the platform.
  • Free bag: You will receive a free tulip bag, which you can use for up to 20 flowers. You cannot use any other bags.
  • Pickpockets: Events like this are prime opportunities for pickpockets and luggage thieves. Keep an eye (and/or a hand) on your stuff at all times.

Organized by Tulip Promotion Netherlands

National Tulip Day is organised by Tulip Promotion Netherlands. The foundation was established by over 500 tulip growers/breeders in order to promote Dutch tulips worldwide.

And it works. 2019 (Pre-corona) was another good export year for flowers, plants and flower bulbs. In fact, floriculture heads the list of Dutch agricultural export products to the tune of 9.5 billion euros.

Not here on National Tulip Day? See Keukenhof in the Spring

If you’re not visiting Amsterdam in the middle of January, don’t worry. You can see some 7 million tulips and other flowers at Keukenhof this spring.

Keukenhof is one of the largest and best known flower gardens in the world. Open just 8 weeks a year(!) the garden draws 1.5 million visitors with its stunning floral displays.

Mind you, unlike the National Tulip Day on Dam Square, Keukenhof does not allow you to pick any of its flowers.

Map: National Tulip Day on Museumplein, Amsterdam

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