Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Holland in full bloom with 'Floriade 2012'


Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will officially open the Floriade 2012 on 04 April. Staged only once every ten years at a changing location in Holland, the Floriade World Horticultural Expo will open its doors to the public on 05 April 2012.

Expect to see some of the most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees, fruit and vegetables of the world on show. If you want to make the most of your visit to Holland make sure you fit in a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. This colourful park near Amsterdam offers the best of traditional tulips and other spring flowers.
Floriade 2012 - a unique experience
The Floriade World Horticultural Expo is held in Holland every ten years since 1960 and always at a different location in Holland. From 5 April until 7 October 2012, the sixth edition of Floriade will be organised in Venlo in central-eastern Holland. The central theme of Floriade 2012, 'Be part of the theatre in nature, get closer to the quality of life', has been translated into five core sub-themes, which will be portrayed via five themed zones on the park.  The five core sub-themes at Floriade will cover the different aspects of the relationship between the consumer and the horticultural sector.
It will be open to the public daily from 10.00-19.00. The entrance fee starts from €25.00 for adults and €12.50 (4-12 years). Expected attendance of Floriade 2012 is 2 million visitors. The site is easily accessible by road, rail and air, offering many different routes from the UK. It has ample parking facilities for both cars and coaches. The site is only a short distance from the main Venlo railway station. The region is home to a variety of excellent authentic hotels.
Colorful flower displays at Keukenhof
From 22 March-20 May 2012, one of Holland's most popular attractions will open its doors again. The Keukenhof gardeners have planted over 7 million bulbs during the winter to guarantee that the flower gardens can be experienced in all its glory throughout the spring. In 2012, the park's theme will be paying a colourful tribute to Poland with its theme: "Poland - Heart of Europe".
The Keukenhof is open to the public from 22 March to 20 May 2012 daily from 08:00 to 19:30 (ticket office open until 18:00). The entrance fee is €14,50 for adults and €7,00 for children (4-11 years). The Keukenhof can be reached by car or by train and bus/ Combination tickets are available when travelling by bus from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Enjoy a perfect Netherlands rail trip to Floriade 2012

Admire the beauty of nature at Floriade 2012
Admire the beauty of nature at Floriade 2012

If you're planning a short break this spring that allows you to get close to nature, consider visiting the Netherlands during the World Horticultural Expo, Floriade. This event, which is held only once every ten years, is a celebration of nature's beauty and sees gardeners from the world over put on amazing displays.
This year, the sixth incarnation of Floriade will take place in the Dutch town of Venlo at the settlement's local park. Horticulturalists are working on five themed zones spread over the park's 66 hecatres, with each section separated by wooded areas. The segments each have their own decor and programme, with music and theatre playing a large part in the planned events.
Arguably the world's ultimate flower show, Floriade runs for a period of six months, so there's no need to worry about booking a break quickly. Travel between April 5th and October 7th and you'll be able to visit the park and experience all the natural celebration has to offer.
Under the broad title The Theatre of Nature, Floriade 2012 will be hosting sections dedicated to relaxing and healing, education and innovation, and the environment. Make your way around the first section to see how nature affects your health and wellbeing through the five senses of taste, smell, vision, hearing and feeling. In this Oriental setting you can follow a barefoot path, witness tea rituals and find out more about healing herbs.
In the Education and Innovation world, meanwhile, you'll discover the importance of continued learning and be inspired by the ideas and innovations you come across. Try cooking your own meal in a laboratory, sample unusual fruit and vegetable creations and go on a journey through the jungle greenhouse.
Head to the Environment section next to see how flowers, plants, trees, fruit and vegetables can improve your life every day as you discover the importance of greenery in the city. Wander through gardens designed by creative artists and famous landscape architects, and watch a special virtual tour video that lets you explore Floriade.
Another world is entitled Green Engine, and it's here you can see how nature and industry complement one another, with horticulture shown to be an economic engine. Plant a tulip as a permanent souvenir of your trip, learn how to make floral art and visit the Villa Flora to make your way round one of the world's biggest indoor flower shows.
The last section is the World Show Stage, where you can enjoy some entertainment in the amphitheatre or sample international foods. Visit gardens named after countries - like Pakistan and Indonesia - where you can admire traditional buildings, water features and indigenous flora.
At the restaurant here you can sample world flavours, while performances will be given daily in the amphitheatre. The main attraction is set to be the Harvest Show - a spectacular performance of world music and acrobatics that will be held every day for visitors.
If you want to pay a visit to Floriade, consider booking a Great Rail Journey, which will take you directly to the horticultural extravaganza along with other top spots in the Netherlands. A holiday by rail is an ideal way of relaxing and soaking up pretty Dutch scenery as you travel around.
Expect to call in at the picturesque Keukenhof Gardens - which open in spring to reveal enchanting floral displays as well as sculpture gardens, greenhouses, tranquil ponds and a windmill across 80 acres of land - before heading to Delft, which is renowned for its famous Royal Delft porcelain factory.
Your train journey will also take you to the heart of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, where you can embark on a walking tour of the cosmopolitan city. Take in the landmarks and afterwards be sure to call in at some of the local museums. Among the most prominent is the Rijksmuseum, which displays artworks by native painters such as Vermeer, Frans Hals and Rembrandt.
There's also the historical spot of Anne Frank House to visit, where you can find out more about the young girl's life in hiding from the Nazis, or - to admire some more art - call in at the Van Gogh Museum, which is home to the largest collection of the artist's works in the world.

Friday, March 23, 2012

'Floriade 2012' Day Trips

Amsterdam Super Saver: Keukenhof and Floriade 2012 Day Trip

Amsterdam Super Saver: Keukenhof Gardens and Floriade 2012 Day Trip, Amsterdam, Day Trips
If you like flowers, there is no better place than Amsterdam in springtime! With this Amsterdam Super Saver,  you can enjoy a 15% discount when you book ... Continue Reading »
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


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Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Exhibition: Day Trip from Amsterdam

Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Exhibition: Day Trip from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Day Trips
Don't miss your chance to attend Floriade 2012, the world's largest flower and gardening exhibition held only once every 10 years. Located in the South of ... Continue Reading »
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Experience 'Floriade 2012, the world’s largest horticultural festival, with Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the upscale and lifestyle hotel brand, is teaming up with world-famous floral exhibition Floriade which takes place from 5 April – 7 October 2012 in Venlo, the Netherlands

A truly once in a lifetime event, Floriade dates back 52 years and takes place only once every ten years in the Netherlands. Floriade has previously been hosted in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Zoetermeer and Haarlemmermeer and brings together exhibitors and visitors from all over the world to enjoy a variety of dance, theatre, music, food stalls and art all inspired by the gardens and pavilions housing the many floral displays.
Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts across Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven are offering the opportunity to experience this event with a selection of unique packages which include entrance tickets and transfers to and from Floriade, an overnight stay in a Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts Superior Room and full buffet breakfast.
Floriade will showcase over 100 exhibitors and five uniquely themed worlds to explore including the healing herbs, tea rituals and barefoot path of ‘Relax & Heal’ and ‘Green Engine’ – home to Villa Flora the biggest indoor flower exhibition in Europe where you can learn how to sculpt your own floral masterpiece.
‘Education & Innovation’ takes you on a journey through an exotic greenhouse tasting unusual fruit and vegetables along the way and finishing off by cooking your own meal. Why not enjoy the fruits of your labour while watching spectacular entertainment taking place next to the water’s edge at the ‘World Show Stage’.
To book your package visit:
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Rate is including VAT (‘BTW’)
Rate is excluding city tax
City tax is 6% for Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport, 5% for Amsterdam city centre hotels and Utrecht and EUR
3,50 for Park Plaza Eindhoven
Inclusion of entrance ticket and/or breakfast depends on the rate selected
Booking additional nights requires a separate online reservation. Alternatively, contact the hotel of your choice directly

Monday, March 12, 2012

Queen Beatrix to open the 2012 Floriade in Venlo

It has recently been announced that Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will
officially open the Floriade on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 4 in Venlo.
Queen Beatrix is the patroness of Floriade 2012.
According to a press release published by the tourist bureau:
More than 100 participants will come together to pay tribute to horticulture
at the biggest event on the Dutch calendar in 2012. The park consists of
five unique worlds linked by wooded areas, in which the world's most beautiful
gardens and pavilions will be on show for a full six months.

As in previous years, Floriade 2012 is a global spectacle in which many dozens
of countries are taking part. Sustainable, innovative architectural eye-catchers
are the first ports of call at Floriade. There is also a daily cultural program
packed to the brim with music, dance, theatre and graphic art from all over
the world.