Millions of Dutch tulips bloom again, in a sight few will see

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Millions of Dutch tulips bloom again, in a sight few will see

29 Apr 2021 – 15:05

Flowers are seen at Keukenhof Park in Lisse, The Netherlands, April 28, 2021. Reuters / Piroschka van de Wouw

Lisse, Netherlands: With displays of dazzling color including purple, yellow and crimson tulips, the Keukenhof Flower Garden outside The Hague generally rivals Amsterdam’s major museums as one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Netherlands.

This year, for the second year in a row, millions of tulips in the park and nearby fields are blooming and will likely disappear largely without being seen, as the Keukenhof remains closed to visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Keukenhof is only open 8 weeks a year, from late March to mid-May,” said Managing Director Bart Siemerink.

He said given the country’s current lockdown regime, his best guess is that the park will be allowed to open from mid-May.

“And then the tulips are gone, and probably no visitors will come at all this year,” he said.

The Keukenhof attracted around 1.5 million visitors a year in the years leading up to the pandemic, most of them from abroad.

Like many sites, the park tries to maintain some income and attention through online exhibits and television programs.

There was a brief glimmer of hope this week as the Dutch government slightly eased lockdown measures for the first time in months on April 28, despite high rates of infection and hospitalization.

But while restaurants were allowed to open outdoor dining areas to a limited number of patrons, zoos and parks like the Keukenhof weren’t included. “We are going through a difficult time of course,” said Siemerink. But “we will survive, then we will resume the good years probably from 2022”.

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