Second Tulip Route Dronten
Following a successful event in 2015, the preparations for the Tulip Route Dronten 2016 are well on their way to make sure the tulip route for this year is of a significantly higher quality. The number of tulip fields included in the route has been increased to over 85 fields this year. And the number of activities en-route has also been increased. In addition to this, the route is no longer just a car route but also includes a route for cyclists and pedestrians. Plans to launch a tulip route in Dronten were first developed in 2015 and the plans to launch the First Tulip Route were reluctantly realised. The enthusiasm of the visitors as well as tulip farmers was overwhelming and encouraged a second route to be launched in 2016. This continuation is to be launched officially on Saturday 16 April at Hanneke’s Pluktuin at Ellerweg 18 in Biddinghuizen. There will be three cycling routes: area Swifterbant, area Biddinghuizen and area Dronten, there will be two hiking routes in Swifterbant and Biddinghuizen and one car route through all of Dronten. This means there will be plenty of variation and opportunities for everyone to enjoy the tulip fields in their own way. As mentioned, it will not be limited to just the routes because as part of the routes—both the cycling, hiking and car routes— various attractions are included that can be visited and are fully optional. This includes a visit to a cheese farm and the dairy farm De Kuiper, indulging in the culture of Swifterbant, a visit to the area ‘Rondom het Greppelveld’, Hanneke’s Pluktuin or Pruimenpotwinkel. And for those who want to turn the visit into a weekend or mid-week stay, various accommodation is available including the B&B De Kandelaar.
For those that are keen on sports, the opening day at 10:30AM on 16 April 2016 is quintessential. Not only because of the beautiful routes that will hopefully show fully flowering tulip fields, but also because of the event Flevofundields (also the 16th of April). This event enables you to discover and engage in outdoor activities at various locations and this includes unique forms of golf, various water sports and the more-widely known challenges such as paintballing and archery. This is ideal for families that want to see the tulip route but prefer to be active or adventurous. Other combinations are of course also possible.
For those that are not able to make it to the opening day, there is much to experience in Dronten all year round. This includes water sports and (short)golf, but also shooting, outdoor activities and visits to the calf farm, Flevostar potato trader, Vereecken fruit and juice company, etc. For those looking for a thrill there is the theme park Walibi. In addition to all this, the coast of Dronten has many beautiful and renowned holiday parks and campsites.
Dronten is located just an hour away from Schiphol and is easily accessible for foreign tourists too. The train takes you from Schiphol to Dronten in just 73 minutes. And the ancient ‘Tulips from Amsterdam….’ is just as beautiful 85km away.
Source: Tulpenroute Dronten
Photo credits: Hanneke’s Pluktuin