Right in the centre of Holland's tulip bulb-fields area there is place you cannot pass just like that. So just enter the place. Maybe because the place is rather a new attraction for tourists it is not yet that famous.
Even I did not know anything about the Tulip Panorama and it happened we, also, just passed the place and I noticed the huge, plastic tulips.
We entered because of the tulip-flowers around. And I heard about the oil painting ...
It is designed by Dutch painter Leo van den Ende. He is a landscape painter and his tulip-panorama painting is about 62 metres long and 4 metres high. He started in 1997 and it is told he will finish somewhere in 2010.
So you can sit and have a cup of coffee enjoying the panorama-painting all around, not yet finished.
2008 - 21 March until 25 May
10.00 -l 17.30 hrs
When by train you can travel from Amsterdam (and change at Haarlem) or from The Hague (change at Leiden). Every hour there are two trains to Voorhout Station. From there it is a 15 minutes walk to the place of Panorama Tulipland.
If you travel by bus take bus line 57 - 60 and ask for the stop "Panorama Tulipland" (leaving from Haarlem or Leiden).
When by car just take the highway A 44 (from Amsterdam as well from The Hague/Leiden),
then exit Voorhout-Oosthout, and follow the Panorama Tulipland signs. Parking is free near the Panorama Tulipland building...
* Adults: 5.50 Euro
* Children up to 12 years / CJP / 65+: 4.50 Euro
* Groups of 15 persons: 4.50 Euro
Keep in mind the Panorama Tulipland just is open for tourists during a very short period!
In 2008 that is from 21 March until 25 May every day from 10.00 -l 17.30 hrs.
There are some events during winter time >>>
Events Panorama Tulipland
Ofcourse the tulip bulb fields you may enjoy during all times when flowering ...
Did you know the word "tulip" derived from tulipa?
That is a modern Latin word also known in the Persian language which means "turban".
So the original word "tulip" is said to be the flower that the Persian sultan had on his turban.
And the word tulipan got introduced in Turkey where the Ottoman sultans wore the turbans that got the name of tulipa.
These looked like a fully opened tulip ...
Even the tulip flower gots its origines in Persia or Turkey (as family of the lily), according to the legends, it is Holland which name directly is connected with the tulip flower. Ofcourse you will see tulips on famous paintings like in the Baroque time, although the Dutch flower already was written about in 1500. And in Holland tulips specially are grown and get the name of famous people from all over the world.
Fondest memory: I do love the tulip. When going to Indonesia I always bring some plastic tulips for my family. So in course of time my family has a lot of tulips in any colour you can think of ... looks beautiful. And my aunt does like the tulip of fire... well, it is the name I gave to this beautiful, lilac flower! *lol*
And you can find it in Panorama Tulipland ... yes sir!