The Dutch tulip season is just around the corner, as the Netherlands celebrates National Tulip Day in january. Just to see these flowers blooming is what attracts visitors to come and experience this beautiful sight. Picking gardens in Amsterdam are filled vibrant, fragrant tulips but also many tourists and locals enjoying the flower season.
Amsterdam is famous for its cycling culture. In the mid-70’s the city inhabitants made a positive choice for an alternative to the then suggested traffic plan, rejecting projects to build huge motorways through the city, and instead implementing a network of cycle paths and mixed traffic roads all over town. Nowadays cycling in Amsterdam is a bit of an art, a sort of ballet where chaos and harmony meet.
This is happening! The 1st solar-powered road is open to the public.
Since November 12th 2014, 70m of bike lane in North Amsterdam are equipped with solar panels covered with tempered glass. For the 1st time, roads are used to “harvest” solar energy. The electricity produced is fed into the national grid but in the future could be used to power street and traffic lights or electric vehicles.
Any green traveller planning a visit to the Netherlands to enjoy it national parks won't be disappointed. The country has a virtual plethora to choose from which is not surprising for a country that has a reputation for being so beautifulWhilst it is permitted to drive around certain areas of the park cycling would probably be far more appealing to the environmentally conscious eco-tourist. What is more, there is no need to take a bicycle along.
Any green travellers visiting the Netherlands should make the journey out to Kinderdijk to be blown away by the largest concentration of old windmills in the world.Renewable energy can often be thought of as a modern concern, but these mills were constructed around 1740 to drain a polder, and as such have since been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Amsterdam city tours could very well represent the ideal weekend break for the green traveller, having been nominated for the European Green Capital in 2010. There are plenty of ways that you can ensure your carbon footprint is kept to the minimum when exploring this wonderful city.