Floriade 2012 – World Horticultural Expo in Venlo – Netherlands:
Floriade 2012, the Netherland’s World Horticultural Expo is now open and takes place in Venlo from 5 April to 7 October 2012.
For lovers of garden and flower shows, this is an event to look forward to as Floriade only takes place once every 10 years. And if you plan well, you can also link this to a visit to the Keukenhof springtime tulip festival.
About Floriade 2012
Covering 66 hectares of ground, the Floriade Park features five themed areas:
- education & innovation
- green engine
- relax and heal
- world show stage
There are more than 100 exhibitors showing off their horticultural talents and wares and plenty of events to cater to all ages and interests.
Floriade Cable Car
To get an orientation of the huge Floriade park and also to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the complex, be sure to buy your ticket with the gondola ride included. Travelling a distance of 1.1 km and 30 metres above ground, the Floriade cable car is one of its unique attractions.
You can buy Floriade tickets online from their website.
How to Get to Floriade Venlo:
The Floriade grounds are very easy to reach by bus, car, air or train:
AirExpress Bus is the official operator of the Floriade Express service and the good news is that service schedules and prices are now available.
Floriade Express from Amsterdam -
There are daily departures from Amsterdam, early in the morning and returning in the evening. The Floriade Express leaves from Amsterdam Central Station and Amsterdam Schiphol to the Floriade grounds in Venlo and back – travel time is between 2.5 – 3.0 hours each way. You can make your Floriade Express bookings at Floriade Express Bus Here.
Floriade Express from other destinations -
The Floriade Express also departs from several other locations such as:
- Den Bosch
- Eindhoven Airport / Eindhoven Station
For the complete list of Floriade Express stops and to make your bookings see Here.
A more comfortable way to get to Floriade is to join a guided tour from Amsterdam. The cost of the tour includes return travel from Amsterdam to Venlo by airconditioned coach and your Floriade entrance fees. During the journey, your guide will provide you with maps and other information about Floriade and then take you directly into the show on arrival. To find out more about this Floriade tour and make bookings, see Here.
By Road -
The Floriade Park is located at the intersection of the A73 and A67 motorways. The new A74, the road linking the German road network with the A73 at Venlo, will be open before the commencement of Floriade.
By Train -
By Air -
If you are flying into Venlo, the international airports that surround Venlo are Düsseldorf, Maastricht, Eindhoven and Weeze.
If you are intending to make Venlo your base and fancy a room in a castle, the Bilderberg Château Holtmühle is an authentic castle situated in Tegelen, (15.5km to Floriade) near the German border.
Other Venlo hotels include the Van der Valk Hotel (7.1km to Floriade), Hotel Puur in the old Venlo town centre, or if you prefer something close to Venlo Railway Station, the Hotel American (8.0 km to Floriade) is nearby and the Hotel Wilhelmina and Stationshotel Venlo are across from the train station.
Event : Floriade 2012
Venue: Floriade Park in Venlo
Dates : April 5 – October 7, 2012
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