Holland's Keukenhof Gardens—the Largest Flower Garden in the World—Is the Perfect Spring Destination

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Spring is in full bloom, and people are visiting flower gardens around the world to enjoy the season's bounty while it's still here. One of the most famous of these attractions is Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, and as Country Living reports, it's only open for a brief window in 2019.

Keukenhof Gardens is the largest flower garden on Earth. Located in Holland, just a 45-minute train ride from Amsterdam, it contains 800 varieties of the tulips the region is famous for. The site is also populated with beds of hyacinths, daffodils, roses, and irises. More than 7 million flowers bloom each spring across the 32 hectares of land, making Keukenhof a bucket-list destination for botanical enthusiasts.

As with the spring season, the gardens' run each year is fleeting: After opening for 2019 on March 21, Keukenhof will close to the public on May 19. But it's not too late for anyone wishing to catch the tail-end of tulip season. Adult tickets are available for $19 online, and the attraction is still open daily between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Holland isn't the only place that's famous for its flowers. A farm in west Michigan boasts an giant lavender labyrinth, and Japan’s Ashikaga Flower Park is famous for it's enchanting wisteria tunnels.

Flower garden in Holland.
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Flower garden in Holland.
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Tulips in garden.
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Flower garden in Holland.
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[h/t Country Living]

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

A Traveling Harry Potter Beer Festival Is Coming to Several U.S. Cities

If you’ve ever wondered what the alcoholic version of a butterbeer would taste like, you’ll soon have the chance to find out. A series of ongoing Harry Potter-inspired beer festivals are coming to cities across the U.S. in the next couple of months.

According to Rock Star Beer Festivals, which is organizing the event, Muggles and wizards alike will get unlimited samples of 20-plus beers. There will be plenty of adult butterbeer to go around, and for more daring souls, there’s Snape’s Lair of Secret Cider Potions. Is it actually cider, or could it be a polyjuice potion? Attendees will soon find out.

In June, the festival will be coming to Fresno, California on June 21 and New Orleans on June 29. In July, it will head to Philadelphia (July 13) and Boston (July 20). Tickets to the festivals can be purchased through Eventbrite or booked on Rock Star Beer Festivals’ Facebook page under the Events tab. Act fast, though, because tickets—which generally sell for $40 to $45 apiece—regularly sell out.

What else can you expect to see at such a magical event? Rock Star Beer Festivals says the venues hosting the festival will be “transformed into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” with guests being transported to the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and, of course, the Leaky Cauldron. You’ll also get to snap photos with Hagrid and dance to music by the Sorceress Sisters and DJ Dumbledore. Just be careful not to drink and do magic, or you could end up having an accident à la Neville Longbottom.

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