Tulip Festival In Istanbul

Tulip Festival In Istanbul 2019

April 12, 2018

Every year, in the month of April, Istanbul hosts one of the biggest Tulip Festival in the World.  This year too, the Tulip Festival in Istanbul is all set to mesmerize you through its decoration in city parks, squares and all corners. One of the largest carpet of tulips is set in Sultanahmet, followed by Rainbow show in Emirgan and Gulhane. If you are planning a trip to Istanbul this April then don’t miss out this amazing Istanbul Tulip Festival.

Turkey’s Love for Tulip

The question is why Istanbul loves tulips. For this we have to go 300 years back to the Ottoman Empire, where this love story all began. Contrary to popular belief, Tulips are native flowers to Central Asia and Turkey rather than Holland. In 16th century, Turkey exported Tulips to Holland and they became sudden hit in Holland. Holland started cultivating and exporting them in large quantities. Their economy was highly dependent on Tulips and businessmen started investing heavily in this flower business. Tulips also led to one of the economic meltdown also called as “Tulipmania”. Now government regulates its supply according to the world demand.

The botanical name of tulip “Tulipa” originates from the Turkish word “Tulbend” or “turban”. Pashas and kings used turban as headgears and thus it became an important symbol of nobility and stature. Tulips have played an interesting role in Turkey between  16th and 18th century is famous as “Tulip Era”. This era is remembered as an era of peace and enjoyment under the famous reign of Ottoman Sultan Ahmet III. Moreover, the association with tulip is also visible in architect, poetry, fabrics, arts, folklore, etc. 

Tulip And Culture Of Turkey

Even today, tulip plays an important role in Turkish Culture. Turks exchange tulips on special occasions whether it is birthday, proposals, business engagements, etc. Moreover, designers use tulip designs in tiles, crockery and fabric which you can witness while doing shopping. Tulips are also essential part of many folklore and poetry. 

Tulip Festival In Istanbul 2018

This era ended in 1730 with Patrona Halil revolt with the dethronement of the Sultan but love for Tulip continued in Turkey. Since 2006, Istanbul has officially started celebrating their love for tulip by planting millions of tulips in Istanbul’s parks, avenue, traffic roundabouts and in all open ground. 

Each year in April, Turkey celebrates “Istanbul Tulip Festival (Istanbul Lale Festivali)” to reclaim its love for this natural beauty. So, this year lock your calendar between 3rd April and 30th April and be a part of one of the biggest Tulip Festival in Istanbul. Government and people plan workshops, activities, concerts and exhibitions around this theme, thus promoting the love associated with Tulip.

1. Emirgan Woods

The most popular festival takes place in Emirgan Woods which is located between Besiktas and Sariyer. This is one of the largest parks of Istanbul and also known as playground of Isma’il Pasha. Moreover, this park will showcase one of the biggest Tulip bed with different breeds.

In 16th century, Emirgan Park was set up as a gift to Lord Chancellor Nisanci Feridun Bey. In 17th century, Sultan Murad IV offered the entire state of this area to surrendered commander Emir Gûne Han. Overtime, the name Emirgan gained popularity. Finally, in 1940s it came under the direct authority of Istanbul Metropolitan City.

The facility is spread over more than 100 acres and flaunts a diverse variety of flora and fauna. Now it is also supporting playground, jogging tracks, pavilions and a lake.


2. Gulhane Park

Gulhane Park is adjacent to Topkapi Palace, a place worth visiting. It is one of the oldest and biggest park. Gulhane Park literally means “House of Roses Park” in Turkish. For centuries, it served as the garden for Ottoman Empire because of its location.

This park was not accessible to public till 1922. After 1922, the park authority was transferred to the local authorities. It is now home to hundreds years old walnut and oak trees. One of the oldest monument of Istanbul “Column of the Goths” which dates back to third century is erected in this park. The structure is 18 meters high marble column on the east end of the park. 

Every April, this park serves as one of the places to exhibit millions of tulip flowers which creates an amazing landscape. The tulip with the background view of Bosphorus and Maramara Island. This view is sure to mesmerize its visitors.



3. Goztepe Rose Garden

On the Asian side, Goztepe will be organizing second most tulips in all parks. It is near Kadikoy and is sure you inspire you through Tulip carpet display. This park has special rose section too. Hence. you can enjoy two beautiful types of flowers clustered in together. Moreover, if you are coming with kids, then this park also have slides and other rides which can sure keep them busy. 


4. Sultanahmet Square

One of the biggest display would be at none other place than Sultanahmet. Tulips will cover the pavilion, creating mesmerizing pavilion which is sure to captivate tourist and locals.


5. Other Famous Attractions

Another imperial garden of the palaces, Yildiz Park will also exhibiting tulip landscape arrangement. It will be boasting around 830,000 tulips of more than 40 different types.

Soğanlı Bitkiler Parki And Beykoz Korusu will be boast different types of tulips in different arrangements. A mix of tulips will create an awe inspiring landscape.

6. Exhibitions And Events

Apart from flower festival, Istanbul Metropolitan government has also arranged sports activities, concerts, and exhibitions. The main theme of these events will be around tulip and its history. 

One such event will take place at Cemal Reşit Rey Exhibition Hall. This place holds tulip-themed exhibition in April. The display kicks off usually in the mid of April till the end of the month. In May best photographer will be awarded with recognition in Beyaz Kosk.

If you are in town, drop in and mesmerize yourself with the amazing love story of Turkey and Tulips. You will witness the love and strong association of Turks with this flower. 

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27 thoughts on “Tulip Festival In Istanbul 2019

  1. Nuriha Kamaruddin
    November 2, 2018

    Need the full schedulle of 2019 lale festival around Istanbul.

  2. Package Tours Turkey
    November 5, 2018

    Dear Nuriha Kamaruddin;

    Thank you very much for your kind interest in for the Tulip Festival in Istanbul however we do not have the full schedule of the 2019 festival yet.

    Please keep in touch after new year.

  3. Vivian
    November 18, 2018


    i want to visit Turkey to see beautiful tulips blooming season,
    is the end of April , if the tulips still are blooming ? of fading?

  4. Package Tours Turkey
    November 19, 2018

    Dear Vivian;

    It is good to hear that you want to visit Istanbul for Tulip Festival.
    Yes April is the best season for Istanbul and Tulips will be still blooming however we recommend you to plan your trip little bit early because last year the weather was much warmer and the season started early. As you know the Tulips have very limited times and the weather conditions are very important.

    On the other hand if you will need any assist for land services such as Airport transfers, City Tours, Local Guide, Hotel etc. our tour operators will be very happy to assist you.
    Please contact us at https://www.packagetoursturkey.com

    All the best
    Package Tours Turkey Team

  5. Helen
    January 7, 2019

    Please keep me inform of the tulip festival date in 2019, I’ll be visiting Istanbul on April 2-5, thanks.

  6. Anna Zulkifli
    January 8, 2019

    Hai, i’m going to Turkey from 31/3/2019 to 8/4/2019. Should i go to Emirgan Wood around 8/4 or 31/3? Because this would me my first time to experience tulips. I really hope they already blooming by that time.

  7. Daniel Tan
    January 9, 2019

    Are there any admission fee for the tulip festival 2019 especially in Emirgan Park

  8. Package Tours Turkey
    January 9, 2019

    Dear Daniel;
    There is no admission fee for Emirgan Park and many other parks where you can see the best Tulips Gardens in Istanbul.

  9. Package Tours Turkey
    January 9, 2019

    Dear Anna;
    There are Many other Parks in Istanbul where you can see the Tulips such as Sultanahmet, Gülhane Park etc. But you are right the Emirgan park is the one of the most popular one for Tulip Fest in ıstanbul. depends on the weather conditions we assume the Tulips will be blooming when you are in Istanbul

  10. Package Tours Turkey
    January 9, 2019

    Dear Helen;
    We will be happy to see you in Istanbul during the Tulip Fest.
    While you are in Istanbul if you will need any assist such as airport transfers, place to stay, local guide, city & sightseeing tours etc. feel free to ask us.
    We will be happy to assist you for all your needs while you are in Istanbul.

  11. Melinda
    January 10, 2019

    I’d like to visit Istanbul during the tulip festival, but can you please let me know when will be the tulip carpet set up on Sultan Ahmet square?
    Thanks a lot,

    • Package Tours Turkey
      January 11, 2019

      Dear Melinda;

      The Tulip Festival will be 1-30 April 2019 this year.
      So that the Tulip Carpet will be ready at the 1st week of April 2019

  12. Maja
    January 13, 2019

    Hi, is there any exact date for tulip carpet on Sultanahmet square?
    Thanks, Maja

    • Package Tours Turkey
      January 14, 2019

      Dear Maja;
      There is no exact date however it will be ready before 1st April 2019

  13. Siti Mariam
    January 16, 2019

    5d4n Package tour during spring 2019

    • Package Tours Turkey
      January 16, 2019

      Dear Siti Mariam;

      If you are interested in our tour packages please contact us at https://packagetoursturkey.com/contact/
      Our tour operators will be happy to assist you for all your needs.

  14. Linda Howick
    January 30, 2019

    I am interested in a tour to see the tulips in April
    Thank you

    • Package Tours Turkey
      February 1, 2019

      Dear Linda;
      Thank you very much for your kind interest in our tours.
      One of our tour operator will be in touch with you for tour organization.
      All the best.

  15. Rosana C Araujo
    February 10, 2019

    I would like to know more about the tour in groups also rate for August 2019

    • Package Tours Turkey
      March 1, 2019

      Dear Rosana;

      Thank you very much for your kind interest in our group tours for August 2019.
      One of our tour operator will be in contact with you for more details about the group tours in Turkey.

      All the best;
      Package Tours Turkey Team

  16. Linda M Nutter
    March 1, 2019

    We will be in Istanbul the first week of April. We are so excited as I teach some students from Turkey, and they are all so wonderful and are giving me tips. I would like to know if it is expected for a western woman to have her hair covered. I know modest dress is respectful. Any other advice for me? Thanks!

    • Package Tours Turkey
      March 1, 2019

      Dear Linda;

      Please keep in mind that Turkey is a modern country and Turkish people to respect other people. Color, religion or sex do not matter. Enjoy the very rich history, culture and delicious foods.

      On the other hand while you are in Turkey if you will need any assist for local trasportation, city tours, local guides etc. feel free to contact us.

      All the best.

      Package Tours Turkey Team

    March 18, 2019

    would you please tell me when the Tulip Festival start this year ?

    • Package Tours Turkey
      March 18, 2019

      It will start after next week

  18. Moanna
    March 21, 2019

    Hello, I am planning to visit at the beginning of May. Will the tulip exhibitions be closed by then?

  19. Flora Ventura
    April 13, 2019

    Good morning, could you be so kind to give me the program of Tulip Festival 2019. Thank you very much in advance!

    • Package Tours Turkey
      April 13, 2019

      Dear Flora Ventura;

      Actually there is no program for Tulip Festival.
      Tulip Festival is during the whole April and there are some activities during this month.

      We will create your itinerary according to your needs such as city tours, local guide, sightseeing programs, dinner cruise, airport transfers etc.
      You need to let us know your travel dates and interests than we will study and offer you best suitable tailor made itinerary.

      All the best
      Package Tours Turkey team

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