Floriade 1972

AIPH Amsterdam 1972

The Amstel Train at Amstelpark
BIE-class Horticultural exposition
Name Floriade 1972
Area 700.000m² indoor and outdoor 11,000
Country Netherlands
City Amsterdam
Venue Amstelpark and Beatrix Park
Opening March 30, 1972 (1972-03-30)
Closure October 1, 1972 (1972-10-01)
Horticultural expositions
Previous Paris 1969 in Paris
Next Hamburg 1973 in Hamburg

Floriade 1972 was a garden festival held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The 1972 exposition was the fifth edition of the World Horticultural Expo (AIPH) and the second Floriade in the Netherlands. The first Amsterdam Floriade lasted from March 30 to October 1, 1972.

The exposition was held at the newly created Amstelpark and Beatrix Park. The landscaped grounds at Amstelpark covered 700.000m². Beatrix Park, part of the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre and a portion of the embankment on which later the ring road south and the Amsterdam RAI railway station were built, was part of the Floriade. The sites were connected by a cable car and carts. A narrow gauge railway and Ferris wheel were also built at Amstelpark.

Visitors in the terraced gardens on the dike

After the closure of the Floriade, much of the amenities that were built for the event remained at Amstelpark. These included the Amstel train (a narrow-gauge railway ), a maze, a rose garden, an orangery, the Glass House, greenhouses, a miniature golf course, the Rhododendron Valley, The Abandoned land, Galerie Papillon Park and a large playground for children.

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