The tulip fields in the Netherlands attract many visitors yearly in spring when over a million tulips are in full bloom. Surely it is a real tourist attraction but totally worth it with the endless colourful views. Moreover, this time of the year has the most lovely vibes in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. But where can you find the Dutch tulip fields? And did you know about tulip tours or the flower parade or Keukenhof gardens? Let us show you around and enjoy the tulips fields all around.
We will cover the following topics to make sure you do not miss out on anything:
- Best time to see tulips in Holland
- To know before you visit
- Where to find tulip fields in the Netherlands
- Keukenhof tulip garden
- Visit a Tulip farm in the Netherlands
- Tulip Festival Amsterdam – tours
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The best time to see tulips in Holland
The sky is blue and the sun is coming out more and more, giving us altogether a beautiful spring day. These days are perfect to jump on the bike or walk through mother nature to evidently revel in the colourful beauty around the tulip fields in the Netherlands. But be picky to choose your day due to the various seasons per type of flower. Also keep in mind that the weather has a great impact on the quality and duration of blooming flower fields. To check this, keep an eye on the Flower Forecast.
In general your ideal time to visit is between mid March and mid May. In March the crocus season transform the Netherlands from winter to spring vibes. After that the daffodils and hyacinths join the show. The tulips, still most famous of all, grow in all sizes from mid April until the first week of May. We usually ensure to visit the fields at the end of April for the best experience. Do note that this is also a high season for worldwide visitors and the parks and fields might be busy.
It is likely that you will be visiting the Netherlands as part of your Europe trip. Find more travel inspiration for Europe in our other blogpost!
Do’s and don’t to know before you visit
Visiting the tulip fields in the Netherlands is all fun and also perfect for photo opportunities. Surely Instagram also had an impact on the popularity of the fields, which (as most of us travellers know) can also have an unfortunate damaging effect. The fields are a gem and we should all keep it that way. Please respect the few points listed below:
- Do take beautiful photos of all the rainbow coloured fields.
- Do not walk through the fields in between the flowers. Sometimes you will also see a sign like here on the left side. In some occasions you are allowed to only enter in the beginning for a photo or on a designated photo spot. More information & spots: Selfie tips with tulips.
- You can sometimes walk along the long side of the fields. This varies per farm or owner of the fields.
- Closed fields are closed, do not enter.
- Do not leave trash behind. We understand it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy your lunch or picnic with these views. However, trash goes in the bin.
- Do not pick flowers. Go to a farm or shop to buy a prepared package or visit specific attractions that allow you to pick your own. See below.
Where to find tulip fields in the Netherlands near Amsterdam
As most of you will likely stay in Amsterdam, it is about time to explore more of this tiny pretty country! Where the surrounding of Lisse (Bollenstreek) is the most famous, you can certainly visit the admirable fields in more places. Of course it would be best to visit the fields by car or bike. Don’t worry if you only have access to public transport, an option is to rent a bike (for example at the Keukenhof) to explore the surrounding. Can’t get more Dutch than that right?
Most famous due to the Keukenhof, many other flower attractions in the region and distance from important cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Haarlem and Leiden. This area is also known as “the Dune and Bulb Region” which could make it even more interesting! Combine the flower fields and visit the dunes and beaches with an excellent cycle tour. You will truly make the most out of your day!
The website of the Bollenstreek provides a lot of valuable information including a flowermap. This map shows the 35-kilometre cycle route to follow with several attractions, fields and rental places.
In the Province Flevoland you can find many fields around the city of Emmeloord. Presently they launch the “Tulip Festival Route” yearly as part of the Profytodsd Tulip Festival, which was in 2021 a lovely 88km long route. We highly enjoyed this route where we admired most of the beautiful fields in the surrounding of Nagele and Marknesse. Here you will also have the option to visit the “Tulip picking garden Marknesse”. One opportunity to do pick your own flowers! Another option instead of a car trip is a biking route of 51Km where you will see 18 fields in full bloom.
Keukenhof tulip garden
There are numerous tulip gardens in the Netherlands, but if you want to see the most famous tulip fields in the Netherlands you will visit the Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is without a doubt the most beautiful spring garden in the world. The focus is not on just Tulips, but on all kind of spring-flowering bulbs like the crocuses or hyacinths. With an impressive total of 7 million to bloom!
This prettiest tulip garden of Holland is enjoyable for a day out for all ages. Stroll around for a romantic walk with your partner or visit with your family given that there are fun activities for kids like a treasure hunt. Several inspirational gardens are waiting for you while you will see flowers from all around the world. Such as the Tropical beach Garden or the Red Romance garden. A lot of love and dedication goes in the creation of the Keukenhof yearly, with often special themes and new highlights with you will unquestionably love.
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown closure of the Keukenhof, you are now able to enjoy the gardens virtually. Otherwise, in normal opening times, you can only buy your tickets online and enter the park during the assigned timeslot. In general most visitor spend 3 hours inside where you are also able to enjoy food and drinks. If you would like to extend your stay, you might want to consider renting bikes to explore the surrounding. In this case you can visit more tulips fields and flower farms for a full tulip experience!
Visit a Tulip farm in the Netherlands
One of the best experiences and a great way to get close to tulips and to learn more about the growing process. Not every farm is open for visitors, but some of them are a real flower attraction with entertaining activities for all ages. Find some recommendations below:
Hanneke’s flower garden offers a huge variety of flowers which you can pick yourself to make a beautiful bouquet. This garden is open for a longer timeframe also towards summer. Then from mid April the Tulip garden opens which allows you to pick your favorite tulips out of the 250 varieties! This is definitely a fun place for young and old and free to access. Their mission is to offer you a real experience free in nature.
Tulip Farm “De Tulperij”
De Tulperij is a very well known farm and often visited by groups of tourists. The owners offer guided tours where they explain you the process from planting a bulb to a flower in full bloom in one of the prettiest tulip fields in the Netherlands. If you prefer to go on your own you get access to a 2km walking route, garden with over 200 flowers and a hot drink for only €6,95. You will also have the option to pick your own tulips. Furthermore you do have the option for your perfect Instagram shot here! You can book a photoshoot including attributes like a bike, hat, wooden shoes and baskets.
Tulip Festival Amsterdam – tours
No way that you will get bored in the Dutch flower season as can be seen already. However, more and more is possible! See below a variety of options by Tulip Festival Amsterdam:
- Bike tour of Dutch tulip fields: bike around in tulip fields near Amsterdam with a guide who can share all the ins and outs of this magical tulip season in the Netherlands.
- Tulips Helicopter tour: have the best and most spectacular views over the tulip fields in the Netherlands.
- Tulip fields tour with electric scooter: vroom vroom during this self guided tour of 3 hours!
- See the tulip fields in the Netherlands by boat: from land, air and now water… a group tour departing from the Keukenhof for a trip of 45 minutes.
Are you ready to visit the tulip fields in the Netherlands? Let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to share your own experience in the comments below.