Tulip fields in the Netherlands are a highlight when visiting Europe in the spring. Whether you seeing the Tulip market in Amsterdam or hidden tulip fields in Goeree Overflakkee, you will have a ball taking beautiful photos and strolling amongst the tulips.
Continue reading to find out the best tulip fields in Holland you need to visit during the tulip festival, as well as tips for visiting the visiting and photographing the tulip fields in the Netherlands.
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The Best Tulip Fields in the Netherlands
Some of my favourite bloggers teamed up to create the perfect list for the tulip festival in the Netherlands.
Fiona, Travelling Thirties
Bloemenmarkt, also known as the Amsterdam Flower Market, is a floating flower market in the middle of Amsterdam. Whilst it is not a tulip field is still a perfect place to see the tulips in the Netherlands.
The market is located on the Singel canal between the Koningsplein and the Muntplei.
The market has stretch along the canal since 1862. The stalls are made up of floating houseboats are a great demonstration of the markets in the olden days.
The market is open Monday – Sunday all year round and is a bright coloured and relaxing place to escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam.
You can stock up on tulip bulbs, bouquets of tulips or if you would prefer you can buy a single tulip. Not only can you purchase tulips but you can also find some beautiful and typical Dutch souvenirs such as wooden tulips, cheese and clogs!
Jade, The Migrant Yogi
Keukenhof is the premier destination in the Netherlands to see tulips come springtime. Oftentimes referred to as ‘the Garden of Europe,’ Keukenhof is one of the top landscaped gardens in the world, boasting over 7 million planted bulbs and 32 hectares of garden to explore.
Your best option, if taking public transportation, is to get a Combiticket, which includes the cost of admission to Keukenhof as well as cost and tickets to public transport.
Keukenhof has meticulous gardens, winding paths, ponds and streams, as well as pavilions that have flower arrangements. There are restaurants and food trucks on-site, but your best option is to take a picnic of Dutch snacks and a bottle of wine or a few beers and find a spot in the park to people-watch.
In keeping with COVID restrictions, you currently must purchase your ticket to Keukenhof on their website. You will not be allowed to purchase in-person. When you buy your ticket, you will choose a timeframe to visit, as to prevent overcrowding. If you are unable to make your designated time, you can change your ticket if done in advance.
Tom & Zi, Craving Adventure
Lisse is only a 30-minute drive from fun-filled Amsterdam, and is mainly known for the famous Keukenhof Gardens. While the Keukenhof Gardens are a spectacular sight and definitely worth a visit, the park is quite pricey and in all honestly often overcrowded.
But fortunately, you don’t have to move far for a completely free and far less crowded alternative. You see, Lisse is the heart of the Dutch tulip growing region and the small town is surrounded by tulip fields that stretch out as far as the eye can see.
Just drive into any direction off the main roads and within minutes you’re in between row after row after row of tulips in every colour of the rainbow, with iconic Dutch windmills dotting the horizon.
All these colours combined with the massive scale of the fields provide awesome and unique photography opportunities, especially when it comes to drone photography.
Try to frame the rows of tulips so that they can be used as leading lines leading towards your subject, like one of those iconic windmills.
If you’re looking to spend the night, then you should definitely have a look at B&B Blossom. This beautiful bed and breakfast is located in an old Dutch farm and it has a big deck looking out over the blossoming tulip fields. How is that for a spot to drink your morning coffee?!
Edyta, Say Yes To Madeira
Bollenstreek is probably the most popular flower fields area in the Netherlands. Located between towns Hillegom, Noordwijk and Voorhout, close to Leiden, it is one of the busiest countryside areas of the Netherlands in the springtime.
It is here where the famous park Keukenhof is located, but it is not its only attraction. Before, or after visiting the park, check out the map available on the website Bollenstreek.nl where you will see the locations of the prettiest
fields as well as a suggested bike/car route.
As a person who lived in that area I would say that the best period for exploring the fields is the second and third week of April. Around the Dutch King’s Day (27th of April) some of the tulips are already cut and gone.
Our tip would be to spend at least two weekdays in de Bollenstreek. It can get packed during the weekends, so I would avoid Saturdays and Sundays. An amazing idea is to stay overnight in Noordwijk, lovely beach town.
On day one, take your time to explore the Keukenhof park, and on day two, rent a bike and make a lovely bike tour by the pretty flower fields. End your days relaxing at the beautiful sandy beach.
Please also remember not to be one of those tourists destroying farmers’ crops by jumping around in their fields where they clearly request you not to. Entry is allowed on some fields, but even then, when entering and taking photographs, be respectful of the tulip farmers’ hard work.
Julia, Orphee way
If you are dreaming to visit the endless tulip fields you see across the social media, I will list one very special place – Hillegom.
Hillegom is a Dutch town located in 38 km from Amsterdam. To get there you can take a train from Amsterdam to Leiden (or another city) and then make a connection from Leiden to Hillegom. Or you can rent a car if you prefer.
It will take you about one hour to get to Hillegom by public transport or by car. To check out all the public transport options, install the www.9292.nl (I would not travel in the Netherlands without it).
There is no paid parking close to the fields, so you can leave the car somewhere around. So, you hit the road to Hillegom and a big surprise will be waiting for you at the exit of the train station – you will immediately arrive at the tulip fields in Hillegom.
You can walk around and admire the beautiful tulip colours, make some pictures like those you’ve already seen before. You can hang out at the fields freely; no security and no admission tickets are required.
However, make sure you do not damage the flowers and respect Nature. I would advise visiting Hillegom in April or May and I can assure you that your experience will be unforgettable.
You can also go to the town of Hillegom and have a break for a coffee, lunch or just to walk around. To conclude, Hillegom is a lovely place to see the tulips out of the bitten path, make some amazing pictures and visit the Dutch countryside.
Maartje and Sebastiaan, The Orange Backpack
Visiting the tulips in the Netherlands is one of the best things to do in spring. The colorful flower fields are stunning. You can even visit them for free – besides the expensive and touristy Keukenhof tulip experience – at the island of Goeree Overflakkee for example.
Goeree Overflakkee is an island in the south-west of the Netherlands, not far from Rotterdam. It’s about an hour’s drive from Rotterdam, so it’s easy to reach from both Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Once you’re on the island, it’s not that hard to find those picture-perfect flower fields you’ve seen all over Instagram: they’re everywhere.
The island has many tulip farms growing the bulbs for export. Yes, the bulbs, not even the flowers. They are just a side product, covering Goeree Overflakkee in colorful fields from the end of March till the end of May. As this is the main source of income for the local farmers, remember not to touch or damage the flowers and fields.
The easiest way to enjoy the flower fields is by renting a bicycle and drive around the island. There are shops to rent (electric) bicycles in some of the villages, like Middelharnis. Just drive around the village and others like Nieuwe-Tonge and Dirksland.
Jumana, Planet Hopper Girl
North of Holland has a large of tulip fields in a region called Flevoland, which means “Flower land” in Dutch . This region has largest flower fields in Holland covered by tulips which is open and free for a visit during the tulip season.
This is a very budget friendly less crowded way to see the tulip fields in the open. It is a great area for some amazing flower photography.
Flevoland hosts lots of activities during the tulip season, with multiple new tulip routes introduced every year. Tulip festivals are organized in April in Stepnop, Dronten with largest fields located in Noordoostpolder near Lelystad. Check the official website of Flevoland for details.
When you are in Flevoland, you could also visit the New Land in Lelystad or the dikes in the Netherlands that keeps the country above the sea level. There are a few UNESCO locations in this region and it is worth a road trip.
The best way to get to Flevoland is by taking a road trip in the North of Netherlands along the Flevoland Tulip route, which will also help to explore other major attractions in this area easily. Major cities around this region for staying while you visit include Zeewolde, Lelystad, Almere and Emmeloord.
I would recommend the Center Parcs Eemhof Flevoland-Holland at Zeewolde as I have stayed there before. If you dont have car, you can take a direct train from Amsterdam to Almere or Lelystad station. There are also buses from Amsterdam to Lelystad. I still recommend a road trip to navigate easily, or be like the dutch, rent a bike and take it with you in the train. The roads here are amazing for a bike ride.
Tulip season in the Netherlands
The tulip season is one of the prettiest seasons in the Netherlands. The typical tulip season runs from the end of March until the middle of May. The best times to visit the tulip fields in the Netherlands is in the middle of May when the tulips are at their best.
During spring there are more than 7 million flower bulbs blooming at the Keukenhof in Lisse, however, if you a board a train, grab bike or rent a car you are bound to stumble across a tulip fields no matter where you are in the Netherlands.
The best tours to see the Tulip fields
Even though you can visit the Tulip fields on your own, sometimes it is nice to have some one else do the thinking for you.
Take a half day tour from Amsterdam to see the colours of the tulip fields at Keukenhof, the largest tulip field in the Netherlands. Embark on a guided tour of the 15km footpath to explore and photograph the gorgeous tulips. As part of your five hour tour you can enjoy either a river tour or a 5D flight experience.
However, if you would still like to take a self paced tour of the Tulip fields why not pick up the cutest little electric car with an onboard GPS system to help you navigate around the Tulip fields. The 22 km route is available in three languages and takes around 2 hours.
Have you visited the Tulip Fields in the Netherlands? What are you top tips and recommendations? Let me know in the comments below
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