The Best Places to See Tulips in the Netherlands

Noordwijkerhout, between Leiden and Haarlem, is famed for its tulip fields
Noordwijkerhout, between Leiden and Haarlem, is famed for its tulip fields | © Leuntje / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Tom Coggins
19 May 2021

In late April and early May, the tulip fields in the Netherlands burst colourfully into full bloom. Fortunately, there are hundreds of flower fields dotted throughout the Dutch countryside, which means that tulips are never very far away. Here are the best places to see this floral phenomenon.

Keukenhof

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KEUKENHOF TULIP GARDENS WITH MANY COLOURED FLOWERS GROWING AMONG THE TREES IN SPRINGTIME HOLLAND
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Visiting Keukenhof gardens during tulip season is a staple of Dutch springtime. More than 6m tulip bulbs are planted in this expansive park every year, and the English-style landscape gardens are breath-taking. Keukenhof also holds events throughout the season, including a huge flower parade that attracts thousands of visitors.

Amsterdam

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Netherlands, Amsterdam, Start tulip season at Dam Square. People can pick the tulips for free. National Tulip Day. Girl bicycle
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Yes, this is an entire city, but finding tulips in Amsterdam is never difficult, thanks to the many springtime events and activities that take place here. In addition to the floating flower market and other horticulturally orientated attractions, Amsterdam hosts a massive tulip festival. Many of the city’s cultural institutions take part in this event and plant tulips around their headquarters, creating colourful oases throughout.

Noordoostpolder

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Colorful tulip field with electricity pylons in Dutch Noordoostpolder
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Like the rest of the Flevoland province, the municipality of Noordoostpolder was submerged beneath the sea until relatively recently and was reclaimed from the Zuiderzee bay in the mid-20th century. Today, this large landmass is covered in flower fields and is among the best places in the Netherlands to experience tulip season. Many farms in Noordoostpolder offer guided tours of their fields, and the whole area is exceptionally bike-friendly.

Lisse

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Holland, Dune and Bulb Region in April, Lisse, fields of tulips and hyacinths, machine to cut flowers to encourage the bulbs.
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Although the town of Lisse is usually associated with Keukenhof, it is actually surrounded by hundreds of tulip fields that mainly produce flowers for the international market. These long, multicoloured strips of land are astoundingly beautiful and easily accessible by bike. In fact, Lisse has deep historical ties with floriculture and is home to the Museum de Zwarte Tulp, dedicated to the Dutch tulip industry.

Noordwijkerhout

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The Netherlands, Noordwijkerhout, in the heart of the bulb-growing region, which is famed for its tulips.
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The small tract of fertile coastal land between the cities of Leiden and Haarlem is famed for its expansive tulip fields and is colloquially known as de Duin- en Bollenstreek (the dune and bulb region). This beautiful landscape trails through a small Dutch town called Noordwijkerhout, which is particularly well known for having excellent tulip bulbs. Exploring this region by bike is rewarding and allows you to discover the rural hinterland, rugged dunes and beautiful shoreline of North Holland.

These recommendations were updated on May 19, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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