The tulip season is almost here and they are more popular than ever! We’ve selected a few regions in the Netherlands that are easy to get to by car, so you can still enjoy the colourful flower fields from a distance.
Here are the best tulip fields in the Netherlands.
This tiny place is located in the Flevoland province and has an amazing backdrop with windmills and the sea. Car and bicycle routes have been voted one of the best in the world because of the tulip fields you are about to see here.
Photo by Peter Abbes
Tulips are only blooming between April and May
If you’re looking for beautiful purple tulip fields and flowers, you need to visit the area of Schagerbrug. The fields here look like a Dutch painting because of the windmill that is situated here. If you come during the morning, you will have the best photo’s at sunrise. Please don’t climb over any fences, they will be there for a reason.
Photo by GroovyPat
Another lesser known area to spot some of the largest and most beautiful tulip fields in the Netherlands. Goeree-Overflakkee is an island located in Zeeland, which is the south west of Holland. There are around 18 tulip fields on the island, in all different colours. Because these tulip fields are less known, you won’t find many tourists or locals walking around, winning! From Amsterdam, it’s about 2 hours drive. Find more Off the Beaten Track places!
Tulips were originally imported from Turkey in the 16th century, and later produced in The Netherlands
Bollenstreek: Lisse / Hillegom / Noorwijkerhout
One of the more popular tulip destinations. Lisse is near Amsterdam, so it explains why so many people go here. If you can, visit these tulip fields during the week, and early morning. By car, you can drive through the whole area and make several stops. On the same note, if you see many people, stay in the car.
Next to the longest runway in Amsterdam Schiphol, you will find a few tulip fields. Combine this with a trip to the Polderbaan to see airplanes take off and land. This is also the tulip field you see in the header photo of this article.
We have the Van Gogh Museum, and we have the Keukenhof. It’s the one place all travelers know about. Mind you, if you visit the Keukenhof, you will share the tulip watching with thousands of tourists from all over the world. Unfortunately the Keukenhof is closed until further notice but you can still visit interactively! A virtual 360 degree tour through the park will also be available soon, so that as a visitor you can still take a digital walk through Keukenhof. This can also be seen via @visitkeukenhof on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Keukenhof is virtually open until 10 May.
There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties.
Please be aware that you cannot walk into every tulip field. If you see the farmer, please ask for permission. Otherwise respect their crop and do not walk in between the flowers (only the ground/sandy parts). There are wider area’s that you can take photo’s from. This year many tulip farmers have decided to close their fields with gates because there are so many tourists ruining their tulip field.
Currently closed until next spring: Are you looking for a special way to see the tulips? Book a tour with Renzy, an electric buggy which provides a fun audio tour so you can easily self-explore!