We travel to the most distant countries to see beautiful sights, but did you know that you don't have to look far for beautiful, colorful images? The Netherlands is known worldwide for its tulips. Despite the fact that the tulip originally Turkey comes, and therefore not from the Netherlands, somehow it couldn't be more 'Dutch'. In the months of April and May you can visit the tulip fields in several places in the Netherlands. We'll let you know where to go in this blog.
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When to visit tulip fields in the Netherlands
Usually the tulip fields are in the llast 2 weeks of April tot first 2 weeks of May in bloom. It will depend on the weather conditions whether it will be an 'early season' or a 'late season'. But, if you stick to the last 2 weeks of April, chances are you're on the right track. In May, the tulips are cut and ready to be sold to markets, flower shops and supermarkets. In addition, they are also exported to America, Asia and the Middle East.
1. Keukenhof in Lisse
Around Keukenhof in Lisse there are more than 7 million flower bulbs to see. That is why this region is also called the bulb region. It is not surprising that Keukenhof is the first place that comes to mind when you think of many tulip fields. The hashtag #keukenhof was used about 2019 times in 459.000. The location was visited by 1,5 million people from as many as 100 countries in 8 weeks. 2019 was therefore a record year. By the way, that comes down to an average of about 25.500 visitors per day† And then we haven't even mentioned all the means of transport that belong to these people and therefore drive around in this region. Terrible if you ask us. The situation is of course different now. Corona also has its advantages (positive thinking :)). So perhaps now is the time to visit Keukenhof as a Dutch person. In the part between Lisse, Noordwijkerhout and Hillegom you will find the most tulip fields in the Netherlands. The fields are not far apart, so you can easily do this by bike. You can rent bicycles in the area.
Cycle route along the tulip fields around Keukenhof
De Tourist Office in Lisse recommends the following mapped out cycling route. It is a distance of 37 kilometers where you cycle along the tulip fields. The nodes are: 91 – 29 – 49 – 40 – 28 – 13 – 12 – 17 – 16 – 15 – 44 – 11 – 48 – 47 – 86 – 43 – 42 – 69 – 75 – 74 – 59 – 58 – 55 – 57 – 38 – 30 – 91.
In Flevoland (around Emmeloord) do you find such a 2000 hectares of tulip fields† With about 100 kilometers you can take the longest route in the Netherlands here. It is therefore recommended to do this by car. At the tulip information center you can get more information about the route and this is also the starting point. Of course you can also ask for information in advance at the local tourist office.
3. North Holland North
With the head of Noord-Holland we mean the area near Schagen and Medemblik† This area is known because you can find the largest contiguous fields here and therefore one of the best places to spot tulip fields in the Netherlands.
4. Goerree Overflakkee
If you don't like tourist attractions (who does?!), then Goerree Overflakkee the place to be† On this island you may find the most beautiful tulip fields in the Netherlands. There are 3 cycling routes of 38, 48 and 49 kilometers.
Cycle route along the tulip fields in Goerree Overflakkee
- 48 kilometer cycling route with starting point Middelharnis: route from bicycle junction 75 to 74 – 85 – 86 – 87 – 88 – 92 – 93 – 94 – 87 – 88 – 89 – 82 – 83 – 75.
- 38 kilometer cycling route with starting point Middelharnis: route from bicycle junction 75 to 83 – 84 – 89 – 82 – 81 – 80 – 79 – 78 – 46 – 77 – 47 – 76 – 75.
- 49 kilometer cycling route with starting point Stellendam: route from bicycle junction 64 to 65 – 73 – 76 – 47 – 77 – 44 – 79 – 78 – 46 – 44 – 77 – 47 – 43 – 72 – 66 – 65 – 64.
5. Low Holland
In the area north of Amsterdam is 'Laag Holland' with, among other things, the Beemster and the Zaanstreek† You can't get more Dutch, because you can also visit the windmills here.
You can also see tulip fields in Groningen! You can't compare it to the areas mentioned above, but if you live in the north of the Netherlands, Groningen is a great location. You will find the tulip fields around monastic neighbours, Wolendorp en Uithuizermeeden.