Annual natural spectacle in the Bollenstreek and Noordoostpolder
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The tulip fields of Holland is a nature spectacle. You’ll find them in many places in the Netherlands. There is even a theme park for it in the country. There are many flower fields you can visit, for free.
Springtime in the Netherlands means fields of blooming flowers like tulips and hyacinths. Rows and rows of lots of different colours. You can take a guided bike- or walking tour to see them. These are the best locations to see the flowering tulips.
Dutch farmers grow their tulips in long fields in open air. They use large, open fields next to each other. One field mostly has one species of tulip, in one colour. This means you can find fields of different colours next to each other, but also just in yellow or red. Those are the most common colour of tulips in Holland.
There are many ways to visit them. I prefer to walk or ride my bicycle past the fields. It’s great to go and find them on your own accord, on foot or by bike. You can easily make a stop on the fields for photos.
But be aware, don't go into the fields. The delicate flowers are easily tread on, which means they can not be sold anymore. The tulip farmer will obviously not be happy.
This area in the north-western part has the largest continuous flower bulb field in the world. If you cycle or walk between Petten, Den Helder, Nieuwe Niedorp and Wieringerwerf, you will see endless tulip fields. The fields are strategically located between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer.
Not many people know that most tulip farms are in the Noordoostpolder, in the province of Flevoland. East of Lelystad you can find large, colourful tulip fields.
There is a Flevoland Tulip Route. You can choose a route for walking, cycling or a route for the car along the tulip fields.
More information: Tulpenroute
More well known are the tulip farms along the coast near Den Haag and Leiden, up towards Alkmaar. Good places to visit there are Noordwijk, Sassenheim and Limmen. You can visit the local tourist office to ask for the best routes and locations.
The Keukenhof tulip park is world famous. From mid-March to the end of May, the tulips transform large parts of the Netherlands into a colourful patchwork quilt. The best time is April, when the fields are at their most colourful. It can get very busy so try to avoid the weekends.
The annual Bloemencorso of the Bollenstreek (Flower Parade) is famous and very rewarding. It is also the largest flower event in the Bollenstreek. Dozens of floats full of flowers drive from Noordwijk to Haarlem. You can stand along the route and see all the cars pass by. Most of the cars have a theme from current events or from the region. You can also see the wagons after the parade on the Grote Markt in Haarlem.
More information: Flower Parade
At various places in the Netherlands you can take a helicopter into the air to see the tulips in bloom. The trips usually only last a few minutes, although you can also book longer helicopter flights. The pilots have permission from the local farmers to fly very low over the fields. So that you get a special look at the colours.
More information: Tulips Helicopter Tour
On several locations you can take a balloon flight above the tulip fields. Which is a new way to experience them. You can now book various balloon rides, where you float over the fields. I think this is the best way to experience this natural spectacle. And I would love to do it one day.
More information: Tulip Ballooning
From mid-March to late May large parts of the Netherlands are transformed into colourful patchwork quilts. The best time to see them is April, when the fields are in full bloom and brightest. The beginning of May is also perfect for a visit.