When most people think of The Netherlands, the picture of tulips and windmills is one of the things that comes to mind. This is with good reason as every once a year, certain locations in The Netherlands burst into full bloom with colourful tulips as well as other flowers. If you plan to visit Holland, you may be asking yourself ‘what’s the best time for tulips in Holland this 2019?’ You can catch the beautiful flowers bloom in the spring between the end of March and the middle of May. However, due to the unpredictable weather in Holland it is usually best to visit during the last half of April, which is also considered the most beautiful time to view the tulips in full bloom.
Where are the Tulip Fields in The Netherlands?
There are many places in The Netherlands that offer breath-taking views of Dutch tulip fields. However, the main regions are situated in North Holland provinces extending from Leiden to Haarlem in a region that is also known as the Flower Bulb District. To make it easy for you, we have compiled a list of the top cities to visit to view the vibrant tulips as well as experience flower parades and festivals.
Of course we had to start the list off with Lisse which is home to the famous tulip garden in Holland, Keukenhof. For the ultimate tulip experience, Keukenhof is the place to be as it offers a view of over 7 million flower bulbs as well as an impressive collection of other flowers such as daffodils, hyacinths, roses, orchids, and much more. While you are at the famous garden, you can also visit the Dutch Flower Parade which will take place on April 13th 2019. The parade passes by the centre of Lisse which is only a 10 minute walk from Keukenhof giving you two attractions in one area.
Noordwijk is a Dutch coastal town that is also within the Flower Bulb District of The Netherlands. You can also get a unique experience of the Dutch Flower Parade at the Noordwijk beachfront with floats that can be viewed from the Koningin Wilhelmina Boulevard. Other than beautiful spring flowers, there is also beautiful nature that encompasses the area which you can explore by bike with your loved ones.
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Tulip fields vary in size across The Netherlands and Noordoostpolder has some notably large fields that come about as a result of the favourable soil and weather conditions in the area. There is also a Noordoostpolder tulip route which is marked making it much easier for tourists who want to explore the Dutch flower fields and all their different colours. If you want to brighten up your home then you can pick your own tulips from the Tulip Picking Garden.
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If you want a taste of both the Amsterdam lifestyle as well as tulips then the Tulip Festival is the place to be. The festival takes place every April in the public areas of Amsterdam with free displays. Although Amsterdam doesn’t have the typical Dutch tulip fields to marvel at, the tulip festival in spring is well worth the visit. With 80 different locations around Amsterdam, you can discover the beautiful tulips with bikes that you can rent from all over the city. A fun way to take in the beauty of the tulips and the culture of the vibrant city.
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Ever been to a museum garden? Limmen is home to the Hortus Bulborum which is a Dutch museum garden with over 4000 different tulips, hyacinth, daffodils and other beautiful flowers. If you are passionate about flowers then this is the place to be. The museum garden has an impressive collection of tulips dating from 1595 as well as 17th century daffodils. The Hortus Bulborum is therefore worth the visit if you prefer to see unique tulips as opposed to the regular Holland tulips.
History Extra: How Did Tulips Get to Holland?
Tulips are actually native to Turkey and central Asia but made their way to Holland in the 16th Century. The flowers became increasingly popular after Carolus Clusius, a French botanist wrote a book about them which resulted in the rise of numerous tulip paintings and festivals. By the mid-seventeenth century, tulips became so popular in Holland that they created the ‘Tulip Mania’ economic bubble which even saw people using tulips as a currency.
Want to spend the night near the tulip fields?
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