When most people think of The Netherlands, the picture of tulips and windmills are things that comes to mind. This is with good reason as every year, certain locations in The Netherlands burst into full bloom with colourful tulips as well as other flowers.
When is the best time to visit tulip fields in Holland?
If you plan to visit Holland, you may be asking yourself ‘when is tulip season in Holland?’
You can catch the beautiful flowers bloom in the spring between the end of March and the middle of May. It is usually best to visit during the second half of April, which is considered the most beautiful and best time to visit tulip fields in full bloom.
Where to see the tulips in Holland
If you were wondering where to see the tulips in Holland, there are many places that offer stunning views of the Dutch tulip fields. There are a variety of tulip fields near Amsterdam, However, the main places extend 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, the Keukenhof. For the ultimate tulip experience, the 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 view the Dutch Flower Parade 2020 which will take place on April 25th 2020. The parade passes through 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 where you can get a unique experience of the Dutch Flower Parade 2020 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 is worth exploring by bike with your loved ones.
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Tulip fields vary in size and Noordoostpolder has some notably larger fields that come about as a result of the favourable soil and weather conditions in the area. There is also a Noordoostpolder tulip walking route, perhaps the best way to see tulips in Holland. This route is marked out, making it much easier for tourists who want to explore the Dutch flower fields.
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4. Amsterdam Tulip Festival 2020
Of course, it’s all well and good knowing where to see the tulips in Holland, but the easiest place is in the capital itself as you likely won’t have to travel far! If you want a taste of the Amsterdam lifestyle during tulip season, then the Amsterdam Tulip Festival 2020 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 (there are many tulip fields near Amsterdam), the Amsterdam flower season is well worth the visit. With 80 different locations around Amsterdam, it’s best to discover the beautiful tulips by bike, 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 best place where to see the tulips in Holland. 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 in tulip season in Holland.
History Extra: How Did Tulips Get to Holland?
Unknown to many, 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?
At HolidayParkSpecials, we offer a wide range of holiday parks in Holland with special offers and discounts. Choose from holiday parks with a variety of facilities to suit your needs and enjoy the tulip fields near Amsterdam!