A sea of tulips

A walk around the tulips fields in Holland is one of my favourite things to do in spring. There are guided walks that will lead you through a dazzling sea of tulips. The most popular flower-growing area in Holland is around the town of Lisse (30 minutes drive, southwest of Amsterdam), also home to the famous Keukenhof gardens. Other tulip regions include the region around Schagen (north of Amsterdam) and Flevoland (east of Amsterdam). The best time to view the tulips is in the second half of April and early-May, depending on the weather of course.

The tulip fields north of Amsterdam

My favourite tulip-viewing area lies to the north of Amsterdam between the towns of Schoorl, Callantsoog and Schagen. The endless fields of flowers there will simply blow you away! To get here, you can take the train from Amsterdam to Schagen (map). From here, you can hire a bicycle to explore the region (cycle in the direction of Sint Maartensvlotbrug) or take a bus to Callantsoog. Read my post about this region: “Holland At Its Best“, and enjoy this sea of tulips!

A sea of red tulips

A sea of red tulips

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A blaze of colour!

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A path through the tulip fields.

Lisse, Hillegom and the Keukenhof gardens

The region around the towns of Lisse and Hillegom is one of the major tulip-growing areas in the Netherlands, and the most popular region for visitors. This region is also where the world-famous Keukenhof is situated, so you can easily combine a drive around the tulip fields with a visit to the Keukenhof gardens. Read about my drive around the tulip fields.

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Tulip fields near the town of Hillegom.

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A blaze of tulips.

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Cycling is a great way to see the tulip fields.

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Rows of tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens.

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Tulips and hyacinths in the Keukenhof gardens.

Tours to Keukenhof and the tulip fields

If you don’t have a car, you can book a tour to Keukenhof that includes transport from Amsterdam city centre and skip-the-line tickets. Or you can go on a tour from Amsterdam that includes both the Keukenhof and the tulip fields. For an aerial view, you can also opt for a helicopter tour over the Keukenhof and nearby tulip fields!

 

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11 Responses to “A sea of tulips”

  1. The Nomadi Nepali 04/08/2013 11:50 am
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    oh no i missed it when I was in Holland, next time I make sure not to miss since it looks amazing 🙂

  2. Steve 22/07/2013 4:23 pm
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    These look absolutely beautiful!

  3. Chris 09/07/2013 1:45 pm
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    Holland is one of my top priority places to visit, I really enjoyed your photos and would love to see more.

  4. Keith Jenkins 12/04/2013 5:31 pm
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    LOL! 🙂 Sure is a nice blast of colour. Hope you get some warmer days soon!

    Cheers,
    Keith

  5. Leigh 12/04/2013 5:30 pm
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    Nice to see a blast of colour. I’ve been shoveling snow this week. I buy cut tulips to perm me up.

  6. Keith Jenkins 10/04/2013 10:20 am
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    Hi Adam,
    That’s right. The flower auction market is in the town of Aalsmeer, a short drive south of Amsterdam. It’s definitely a must-see!

    Cheers,
    Keith

  7. Adam Sommer 09/04/2013 5:57 pm
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    I have always wanted to visit Holland during the spring (Ive been a bunch, always in the winter though). I hear there is a great (and large) market where whole sellers market tulips that is also a great site!

  8. Bianca 09/04/2013 6:34 am
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    Spare a thought for us in the Southern Hemisphere. Our days are getting shorter and cooler and spring seems a long way away.
    Great photos. I can hardly wait for my bulbs to bloom in my front garden again.

  9. Keith Jenkins 06/04/2013 4:32 pm
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    Hi Brett,
    No, these pictures were taken last year. The Keukenhof gardens are open so you’ll see some blooms there but the fields won’t be in full bloom yet. Way too cold right now.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  10. Brett Domue 05/04/2013 6:53 pm
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    Are these from this year already? Or has the cold kept them from blooming yet? We’re thinking of heading up tomorrow before we hit the airport for our flight to Taiwan if they’re in bloom…

  11. Theresa Jenkins 05/04/2013 12:58 pm
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    Oh its so lovely Keith. The rows of colours makes you feel so fresh and lively.

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