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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. Many people ask me where to see the tulip fields in The Netherlands. 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 April, depending on the weather of course. Some years, early-April is the best time, whilst in other years, mid- to late-April are the best times.

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. Or, you can hire a car and drive around the tulip fields at your own leisure. This region is less than an hour’s drive north of Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, get on the A9 highway to Alkmaar, then follow either the N9 or N245 roads to see the tulip fields. Many of the best tulip fields can be found along the Callantsoog-Schagen axis between the N9 and N245 roads.

Please refrain from touching, plucking or trampling on the flowers!

Read my post about this region: Holland At Its Best.

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!

 

12 Responses

  • Holland is one of my top priority places to visit, I really enjoyed your photos and would love to see more.

  • Nice to see a blast of colour. I’ve been shoveling snow this week. I buy cut tulips to perm me up.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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…

  • Oh its so lovely Keith. The rows of colours makes you feel so fresh and lively.

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