A walk around the tulips fields in Holland is one of my favourite things to do in spring. 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. I always recommend visitors who wish to see the tulip fields to come in the second half of April for the best chances to see the tulips in full bloom.
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.
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.
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!
Read about other day trips from Amsterdam.