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), Flevoland (east of Amsterdam) and Noordoostpolder (northeast of Amsterdam). The best time to view the tulips is in April, depending on the weather of course. I always recommend visitors who wish to see the tulip fields to come around mid- to late-April for the best chances to see the tulips in full bloom.
Where to see the tulip fields in The Netherlands
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 Julianadorp. Alternatively, 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. Search for flights to Amsterdam with KLM.
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.
See the tulip fields from a steam locomotive
There are also many tulip fields in the Medemblik-Hoorn-Enkhuizen triangle. A historic steam locomotive runs regularly between Hoorn and Enkhuizen via Medemblik. During the tulip months of April and May, a special Tulpentram (Tulip Train) plies the route between Hoorn and Medemblik, offering passengers gorgeous views of the tulip fields.
Please refrain from touching, plucking or trampling on the flowers!
Read my post about this region: Holland At Its Best.
Read about a road trip around the Markermeer which also includes this tulip region.
Lisse, Hillegom and the Keukenhof gardens
The region around the towns of Lisse and Hillegom, southwest of Amsterdam, 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 Lisse 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!
Other tulip growing areas
Other tulip growing areas a short drive from Amsterdam include Flevoland (on the Zeewolde-Dronten axis; about a 40 minute drive) and the Noordoostpolder (Emmeloord-Creil axis; about a 1 hour drive). See the map above for the tulip field driving routes in these areas.