The ultimate guide to tulip season in the Netherlands for 2022

It’s that time of the year! Tulips are growing, and the landscape will soon transform into a colourful patchwork: tulip season in the Netherlands is on its way!

When thinking of tulips in the Netherlands, Keukenhof immediately comes to mind — but there are other ways to enjoy the blooming flowers, with fewer tourists, and above all, it’s cheaper!

Here we’ll talk tulip fields, where to see them for free, when’s the best time to go, and what events you can’t miss!

So without further ado, here’s all you need to know about tulip season in the Netherlands in 2022:

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Daffodils close to Leiden. Image: Gabrielle Dauby/Supplied

Tulip season in the Netherlands: where to go?

The best place to go in order to enjoy the tulips in the Netherlands is called the Bollenstreek, or bulb region, which really says it all!

The Bollenstreek is an area between Leiden, The Hague and Haarlem. Here you can find the cities of Lisse, Hillegom, Katwijk, Noordwijk, Noordwijkerhout and Teylingen, where the floral industry is, quite literally, flourishing.

There, in the Dutch town Lisse, you also find the Keukenhof. It’s commercial, sure, but I’d recommend going at least once in your life. With more than 7 million bulbs the park is really a tulip wonderland!

If you’re looking for quieter areas, head to the countryside between Hillegom and Warmond. That’s where you’ll find amazing flower fields. From blue to white, or purple to orange — stunning, rainbow-carpeted flower fields are waiting!

In short: If you don’t mind paying, head to the Keukenhof, but if you’re strapped for cash then head to the fields around the Keukenhof. Both of these options guarantee that you’ll see plenty of those beautiful tulips!

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Hyacinths close to Leiden. Image: Gabrielle Dauby/Supplied

Tulip season in the Netherlands: when to go?

The season begins with the blooming of crocuses in March, followed by hyacinths, narcissus/daffodils and tulips at the end of the month.

The tulips season stretched out until the end of May when the Keukenhof closes. Mid-April is probably the best time to go as most of the flowers will be in full bloom!

It’s worth noting that every year the season changes slightly. Finding the prime point to go to is really difficult. Climate change is definitely making itself known, so it all depends on the kind of weather the Netherlands experiences before and during the tulip season.

This year, the Keukenhof opens its doors on March 24 and will round up the season on May 15.

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Tulips in Hillegom. Image: Gabrielle Dauby/Supplied

Tulip season in the Netherlands: how to go?

From Leiden, we recommend going for a day of cycling in the flower fields. We’re in the Netherlands after all, and the best way to explore the area is by bicycle. Take the direction of Noordwijkerhout, and come back via Sassenheim and Teylingen. You’ll be able to go through amazing fields, with windmills, for complete scenery!

If cycling isn’t your thing, then taking a nice walk is certainly the second-best option. Hop on the train to Hillegom for an easy walk around the station. You won’t have to go far to find the fields, as they are easily accessible.

If you want to skip the crowds and see the tulip fields unobstructed, there’s a very cool option to get you off the beaten path. Whizz around the breathtaking flower fields of Keukenhof at your own pace, bypass the tourists standing around and head out on country roads for completely unobstructed views of the stunning flowers in a 100% electric-powered Renault Twizy.

You can see the tulip fields of Keukenhof off the beaten track and in this totally unique way with Renzy. A GPS guide and a detailed map will give you all the information you need in the privacy of your two-seater car.

Getting cool facts about the tulips while feeling the breeze in your hair and enjoying the view? Hell yeah.

Tulips season in Holland: events

Tulip season is almost like basically an added holiday season in the Netherlands. And what’s part of every holiday? Right, celebrations and festivities.

Bulbflower Parade

A magical event you should definitely check out is the Bloemencorso, or the Bulbflower Parade, which takes place every year. This year, the festivities take place from April 20 to April 24.

Get yourself a free spot on the route of the parade and admire the beautifully decorated floats. Hyacinths, tulips and daffodils will be at their absolute best!

Bloemencorso in Hillegom 2015. Image: Gabrielle Dauby/Supplied

Flower Festival and Flower Auction in Aalsmeer

Another floral experience is the Flower Festival in Aalsmeer hosted at the largest trading platform for plants and flowers in the world! After two cancellations in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival will take place from June 17 to June 21.

While in the area, wake up early to see the flower auction! The auction is open to the public only from 7 AM until 9 or 11 AM during the week. The perfect way to look at the behind-the-scenes and witness the hustle and bustle of the market, where each day 19 million flowers and 2 million plants are sold.

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Bloemencorso in Hillegom 2015. Image: Gabrielle Dauby/Supplied

Do you have any tips for the tulip season in Holland? Tell us in the comments!

This article was originally published in January 2017 and was fully updated in March 2022 for your reading pleasure.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. […] The best place to see tulips in the Netherlands is, undoubtedly, the Keukenhof. Alternatively, you may wish to drop in at the Amsterdam Tulip museum where you can learn all about the history and culture of the the famous flower.  For those of us less intrepid, catch the upcoming film ‘Tulip Fever’ [released date 15 July].  In any case, don’t be a wallflower – get out and enjoy the tulips this spring! […]

  2. Hi Gabrielle,

    Thank you very much for your useful information. I plan to go to Netherlands next year around the end of May. So, I would miss ‘Keukenhof garden’ 🙁 However, after reading your post, it gave me hopes that I still have a chance to see beautiful flowers. I wonder if I go to “Bollenstreek, the Bulb Region” around the end of May, will there be any spring flowers left?

    Thank you very much!

  3. Hiya just another question!
    I have tried looking up answers for my questions but just can’t seem to find any. I was just curious as to whether we had to pay to visit a tulip field anywhere in Holland?

  4. I’m visiting Holland 16 May through 19 May. Will the tulips still be in bloom? Will the Keukenhof be open to see the tulips?

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