Dutch tulip season: where to see the best tulip fields in the Netherlands in 2023

It’s almost tulip season in the Netherlands, that time of year when you see fields full of these beautiful flowers. But where to best see them?

There are some stunning spots to see the tulips in between Amsterdam and Leiden — but these aren’t the only places to view these gorgeous flowers. 

With the weather brightening up, spring is the perfect time to get out of the house and take in the Dutch landscape. The Netherlands boasts a range of floral delights, including the famous Dutch tulip and an array of cherry blossoms. 🌸

There are tons of top locations, but these are the best tulip fields in the Netherlands!

Amsterdam Tulip Festival

The Tulip Festival has planted a tulip for everyone in Amsterdam. It’s truly a sight to behold! The tulip festival can be enjoyed in Amsterdam (and across the Netherlands) in over 85 locations!

It’s coming: the next tulip festival starts on 23 March and runs until 14 May 2023.

The blooming period of tulips in the Netherlands is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Usually, there are flower parades, markets, as well as long fields of flowers and you can ride your bike around the city to see it all.

One thing’s for sure: there will be tulips everywhere. 🌷

What a beautiful and colourful sight with tulip season! Image: Freepik

The tulip festival began on January 18 at Dam Square. “A tulip for every Amsterdammer” is their motto, after planting 25,000 tulips in November ready for spring. In the coming weeks, people across the Netherlands will marvel at the simple beauty of the tulip.

Where can I find Tulip Festival events in Amsterdam?

So, where can you find a beautiful assortment of tulips during the festival? Here’s where it’s all going down if you want to get tickets to the Amsterdam Tulip Festival.

All the public displays are free to enjoy, for some museum gardens ticket pricing applies. We have been talking about tulips non-stop! Orange tulips, the Dutch national colour, pink, a widely loved colour and even purple tulips, we love them all.

De Keukenhof

This is the place a lot of people choose to visit for good reason: it’s massive and there are many separate events to check out once you make the short trip to the outskirts of Amsterdam.

The most popular tulip field is Keukenhof, a large flower garden and park located in Lisse, truly a sight to behold!

Keukenhof is currently temporarily closed. It will open daily from 23 March to 14 May from 08:00 to 19:30.

Stunning tulips in Keukenhof! Image: Freepik

There’s nothing worse than arriving at a tourist destination — and having it crowded with other tourists.

With Renzy, you can whizz around the breathtaking flower fields at your own pace, bypass the tourists standing around, and head out on country roads for completely unobstructed, stretching views of the stunning flowers instead in a 100% electric-powered Renault Twizy.

A GPS guide and detailed maps 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.

You can experience the magic of the Tulip Festival at over 85 locations throughout the Netherlands: in the public areas of Amsterdam, in the gardens of the city’s museums and hotels, and by notable buildings in the city centre as well as in various districts of Amsterdam.

All displays in public areas are free to enjoy, for some museum gardens normal ticket prices apply.

Keukenhof Flower Parade

These festivities usually take place 30 minutes outside the centre of Amsterdam. The Keukenhof Flower Parade (“Bloemencorso Bollenstreek”) has floats adorned with arrangements of Hyacinths, daffodils, and of course, tulips. 

The Dutch Flower Parade will be held on 22 April 2023.

But other than the capital, where else can you find tulips in the Netherlands?

Noordoostpolder: venturing out of Amsterdam

Noordoostpolder is a family favourite, there’s even a driving route you can take while you take in the view! There’s also a plucking field specifically for taking some keepsakes home with you. 

This particular part of the country has Dutch agriculture at its heart. It houses the majority of tulip fields in the Netherlands, with over 1,000 hectares just dedicated to growing them. You can reach the Noordoostpolder by car, being just over an hour’s drive from Amsterdam or Utrecht.

Look at those colourful beds of yellow and red tulips in Noordoostpolder! Image: Freepik

Zeeland aka “Zeeuws-Vlaanderen”

This is one for those who are looking for a nice day trip from Antwerp. The fields are a bit smaller but they’re also closer together, meaning you’ll feel truly surrounded by tulips.

One of the lesser-known beauties of the Netherlands, these fields are for those that are looking to go off the beaten track — after all, a little adventure never hurt anyone.

The Bulb Region near Leiden

This is where most people go if they want to see tulips in the Netherlands. Heck, it’s the tulip fields where our video plays out:

The tulips of Noord Holland and West Friesland

There are a lot of tulip fields in North Holland, and why? The secret is in the soil. You’ll be able to breathe in the fresh country air and clear your mind at Andijk, Enkhuizen or Bovenkarspel, with a huge array of tulip fields.

West Friesland rests at the top of Noord-Holland, you’ll have no trouble getting around. Kop van Noord-Holland can be reached by jumping on an inter-city train, it’s about an hour’s journey from Amsterdam.

So that’s your guide to where you can see tulips in the Netherlands. Remember, some events are ticketed so make sure to check the websites before making the trip.

Know any other spots to see the tulips in the Netherlands? Tell us in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2019, and was fully updated in January 2023 for your reading pleasure.

Feature Image:Depositphotos
Jesse Rintoul
Jesse Rintoulhttps://textmood.co/
I'm a 24-year-old writer living in Amsterdam, pursuing videography and media. The coffee I am drinking in my profile picture is a black coffee.

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