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

Yep, it’s tulip season in the Netherlands, that time of year when you see fields full of these beautiful flowers. But where? You should know by now that 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 in the Netherlands. 

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

There are tons of top locations to find tulips in the Netherlands. But let’s start with the capital first, because there’s a tulip festival in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam Tulip Festival

The 2021 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). However, they’ve had to make some changes in 2021 due to coronavirus. 

Amsterdam streets coloured by tulips throughout April

The blooming period of tulips in the Netherlands, especially Holland, 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.

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.

2021 UPDATE: The Amsterdam Tulip Festival is going ahead digitally this year. If you live close by to the fields and want to swing by in person here are some handy reminders to make sure you are enjoying nature safely:

  • All activities have a limited capacity
  • Keep 1.5-meters distance from others and avoid crowds
  • You must make a reservation online for all attractions 
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitiser before, during and after entering attractions
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow
  • Wear a mask in all public indoor spaces and crowded areas

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.

Keukenhof

This is the place a lot of people choose to visit, simply put, 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 park located in Lisse. However, due to coronavirus it hasn’t been able to open it’s doors yet this year, and we’re unsure if it will be able to at all. 

If you would like to see the tulips, you can instead book a corona-proof tour of the fields in the Flower Bulb region. These are the fields directly around Keukenhof and are truly a sight to see!

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

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the flower parade has been cancelled this year due to coronavirus. If you want your fix of the flowery action, there are a ton of virtual events as part of the tulip festival this year. 

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. 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! (delicious scenery, *drools*). 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 drive from Amsterdam or Utrecht.

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 all display and array of tulip fields will leave you spoiled for choice.

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 full, comprehensive, obsessed guide to where to see tulips in the Netherlands. If you’re visiting more than one we wish you all the very best in your travels. 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? Let us know in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2019, and was fully updated in March 2021 for your reading pleasure.
Feature Image: Renzy/Supplied

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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