How And Where To Go – Chasing Holland Tulips

Dutch Tulips Are World Famous!

Let’s face it, there’s two main things tourists want to see when they go to Holland, tulips and windmills. I have to say, I’m not the exception to that rule! Dutch flower fields are an amazing sight in the spring, it’s like a rainbow fell out of the sky and splashed itself all over the fields of Holland for a short springtime nap. Beautifully bright bands of color stretching off into the horizon, it’s just an incredible sight to see. And while you can visit the Netherlands and be dazzled by the hue and colors most of the year, there is really only one time that you should try and visit.

How And Where To Go - Chasing Holland Tulips

When Should You Go To See Tulips In Holland?

It happens every year in late March. Those first few buds pop through the cold soil and open their eyes to a new world. Then, for about seven or eight weeks the tulip fields are a riot of color. This is the best time to see tulips in Holland. The flowers are growing in earnest! Forget about April showers bringing May flowers, you really can’t wait until May. It is still a little bit chilly, and there is certainly a chance for a light snow dusting but April is the time to go to see Dutch tulips. Of course, this is also a time to celebrate. Another cold, wet winter has been chased away by all of the shining hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips.

So where should you to see tulip fields in Holland? The first thing that comes to mind is Keukenhof gardens. These beautiful gardens have been pleasing spring tourists for decades. After your visit to this famous park, you really should have your own set of wheels to get out and see the tulips growing in the fields, what a sight! Most hotels rent bicycles and, since biking in Holland is a natural choice, my advice is to get on your bike and ride! You can ride anywhere in Holland safely and comfortably (most of the country is completely flat).

I also recommend that you go for a drive if you have a car. There are flower fields all around the Keukenhof area, stretching from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Just be aware, flowers are a major industry in Holland and they don’t let these precious jewels die in the field. Workers will be cutting, bagging, boxing, and selling flowers and faster than you can believe. If you don’t want to travel all the way to Holland to see tulips, why not pick up your own bag of bulbs to grow at home? Amazon will ship them direct.

In fact, one of the reasons flowers are headed (tops cut off) is for decorating floats. That’s right,  the biggest and longest flower parade in the world takes place every April in the Netherlands. We’ll let you decide for yourself what you think of the floats, and you can leave us a comment after checking out the video!

Practical Information for finding tulips in Holland

  • When to go – late March to mid May – I would say the second two weeks of April are the prime time.
  • Where to go – along the coast between the Hague and Haarlem is our choice for tulips –  Keukenhof is a must.
  • Keukenhof is open between mid March and late May, 23 March to 21 May (2017) open everyday between 08:00 AM – 7:30 PM (8.00 – 19.30 hrs). The ticket office closes at 6 PM.
  • The world famous Holland Flower Parade, the Bloemencorseo occurs in late April (21 April 2018) – Click here to visit the official website for more information.
  • Where to stay – we really liked our stay at the Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim. It was comfortable, classy, and a short walk from the parade route.
  • Planning for the Flower Parade – check the website carefully for exact dates, times, and the route. Consider reserving a seat in the grandstands in Sassenheim. It’s definitely worth the cost.
  • What else to do in the area – Go see windmills, of course. There is one on the north side of Keukenhof, or take an hour long drive to Kinderdijk to see the largest collection of historic windmills.

Have you been to see Holland tulips? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with our readers?

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Traveling to Holland to see the famous tulips? This is how you do it! Click here to find out about the Bloemencoerso (Flower Parade) and watch the video! ......................................................how to | travel tips | travel hacks | Netherlands | guide | day trip

19 Comments

  1. Thanks for providing information for us! Tulip is one of the most beautiful flower in my opinion so if I have a chance to go to Holland, I will use your post as my guide to find some tulips in there <3

  2. Very nice film editing on that movie at the top. I enjoyed hearing the music and seeing the floats. I’ve never been to Holland but would really love to see it abloom with all the famous tulips. I didn’t realize that there was a flower parade, athough it totally makes sense as a way to show off the blooms. #WkendTravelInspiration

    1. Thanks Michele! I had a load of fun putting that one together. The music was so catchy. It was almost as much fun making the video as it was being at the parade.

  3. I was in Harlem in the middle of summer and I was only there for several hours so I didn’t have time to go and look for tulips.They must be a spectacular sight when the fields are in full bloom.

    1. I don’t think you would have seen many tulips in summer. They are pretty much done after May, unfortunately. But while they are in bloom, wow!

  4. I am not the exception either! I do want to visit Holland during tulip season. From your photos and account, it is not just about the flowers. It is an entire festivity and I would like to be part of that. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  5. I am saving this for future reference. My husband wants to visit Holland next year and one of the main things we want to see is the tulips. We went to Keukenhof a very long time ago and just loved it. Your tip about the best time to go will be very useful.

  6. This is some useful information for seeing tulips in Holland – I would have thought to come a bit later in the year. But we actually just saw a ton of tulips on our recent travels in Eastern Europe, particularly in Istanbul and Sofia! They had just celebrated some sort of tulip festival right before we arrived in Istanbul and the city was full of them.

    1. Jessica, The Turks were the first to introduce tulips and the Netherlands received their first bulbs from that country. So, you were right where it all began.

  7. Tulips are such happy flowers! I knew people went to go see them in the Netherlands, but I had no idea that there were whole festivals around them. Beautiful!

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