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Tulip Fields in the Netherlands – When & Where (2019)

One of the most iconic vistas of the Netherlands are the endless tulip fields in multitude of colours. Sometimes with a windmill at the horizon, to make it even more Dutch. We will tell you when and where to see them!

Keep in mind that this spectacular view can be seen only in a limited time during the spring. As all flowers, tulips bloom within a specific timeframe, then they are cut and all you can see in the fields are rows of green stems (and some fallen flower leftovers). We have friends who visited Holland and saw only empty fields, so read on and plan well!

When to Visit the Tulip Fields in the Netherlands?

Tulip fields in full bloom
See tulip fields when they are in full bloom

The flowering time varies a bit every year due to the weather conditions. This year (2019) they bloomed since the last week of March until the end of April. You can see the most spectacular tulip garden in the world until 19 May.

Where Are the Tulip Fields in the Netherlands?

1. Lisse

Tulip fields in Lisse
Tulip fields in Lisse

The most recommended – and the most famous place to see the tulip fields is Lisse. That’s because apart from long rows of pretty colourful fields, Lisse has the greatest national flower treasure: the splendid Keukenhof gardens (details below).

1.1. Lisse By Bus

Tulip fields Netherlands - Lisse
Tulip fields in the Netherlands – Lisse

The easiest solution is to take a bus 858 from Schiphol Airport (the Amsterdam airport). There are special deals for bus tickets combined with entrance ticket to Keukenhof gardens at discounted prices. You will find a detailed and always updated information on stops, routes, prices and timetables of the buses here.

It’s easy to find the bus at the station – it is painted all over with huge vivid tulips ;)

1.2. Lisse By Bike

Bike trip among the tulip fields in Noordwijkerhout in the Netherlands
Bike trip among the tulip fields in Noordwijkerhout in the Netherlands

Lots of people rent a bike to live the real Dutch experience: riding a bike along flowering tulip fields :)  The Dutch spring may be much more sunny than you expect, so on a serene day it’s really a great pleasure. Apart from that, bike is best also for taking pictures. That’s because you can stop wherever you want and avoid more crowded areas.

Taking a bike directly from Amsterdam may not be for everybody, but you can come to the area by bus and rent a bike already in Lisse or nearby areas. The price of rental starts at EUR 7.5 for half a day. You will find all the information on where to rent a bike, prices and the best Flower Routes here.

1.3. Lisse By Car

Among the tulip fields in Lisse
The CEO of Euroviajar.com among the tulip fields in Lisse

Another option is renting a car, however the village roads along the fields are narrow and so a traffic jam of visitors stopping to photograph the fields forms up quite easily.

Lisse is between Amsterdam and The Hague. Take the A4 highway and exit in Nieuw-Vennep; or take A44 highway and take exit 3 in Lisse.

2. Keukenhof Gardens

The ultimate tulip mania experience awaits you in fascinating Keukenhof Gardens with 7 million bulbs of 800(!) varieties of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths! That’s something you can see only in the Netherlands! There are thematic compositions and patterns created by the flowers of different types and colours with centuries’ old tradition of the Dutch gardening.

It’s fascinating even for people not easily impressed by flowers (like men, for instance)! The gardens are huge and they include a museum of tulips, a 100-year-old windmill, several cafes, restaurants and flower and souvenir shops. In other words: it’s a truly enchanting place to spend half a day. Highly recommended.

Keukenhof Info

The entrance ticket is EUR 17 on-line or EUR 18 in the ticket office, but better buy a deal with a bus ticket (as explained above in the By Bus section).

The opening time this year: 21 March – 19 May 2019

1 h 30 mins by bus or train+bus from Amsterdam

Here are some good deals for organized trips to Keukenhof

3. Duin en Bollenstreek – “Dune and Bulb Region”

Tulip Route in Bollenstreek – Dune and Bulb Region
Tulip Route in Bollenstreek – Dune and Bulb Region

Between the cities of Leiden, The Hague and Haarlem, there is a coastal stripe of particularly fertile lands famous for flower growing and sand dunes. It includes towns of Hillegom, Katwijk, Lisse, Noordwijk, Noordwijkerhout and Teylingen. Among these towns, the most famous ones are Lisse – described above – and Noordwijkerhout.

The best option is to go there by bike or rent a bike at spot. The routes close to Noordwijk and Noordwijkerhout are exceptionally beautiful with the coastal views, rural areas and – of course – long tulip fields.

Update from 1 May 2019: Most of the tulip fields have been topped (cut) by now. To see millions of tulips still in bloom, go to Keukenhof gardens (#2 above).

4. Tulpenroute – “Tulip Route” in Flevoland

Tulip sea in the Tulip Route in Flevoland
Tulip sea in the Tulip Route in Flevoland

Until about 50 years ago, Flevoland province was covered by the sea. By building the polders – typical Dutch low fields of land enclosed by dikes – these areas were reclaimed from the sea. Nowadays, there are huge quantities of flowers grown on these particularly fertile rural terrains.

Tulpenroute – the Tulip Route – lets you visit the countryside around the towns of Dronten, Lelystad and Zeewolde along excellent bike routes.

Tulip Route Info

The time to visit this year: 13 April – end of April 2019

Update from 1 May 2019: Most of the tulip fields have been topped (cut) by now. To see millions of tulips still in bloom, go to Keukenhof gardens (#2 above).

This year the theme of Tulpenroute Flevoland is the Dutch Golden Age – the period in the 17th century when the commerce and stock exchange of tulips contributed greatly to the wealth of the Netherlands.

More information here.

5. Tulip Festival in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with tulips in bloom for Amsterdam Tulip Festival
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with tulips in bloom for Amsterdam Tulip Festival

If you only visit Amsterdam and don’t have time or interest to go out of the city to see tulip fields, you can still admire the flower-symbol of the Netherlands in the capital. Throughout the month of April 2019, in multiple locations the Tulip Festival is held. The (very nice!) idea is to plant one tulip for each citizen of Amsterdam, making it 850,000 tulips in total. Hence, you will find tulip arrangements and little tulip gardens and displays in 85 places around the city.

All the information including locations, map, photos etc. is available here.

Read where to buy tulip bulbs – The Floating Flower Market in Amsterdam

Euroviajar’s Tip: Tulips & Windmills

The windmill in Keukenhof is one of the very few to be seen among the hyacinth and tulip fields
The windmill in Keukenhof is one of the very few to be seen among the hyacinth and tulip fields

You may see in the internet photos of tulip fields with several windmills – attention: they don’t exist! These are photoshopped photos of Zaanse Schans windmills combined with Keukenhof Gardens.

There are some windmills in less known places, surrounded by flower meadows. Two sure places where you can actually photograph a windmill with tulip fields are:

  • Keukenhof gardens – its windmill is a historical building that you can visit inside, too. There are tulips planted in the area in front of the entrance to the windmill in the gardens. The wide tulip fields like on the photo above are located outside the gardens, behind a canal and trees, so you can take such a photo when you finish your visit in the gardens and approach the fields from the outside.
  • Hoogeveense windmill (with cute small Lageveensemolen opposite to it) in Noordwijkerhout at Leidsevaart, 2211 VP Lisse.

Read about The 15 Best Places to See in The Netherlands

Tulip Mania

Rare tulip species were worth a fortune during the Tulip Mania
Rare tulip species were worth a fortune during the Tulip Mania

Tulips – originally the wild flowers from the Asian mountains – were first brought to Europe in 1554 from Istanbul – back then the capital of the Ottoman Empire. They were introduced in Vienna and from there brought to Amsterdam.

The beautiful exotic flower soon became the status symbol of the emerging class of rich Dutch merchants. Tulips became fashionable, desired and therefore increasingly expensive. Their preciousness is reflected on their frequent appearance on the paintings from that era.

Tulip Richness

In the period of the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, the price of a single bulb of a rare species (in particular the double-coloured striped ones) reached the amount ten times higher then the annual income of craftsmen. One of the oldest forms of the exchange market emerged around the tulip trade. By contracting a particularly precious tulip bulb, it was possible for people from different social classes to enrich from one day to another.

Tulip Mania is considered the first documented speculative bubble in history. A lot of fortunes were made, until one day in 1637 the bubble burst – and the market collapsed completely.

The curious history of Tulip Mania is very well depicted in the film entitled Tulip Fever (2017), exquisite visually, with the scenography resembling the classic Dutch paintings from this period.

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Full immersion in the tulip fields
Full immersion in the tulip fields

Do you have questions or suggestions about the tulip fields in the Netherlands? Don’t hesitate to write a comment!

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Małgorzata Kmita

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7 thoughts on “Tulip Fields in the Netherlands – When & Where (2019)

Your post is very helpful. We were planning to go to the Netherlands at the end of May, but now I see it’s too late to see the tulips in bloom, so you’ve “saved” us! :-) Thanks for that.

Thank you for the feedback Susan, I’m very glad we’ve saved you :D Actually, as I mentioned in the article, it happened to our friends – they visited the Netherlands just a dozen of days too late and they were very disappointed, so it’s good to plan the period well. Now it’s already a beautiful blooming spring in the Netherlands with perfect weather, so come as soon as you can!

Thank you, Dear!

We are considering coming in 7-9 days from today (30.4-1.5) to see Keukenhof and Flevoland (the tulip festival). Unfortunately I cannot seem to find the information /update regarding tulip situation. I have looked everywhere online..
Could you please assist? What do you think, is it too late?
Thank you so much.
Lin

Hi Lin, usually you can find detailed information only in Dutch, so I’m glad to help :) I’ve asked for the current tulip situation in Flevoland just now. The last days have been very hot, so the tulips grew a lot in a short time. Now they are in maximum bloom, so most of the tulip fields will be topped (the heads of tulips will be cut off) THIS WEEK. Unfortunately in 7-9 days it may be just a bit too late to see the fields.
The good news is that Keukenhof will surely be in full bloom in that period, because it’s a garden, not a field, so tulips are left there to bloom for much longer. Hundreds of very varied species of tulips in Keukenhof are planted in a planned way so that they bloom in different periods. Keukenhof this year is opened till 19 May and you are guaranteed that within the time of garden opening there are perfect blooming tulips to be seen. Last year I was there in mid May and the photos of Keukenhof in the article are mine so you can see for yourself they were in full bloom. Moreover, from Keukenhof gardens, in the area of the windmill, you can see some tulip fields outside the gardens – hopefully there will still be some flowers on the fields, too.

Plan to visit tomorrow. Are the Tulips Top Cut already ?

Plan to visit Tulip Gardens Tomorrow. Are the tulips top cut already?

Hi Malathi, good news: I’ve checked just now – the Tulip Gardens in Keukenhof still have splendid blooming tulips and you definitely can visit them tomorrow. That’s the last moment, the Gardens are open only until Sunday 19 May. Better buy a skip-the-line ticket in advance on-line – the Gardens are crowded on the last weekend before closing the season.

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