Flower fields in the Netherlands
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The flower fields in The Netherlands are world famous. The striking colors of the flowers tulips are a typical Dutch landmark in spring. The red, pink and yellow colors are breathtakingly beautiful and should be on the bucket list.
The so called “Bollenstreek” is the area where you need to be if you want to see the world-famous Dutch flowers with your own eyes. The area around Lisse, Hillegom and Noordwijkerhout is a mecca for lovers of flower fields. This region is located just behind the dunes and it is wonderful to stay. In this region tulip farmers grow their crops and every year in the spring and summer this produces a stunning sight. When the flowers bloom, you can enjoy long colored fields. In this region you could also visit the beach. Stroll through the beautiful dunes or visit the charming towns like Noordwijk and Katwijk.
Another great region to discover the flower fields is Flevoland. Every year there is a signposted route from around mid-April to early May along some 1000 hectares of tulip fields. This Tulpenroute can be covered both by car and by bike, and according to National Geographic is one of the most beautiful car routes in the world.
The annual Flower Parade (Bloemencorso in Dutch) is a spectacle with beautiful colors and delicious perfumes. Twenty huge floats and thirty decorated cars follow a 42 kilometer route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Holland and abroad are drawn to the colorful flower spectacle every year. It is every year in the middle of April.
Where to stayIf you are looking for a great place to stay and if you are not on a budget we recommend staying at Hotel Oranje in Noordwijk. The hotel is nicely situated right on the beach. The beach itself is wide and sandy. You can book a room looking on the Wilhelmina Boulevard from which you can observe the flower parade.
It is a nice big comfortable hotel with all facilities you can whish for. On booking.com this hotel gets an average rating of 8.7.
Best time to visit
The flower fields start to color from the end of March until May with the end of April being the best time.