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Flower fields in the Netherlands

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The flower fields in the Netherlands are world famous. The striking colours of the flowers tulips are a typical Dutch landmark in spring. The red, pink and yellow colours are breathtakingly beautiful and should be on everyone's 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 a wonderful area to stay. In this region tulip farmers grow their crops and every year during spring this produces a stunning sight. When the flowers bloom, you can enjoy the many long coloured 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 colours and delicious perfumes. Twenty huge floats and thirty decorated cars follow a 42 kilometre (26 miles) route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Holland and abroad are drawn to the colourful flower spectacle every year. It is held in the middle of April.

Where to stay 

If you are looking for a great place to stay and if you are not on a budget we recommend staying at the fancy 5 star and sustainable Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk. The hotel is nicely situated right on the beach. The beach itself is wide and sandy.

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It is a nice big elegant hotel with all facilities you can wish for. From the hotel you will be within 10 minutes surrounded by the flower fields.

Best time to visit

The flower fields start to colour from the end of March until May with the end of April being the best time. Click here for more climate details about Noordwijk.

This article was last updated on May 28, 2022.