Visiting the tulip fields in the Netherlands is one thing you can’t miss out on. It makes one of the most amazing photo opportunities in Holland. Springtime is the best time when you should visit the tulip fields. One of the best ways of exploring the tulip fields is with a bike tour. Nothing is more pleasant than a day of cycling between the fields, camera ready and the soft light of the spring sun that brings out the colors even more beautifully.

Tulips are some of the most colorful flowers so imagine what it looks like to be surrounded by whole fields of them! Would you also like to take a closer look at those bulb fields? Then read on where you do it best and set off this year!

Where can you see the tulip fields best?

Keukenhof is a must-visit for seeing tulips up close. But did you know, that the whole region around Lisse, Hillegom and Noordwijkerhout is a walhalla for those who love to see the best of the tulip fields.  The so-called Flower Bulb Region is situated just behind the dunes and is a dreamy place to explore. This is because it is the perfect type of ground for these bulbs to grow.

When to visit the tulips

Between mid-April and mid-May, it is the best time to see the tulips. This is peak season which makes that huge flocks of tourists are spending a few days in Lisse. This can make it quite hard to find good parking spaces or to enjoy driving at all. A better way is to explore the area with a bike tour. It allows you to see the fields at their best. From Lisse and Noordwijkerhout you can cycle through the tulip fields.

When to see which flowers?

Are the tulip fields in bloom already? It is one of the most frequently asked questions. Although flowering naturally depends on the weather, an annual pattern can be recognized. Below we have listed the growth periods during “average” weather conditions. You can follow the current flowering via our flowering expectations.

Each year the flowering starts around the beginning of March. Often these are not yet the flower fields but the crocuses and daffodils along the roads and in gardens. Keukenhof will open at the end of March and then the flower fields will start flowering.

The first bulb field that bloom is the Narcissus fields. The yellow color is therefore one of the main colors in the Bollenstreek at the end of March – mid-April. The Daffodil is becoming more and more popular and the yellow fields can be beautifully photographed.