The Netherlands is a country with an incredible array of natural beauty. While Tulips and Keukenhof are the most famous attractions, the country is also full of stunning Dahlia fields at the end of summer. But where are the best places to see Dalia’s in the Netherlands?
Dahlia’s come in all shapes and sizes, from huge to petite, from red to purple to yellow—the possibilities are endless! The diversity of dahlias means that they come in all kinds of colors and shapes. There are tall and short varieties, single and double blooms, and round and heart-shaped petals… you name it! They’re even available in several sizes: small ones perfect for bouquets and large ones for cut flowers or landscape beds.
If you’re looking for a unique souvenir from your trip to Holland, look no further than these gorgeous Dahlia fields.
Experiencing Dahlias in the Netherlands
If you’re looking for the most beautiful dahlia fields in the world, look no further than Holland. Here we list the favourite Dahlia fields of the Tulip Bicycle Tour guides:
We recommend checking out the gardens at Keukenhof Castle on your next trip to Holland. You’ll be able to see some of the best examples of this iconic flower in all its glory!
During the Holland Dahlia Event (in early September), there are several show gardens featuring the most beautiful Dahlias. Of course, the beautiful castle in the background of the show gardens is also worth a visit! Unfortunately, the castle is not open to the public.
Tulperij show- and picking garden
At Tulperij, you’re welcome to pick your own Dahlia bouquet. Daan and Anja (the owners) have a huge variety of petals and colors, so there’s bound to be something that suits you! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and it’s even better when you’re with someone who loves flowers as much as you do! After picking out the most beautiful Dahlia for your bouquet, you can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with a Dutch treat at the cosy flower greenhouse.
Dahlia Flower parade Sint Jansklooster and Giethoorn
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk down a flower-filled street in the middle of summer? Well, Sint Jansklooster is the place for you! This Dutch village is only 1.5 hours away from Amsterdam, and it’s home to an amazing flower parade every third Friday and Saturday of August. The streets are lined with all colors of dahlias, and during the festival, everyone can enjoy them from their homes or from a cafe on the street.
If you are planning an Amsterdam trip soon and aren’t afraid of a bit of driving in the Netherlands, don’t miss out on this one!
Keukenhof Castle and the Tulperij are also one of our stops during the bicycle tours in spring. A cycling tour through the Tulip fields is a great (and unforgettable) way to explore the Netherlands. Book your tour here.
Dahlia events in the Bollenstreek area
In addition to the various Dahlia fields, there are events you can attend. These events are something you don’t want to miss out on!
- August – Summer Flower Parade Katwijk & Noordwijk
- August – Open Garden Day in Rijnsburg
- August – Dahlia Mosaics Weekend (all around the Bollenstreek area)
- September – Open Monuments Day
- October – Keukenhof Flowerbulb Market
Fun facts about Dahlia’s
- Dahlias were originally classified as vegetables. This is because of their edible tubers. The Dahlia tubers are supposed to taste like a mix between potatoes and radishes.
- The meaning of Dahlia’s varies by color. However, when a wedding bouquet contains these flowers, it is a symbol of commitment and everlasting union.
- The Dahlia is native to Central America and is the national flower of Mexico.
When to see Dahlia’s in The Netherlands
Dahlia tubers are planted in late spring. The best time to see Dahlia’s in the Netherlands are in late August and early September. This is also when the weather is best. But remember to bring a raincoat in September for the occasional rain!