Dahlias are one of the most captivating flowers, known for their vibrant colors and intricate petal patterns. If you’re a flower enthusiast or simply looking to explore the beauty of these blooms, you’re in for a treat. Here’s everything you need to know about dahlias, including the best places to see them, the ideal times for a visit, and how to experience them in all their glory.

What Are Dahlias?

Dahlias are tuberous plants native to Mexico, with over 42 species and numerous hybrids. They come in a rainbow of colors, from deep purples and reds to bright yellows and oranges. Their unique petal arrangements range from simple daisy-like forms to more complex, pom-pom shapes. Dahlias are popular for their long blooming season, lasting from mid-summer until the first frost.

Where to See Dahlias

1. Keukenhof Castle Dahlia Garden

Located in Lisse, the Keukenhof Castle Dahlia Garden is a must-visit. This garden features an array of dahlia varieties, showcasing the flower’s diverse beauty against the backdrop of a historic castle.

2. A Dahlia Bike Tour 

Starting from the picturesque Tulip Bicycle Tour base in Lisse, this tour takes you through scenic routes dotted with vibrant dahlia fields. You’ll visit historic windmills, charming churches, and the stunning Keukenhof Castle Dahlia Garden.

3. Local Flower Farms

Various flower farms across the Netherlands offer stunning dahlia displays. These farms often allow visitors to wander through their fields, providing a close-up view of these stunning flowers.


When to See Dahlias

The best time to see dahlias in full bloom is from mid-August to early October. During this period, the flowers are at their peak, showcasing their brightest colors and fullest blooms. Plan your visit within these months to ensure you experience the dahlias at their finest.

The best way to see the Dahlia’s

Dahlia Bike Tour

One of the most immersive ways to see dahlias is by joining the Dahlia Bike Tour offered by Tulip Bicycle Tour. This tour is available from August 15 to October 6, 2024, with departures every Thursday (August), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00 AM. The 2.5-hour tour includes:

  • Entrance to the Tulip Farm
  • Entrance to the Dahlia Garden at Keukenhof Castle
  • Bicycle with helmet
  • Rain poncho (if necessary)

The tour costs €39.50 per person, or €35.00 if you bring your own bicycle. Children aged 12 and older can participate, with child seats available for younger children upon request. You can buy tickets for the Dahlia Bike Tour by mailing to contact@tulipbicycletour.com. 

Walking Tours and Self-Guided Visits

If you prefer a more leisurely pace, many flower farms and gardens offer walking tours. These tours provide ample time to explore the fields, take photographs, and even purchase dahlia bulbs to take home.

Tips for Your Visit

  • Book in Advance: Dahlia tours and garden visits can be popular, especially during peak bloom times. Ensure you book your tickets in advance to secure your spot.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: Whether biking or walking, comfortable clothing and footwear will enhance your experience.
  • Bring a Camera: Dahlias are incredibly photogenic, so don’t forget your camera to capture the vibrant colors and intricate patterns.


Dahlias are a spectacular sight, and the Netherlands offers some of the best locations to view these flowers in all their glory. From the historic Keukenhof Castle Dahlia Garden to the immersive Dahlia Bike Tour, there are plenty of ways to enjoy these blooms. Plan your visit between mid-August and early October for the best experience, and get ready to be enchanted by the dazzling display of dahlias.

For more information or to book your Dahlia Bike Tour, visit Tulip Bicycle Tour or call +316 43403123. Don’t miss out on this magical floral adventure!