Dreaming of seeing the never-ending fields of tulips in the Netherlands, but not sure when is the best time to see them? Then this article is for you! I will provide you with the most important information you need to know before planning your trip to the Netherlands and how to get the most out of your time in this beautiful flower country.
In this article, you will find how and when you can enjoy the tulip fields, tips on other ways to enjoy tulips in the Netherlands and around Amsterdam, what benefits you get by hiring a local guide to show you around, and the latest COVID-19 measurements.
Tulip fields Netherlands
Most of the tulip farms in the Netherlands are in the Noordoostpolder in the province of Flevoland, where the large parts of the land are covered in flower fields. Other fields are located along the coast from The Hague up to Alkmaar in the northern parts of the country, and a great place to see the tulip fields can be found in the flower region of Bollenstreek. The town of Lisse where the famous gardens of Keukenhof are located is also famous for its tulip fields, so when visiting remember to hop on a bike and see around the area. Amsterdam is also a great place to experience the season of tulips and I will tell you more about it later in the article. Most of the farms are not open for visitors, but there is the Tulip Farm De Tulperij in Voorhout which you can visit during tulip season in Amsterdam. If you want to visit other farms, be sure to ask permission from the farmers first!
Wondering where else could you go see the tulips in the Netherlands? Then you should visit Keukenhof, the most famous flower park in the Netherlands, situated within half an hour from popular destinations such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Leiden. 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the garden every year and it has a wonderful collection of other flowers such as orchids, hyacinths, irises, roses and many more. The park has a different theme every year, so even if you visit it every year it will not be the same.
Amsterdam Tulip Festival
During the tulip season several traditional events are held and if you are staying in Amsterdam here are a few that you can experience:
- The most famous one is the Flower Parade Bollenstreek (also known as the Keukenhof Flower Parade and Bloemencorco Bollenstreek). The parade rides a 40km long route from Noordwijk to Haarlem in one day.
- If you are visiting Amsterdam in January, participate in National Tulip Day held every third Saturday in January, in which the tulip growers present their flowers in a temporary garden on Dam Square.
- Take part in the Tulp Festival Amsterdam in which tulips are displayed in more than 40 different locations in Amsterdam.
- Visit the floating flower market on Singel, Bloemenmarkt where you can buy tulip bulbs from the vendors.
Best season to see tulips
The Netherlands is very famous for its tulips and the tulip season is seen as the start of the spring. The climate and soil of the Netherlands make it the perfect country to grow tulips and during mid-March to mid-May, you can see the country turn into a gorgeous array of colours when the tulip fields start to grow. The best time to see tulip season in the Netherlands is in April when the tulips are in their full bloom. But to be sure that you will have the best experience you will need to pay attention to the weather conditions, which is why the tulip forecasts come in handy, you can find them on the internet for example here. The next question of course is where and how can you enjoy this season to its best? Read ahead and I will tell you!
No matter which season you are visiting, there are also several other flowers blooming during other seasons:
- Snowhites and Crocus from February to March
- Daffodils from March to April
- Hyacinths from the end of May to April
- Tulips from mid-March to mid-May
- Dahlias from mid-August to mid-October
Private Guides in the Netherlands
There are several ways to enjoy tulip season in the Netherlands and Amsterdam, but why wouldn’t you make it easy for yourself and have the best experience during this beautiful season? At GoWithGuide we can offer that to you! With our local private tour guides and their best tours around the Netherlands. They will take you to all of the top spots in the country and help you to learn about the real authentic Netherlands.
Get your own personalised tour to see the famous tulips
Our tour guides can offer you a personalised tour around the beautiful tulip fields and other popular destinations. With the private tour guides, you will be able to get unique information about the sights, explore off-the-beaten paths and immerse yourself with the local culture. If you are unsure what to do or what to see, our guides are happy to provide suggestions based on your interests and they are ready to take you to the sites you want to visit. Since the guides are locals, they are more passionate to offer you the best of the best their country can offer and give you once in a lifetime experiences! Our guides can also help you with cultural differences and language barriers.
An authentic and private experience
A private tour guide means that you do not have to share them with anyone else! Our tours are private which allows them to be more flexible and focused on you and your travel companions. You can also enjoy interacting one-on-one with your tour guide as they provide you with detailed and interesting information about each location you visit. You will also be able to ask questions when needed compared to other tour choices. With a private tour guide, you will be able to go with your own phase with no hurrying or strict schedules, making sure that you get the most out of your visit.
Save time and enjoy your vacation to the fullest
Booking a private tour guide allows you to enjoy your time at the destination without stress or hurry. Letting our guides plan and manage the details of the tour saves you valuable sightseeing time. Our guides know the fastest ways between places and when is the best time to visit attractions by avoiding the big crowds of other visitors. Do yourself a favour and book a private tour so you can focus on the sights. Whichever is your style, visiting popular attractions or escaping the hustle and visit more off-beaten paths of locals, we can arrange it - all you have to do is ask!
A flexible and better choice
As our tours are customisable and more flexible compared to other choices, you do not need to worry about inconveniences in case something needs to be changed at the last minute. Finally, you may save a lot of money compared to bus tours or group tours. Our pricing is often per-tour, not per person!
I hope this article got you interested in hiring a private tour guide for your next visit to the Netherlands. Below you can find more recommendations of the tours offered by our local guides.
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Information about COVID-19 measures in the Netherlands
The current European entry ban is affecting some people from travelling to the European Union or Schengen area. Click here for the latest information about entering the Netherlands. The whole nation is under the same recommendations and restrictions. The Netherlands is also under curfew, for more information click here. Some attractions may differ in being closed or open, so please check their websites for the current information before visiting them.
When arriving in the Netherlands:
- Whether you are travelling to the Netherlands by aircraft, train, ship or coach from a high-risk area, you must be tested for coronavirus. The test must be a NAAT test (PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT) and it must be negative before departure
- If you are travelling to the Netherlands from a high-risk country, you must take a rapid test shortly before departure, unless you can present a negative NAAT test result, based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding
- You do not need to show a NAAT (PCR) test result if you are coming from a country on the EU list of safe countries
- The samples must have been collected no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands
- If you are travelling by air you must fill in a health declaration and carry it with you
- Download the CoronaMelder app (COVID-19 tracking application)
- Self-quarantine for 10 days upon arriving in the Netherlands
- You can get tested again on day 5 after your arrival
- If the result is negative, you can end your self-quarantine
For more information click here.
Nationwide recommendations and restrictions:
- Stay 1.5 metres away from other people
- Wash your hands often and cough and sneeze into your elbow
- Don’t shake hands with others
- Visitation of other people is no more than 1 person aged 13 or over at your home per day and visiting other households is limited to 1 per day
- Only go outside alone, with members of your own household or with 1 other person who is not a member of your own household
- Travel by train, bus, metro or taxi only if your journey is essential
- There is a curfew from 10.00 PM to 4.30 AM, you only go out with a valid reason
- Everyone aged 13 or over are required to wear a face mask in the following situations:
- In public spaces (buildings and covered spaces)
- Airports, shops, town halls, petrol stations and car parks that are covered
- Schools (with some exceptions)
- Staff and customers in locations where contact-based professions are carried out
- Public transport, stations, platforms and stops
- In public spaces (buildings and covered spaces)
- If you do not wear a mask you will be fined 95€
- Face shields are only allowed if you are not able to wear a face mask, for example, for medical reasons
- Until at least 20 April 2021 many venues are closed:
- Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos, etc
- Zoos, amusement parks, etc
- Indoor sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, saunas and spas
- Restaurants, bars, and cafes
- Locations that are partially open:
- Shops selling essential items
- Hairdressers, masseurs and driving lessons, only sex work remains prohibited
- Hotels, but guests are not permitted to eat or order food in the hotel
- Restaurants can provide food as a takeaway or delivery service, but guests must eat it in their room
Other useful websites for COVID-19 information in the Netherlands: