Tulip Season in Holland
The Bollenstreek (i.e. Bulb region) is a dreamland for any flower-hugging countryside lover. Every inch of this region is fit for a Holland Tourism advertisement: endless rows of tulips in bold reds, yellows, orange and pinks, and quaint little farmhouses. My mom and I preferred to pursue a more authentic Dutch countryside experience instead of joining the busloads of tourists at Keukenhof Gardens; we rented a tandem bicycle from one of the bicycle rental booths at the entrance of the Keukenhof gardens, and cycled aimlessly wherever we saw tulip fields.
Entry into the tulip farms are forbidden - most of the farms are encircled by metal fences and little canals to prevent trespassing. Fortunately, we met one of the farmers who politely granted us the permission to climb into his tulip field that was brimming with bright, bold red tulips.
Unknowingly, we ended up in an area with lots of dunes. Apparently, we had cycled to a nature reserve called "Waterleidingduinen", which is also home to Holland's largest population of deer. On the way there, we came across a random witch-house themed cafe right outside the nature reserve, 'Panneland'.
How to get to the Tulip Fields
Traveling to Keukenhof from Amsterdam Schipol AIrport
If you are traveling to Keukenhof from Amsterdam Schipol Airport, you can buy a Keukenhof garden entry and/ or return bus combi ticket at the'AKO Books and Travel' store at Schipol Airport. From memory, the combi ticket costs around €23.50.
If you decide to visit the tulip fields only (without Keukenhof Garden entry), then you can just purchase a bus ticket which will drop you off at the garden entrance. After which, you can rent a bike from several of the bike rental booths found outside the gardens.
You should book a bicycle in advance, especially during the peak season (Mid-April to Mid-May). I had to wait in queue for 30 minutes before another bicycle was available.
I rented my bike from Rent-a-bike Van Dam.
- €10 per day for a single bike, €20 for a tandem bike.
- Complementary Tulip field map with cycling routes
- Friendly staff to give you directions from the booth
It has always been a dream of mine to visit the tulip fields in Holland and I am glad that I finally got the chance to do it. Be sure to get the timing right though; the weather in Holland can be extremely unpredictable, and the tulips bloom at different times each year. I checked the Lisse/ Amsterdam/ Keukenhof weather forecast and Weekly Flower Update (Keukenhof) regularly to ensure that I visited at the right time!
Finally, note that the garden is only open during the Spring season - 24 March to 16 May.
Have fun! x