Many of the tulips that fill vases all over Europe originate in Holland, and the sight of fresh tulips in flower stalls is a sure sign that summer is on its way. Here are a few ways to visit the famous tulip fields in the Netherlands.
The famous Keukenhof Gardens, outside Amsterdam, are known the world over for their amazing spring tulip displays—with millions of varieties in every imaginable hue set in lovingly landscaped grounds. Tours depart Amsterdam regularly, with round-trip transportation allowing travelers to visit Keukenhof with ease.
The pretty town of Lisse lies to the southwest of Amsterdam, and is famous for its Keukenhof Gardens. Nearby attractions include the 17th-century Keukenhof Castle and grounds, and the centrally located Black Tulip Museum (Museum de Zwarte Tulp) shines a light on the region’s history and the development of tulip varieties. Away from the city streets, pedestrian and bike paths trace routes through the tulip fields. Choose a tour from Amsterdam that visits Keukenhof and allows for time to explore Lisse.
Visit the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Stroll among the beds of vibrant tulips, and combine your visit with other Amsterdam highlights such as the bustling Albert Cuyp Market—where shoppers browse for sweet treats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and, of course, colorful tulips.