Haarlem and the Flower Bulb Region
There are large bulb fields north and south of Haarlem, which draw hundreds of thousands of tourists every spring. Just a 15 minute bicycle ride will take you from the city centre of Haarlem to the colourful bulb fields where you will find yourself surrounded by millions of tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths.
The annual Flower Parade is the biggest flower-related event in the Bulb Region or ‘Bollenstreek’. The parade of dozens of floats traces a colourful ribbon from Noordwijk to Haarlem. The floats are made up with thousands of flowers to resemble the most beautiful creations. After arriving in Haarlem they are displayed on the Grote Markt for another day so visitors can view them up close.
The Keukenhof in Lisse is the world’s most famous flower bulb park. The flower-filled park is less than a 30 minute drive away from Haarlem. If you are up for a sportive challenge, rent a bike to ride the twenty kilometres to Keukenhof park through the loveliest flowering fields. Expect to spend at least an hour on your bike, although it is likely to take you longer because you will want to stop to take some photographs.