Flowers in Flevoland
With more than 5,000 hectares of tulip fields, annual festivals and a host of unique activities to enjoy, Flevoland is one of the most spectacular regions in the Netherlands’ to explore the country’s amazing flower production.
- Explore the beautiful landscapes of Flevoland, Holland’s biggest flower bulb area.
- Enjoy a range of incredible activities, special flower festivals and gardens.
- Walk, cycle, drive or fly through and above remarkable scenery and flower fields.
Explore the flowers of Flevoland
In Flevoland, Holland’s youngest province and the largest land reclamation project in the world, millions of colourful blooms are springing up on land which was once the sea floor of the Zuiderzee. Throughout the area you will discover abundant nature, while a cycle or walk through Flevoland’s beautiful landscapes and to its stunning attractions – including Holland’s biggest flower bulb area – will deliver unforgettable moments and memories.
Choose your perfect tulip route
One of the best ways to explore the region’s remarkable scenery and flower fields is by walking, cycling or driving along one of the routes which form the Tulip Route Flevoland every spring. All along these beautiful routes through the countryside around Dronten, Lelystad and Zeewolde, you will discover vast vistas filled with blooming flowers, charming farms and traditional Dutch landscapes. The routes range from around 10 to 70km, and along the way you can take a break at a designated stop to take part in a range of activities – including painting workshops, farm tours where you will learn how tulips grow, and even crafting your own bouquet in a flower-picking garden. From April to early May tens of thousands of people will also visit the Noordoostpolder Tulip Festival, which offers the chance to admire more than 2,000 varieties of the iconic flower in special gardens and shows, as well as a range of unique activities including carriage rides, pop-up eateries and children’s attractions.
View the bulb fields from above
Walking, cycling and driving around Flevoland’s fields of blooming flowers is certainly special, but there’s another way to truly appreciate the scale and magnificence of the region: from the air. For thrill-seekers, two companies are offering the chance to take to the skies in a helicopter. The Tulpenvliegroute departs and lands directly in a tulip field in Creil, while Helicentre’s flights depart from Lelystad Airport, taking a longer route around the Noordoostpolder region. For those seeking something a little more sedate, TulpenFly lets you soar over this area in style: on board a hot air balloon or as a passenger in a paraglider.
Find gardens and floral treats in Flevoland all year round
As well as its multitude of one-off events and festivals which help you explore Flevoland’s flower region, the area also hosts several activities that you can enjoy all-year round. One is the Orchideeën Hoeve, a tropical garden in the north-east of the province, which offers visitors the chance to explore exotic flora and fauna in an Amazonian rainforest, visit Europe's largest butterfly garden, feed monkeys and catfish, and even play with parrots. Another attraction is the Tulip Island, an island which takes the form of a tulip flower. It offers the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings of the Wolderwijd lake and charming Zeewolde.
Across Flevoland many gardens also open their doors to visitors throughout the year, including Kwekerij Joosten, the 4,000m2 English-inspired Goldhorn Gardens, and Hanneke's Pluktuin, a family garden where you can pick and create your very own bouquet.
Another hotly anticipated event due to cement Flevoland’s reputation as one of the Netherlands’ most impressive flower regions is the Floriade, which will be held in Almere in 2022. Held every 10 years, this special event invites you to walk through fairytale gardens and tropical greenhouses, past lovely ponds and architectural wonders. The Floriade programme also includes art, theatre, music performances and culinary workshops, so make a note in your diary.