Red tulip field in Flevoland
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Blooming Netherlands

A rich bouquet of Dutch stories

Everybody knows about our tulips

Why is that and what else is there?

Hortus Botanicus

The tulip is, without a doubt, an icon of Dutch heritage. This beautiful flower is part of our DNA. When you think of the Netherlands, you think of tulips (along with windmills and canals, of course). But why is that?

The tulip came to the Netherlands in the 16th century. The Flemish botanist Carolus Clusius played an important role in this. At the time, Clusius was head of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, now the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands and where the first tulips in the Netherlands were planted in 1593.

Coloured tulips in bloom with blue sky

Over the centuries, they have become synonymous with the Netherlands and loved and admired around the world. Tulips need cold nights and a cold winter, which is why they thrive in our country.

Want to know more about tulips and other flowers? We have put together an extensive digital book for you.

Cutting tulips

Experience the flowers in the Netherlands

Tulip mania

Bird view of tulip field in North Holland

In the 17th century, the Netherlands was gripped by tulip mania. Bulbs became extremely popular and increasingly expensive. The tulip became the object of speculative frenzy; at one point, a single tulip bulb was worth as much as an Amsterdam canal house.

What is the best time to see the tulip in all its glory? Opinions differ on this, but tulip fields are at their most strikingly beautiful from approximately mid-March to mid-May. Most crop farms where tulips are grown in the Netherlands are located in the Noordoostpolder in the province of Flevoland. Check the Flower Map for an up-to-date status regarding flowering.

6,400 acres of land for flower bulbs in the Netherlands

Sustainable floriculture

The "green" flower

Modern cultivation

Dutch floriculture is centuries old but that does not mean that we are not constantly working on new techniques or breeding solutions. Today’s rightful emphasis on the importance of issues such as sustainability, CO2 emissions and the preservation of nature, makes the modern cultivation of flowers in the Netherlands a priority.

And that entails much more than just a few solar panels on roofs or other heating techniques. Large universities in Wageningen and Utrecht are collaborating with innovative entrepreneurs to constantly improve cultivation, even at DNA level. We always look at what can and must be improved, with a view to a healthy planet. Similarly, De Keukenhof, our famous showpiece of flowers, is a great example of the innovations these experts are implementing to make cultivation more and more sustainable.

Man monitoring flowers in a greenhouse

Young employees cut flowers in a greenhouse

Mindful of the climate

For example, the Sustainable Bulb Cultivation Drenthe programme was launched in Drenthe. The aim is to make bulb cultivation as sustainable as possible, with the lowest possible impact on the environment. The government, growers and researchers work closely together in the programme, which addresses issues such as how to grow high-quality flower bulbs with as little impact as possible on the living environment and how to develop systems that make flower bulbs less susceptible to disease.

Man monitoring flowers in a greenhouse

But the Netherlands is also thinking at a consumer level. The Dutch Flower Calendar of Milieu Centraal enables any tourist or lover of flowers to take into account the type of flower when purchasing. This calendar provides an overview of climate impact per flower category. The government also gives tips on how you can enjoy your flowers longer, in order to prevent unnecessary consumption.

Young employees cut flowers in a greenhouse

The Bollenstreek

Flowers as far as the eye can see

The Netherlands in bloom

A visit to the Bollenstreek is the best way to enjoy Dutch floral splendour in all its technicolour glory. The Bollenstreek is a region in North and South Holland, officially located from the west of Leiden to an area near Haarlem. The conditions for cultivation are quite favourable in this region thanks to the sandy soil, which is quite close to the surface.

Corso Westland boat parade through canal in Delft

This becomes gloriously apparent when the flowers are in bloom. You can best describe the bulb region as a beautiful, colourful sea of flowers, row upon row of blooms as far as the eye can see. It is with good reason that the bulb region has become the centre of the worldwide flower bulb trade.

Aerial view of bulb fields in spring, located between the towns of Lisse and Sassenheim

Remarkable flower fields

More than just the Bollenstreek

Remarkable flower tips

Tulipfields in Flevoland

The bulb region is not the only place where you can find beautiful flower fields. There are places throughout the Netherlands that teem with beautiful crops, often surrounded by windmills and arable land. It is almost impossible to name them all, so we’ll stick to a few special tips.


In addition to the large cities of Almere and Lelystad, Flevoland is characterised by very active and modern agriculture, including the cultivation of beautiful flowers and plants. The east of this province has particularly stylish flower fields in the spring that are definitely worth a visit.

8,000 different types of tulips in the Netherlands


Zeeland is not really known for it, but this charismatic province also has lovely tulip fields. In particular, there are quite a few gems to be found in and around Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. The easiest way to see them is to travel to Terneuzen, the historic town with a view of the Westerschelde estuary. Rent a bicycle there and peddle along fields near picturesque villages such as Lamswaarde, Graauw and Absdale.

Yellow tulip field bird view Zeeland © Marit Gijsberts via Unsplash


The Vechtdal, a green and wooded area in Overijssel, offers magnificent views of meadows where thousands of flowers bloom in spring and summer. Visit the tulip fields in Dalfsen or go for a walk in Hardenberg.

Walkers enjoy Besthmenerberg with heathland and watchtower