Keukenhof: A Must-See
Keukenhof Gardens, the floral jewel of the Netherlands is now open for the season from 21 March to 12 May 2024. Visitors from across the globe travel to marvel at the breathtaking displays of flowers, but as a Dutch resident, you have this world-famous attraction right on your doorstep. Located in Lisse, just a short drive from Amsterdam and The Hague, Keukenhof spans over 32 hectares and showcases millions of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring blooms in a stunning array of colors and patterns. Keukenhof offers a feast for the senses and is the perfect way to reap the rewards of all the rainy days during winter.

Tips for Dutch Flower Bulbs
For your own garden or balcony, you can plant daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, and dahlias to enjoy during spring and summer in the Netherlands. It is good to make a note to plant daffodil and hyacinth bulbs in the fall, and tulip bulbs in October or November, in a sunny spot with well-drained soil the year before you wish to enjoy them.

If you don’t want to miss out on the spring gardening feeling of this season, you can still plant dahlias during the spring, after the last frost has passed, in a location with full sun and fertile soil.

Exploring Dutch Flower Fields
Discover the colorful tulip fields of the Bollenstreek region or the stunning displays of daffodils and hyacinths in Noordoostpolder and Flevoland. Consider visiting towns like Lisse, Hillegom, or Emmeloord, surrounded by beautiful bulb fields.

It is easy to reach these towns by train and from there you can bring your bike or rent one when you arrive. Most NS trains have bike compartments where you can travel with your bike. Don’t forget to purchase a train ticket for your bike at the station or online.

Once you arrive, you can hop on your bike and explore the surrounding countryside at your own pace. Follow designated cycling routes or wander along scenic roads, stopping to admire the vibrant blooms. Exploring the Dutch bulb fields by bike is a memorable and affordable way to experience the beauty of springtime in the Netherlands.

Cherry Blossoms in the Netherlands
In addition to tulips, the Netherlands boasts enchanting cherry blossoms in spring. One of the best places to see them is in Amstelveen’s Amsterdamse Bos, home to thousands of cherry trees. Another spot is The Hague’s Japanese Garden, offering a serene setting with cherry trees, ponds, and wooden bridges.

Cherry blossoms can also be found in parks and gardens across the country. Keep your camera handy as you explore the Netherlands in spring, and don’t miss the chance to marvel at these fleeting blooms.

Keeping Fresh Tulips Inside
For the chilly days of spring to come you can also bring spring into your home with fresh tulips. To get the most out of your cut tulips trim the stems at an angle, use cold water, remove submerged leaves, and change the water every few days. An additional tip is to only add a few inches of water to the vase. Tulips prefer shallow water, which helps them stay upright and prevents them from bending over.

Whether exploring Keukenhof, planting bulbs, or admiring the colorful landscapes, there are many ways to enjoy springtime the beauty of the Netherlands!