A day out in the tulip fields is the best way to enjoy your visit to the Netherlands in spring. When you have friends coming over, a company outing, family visiting, head towards the Keukenhof and you soon feel your smile growing by the sight of the multicoloured tulip fields….And don’t forget the scent of the hyacinth fields. It’s all one dreamlike package. Here are some tips to get the most out of your daytrip Amsterdam – Keukenhof.

In Holland you can spot many different tulip varieties in the area around Keukenhof
In Holland you can spot many different tulip varieties in the area around Keukenhof

So, what do I do when I visit the Keukenhof area? To be honest, I haven’t been in the Keukenhof Park yet, this year at least. I plan to go, but there’s so much to discover in the area around Europe’s biggest tulip garden.

Bike ride Leiden- Keukenhof

Last week I did my Leiden- Keukenhof cycle tour. From city centre Leiden we crossed the lake area Warmond and before we knew it we were in the midst of the flower fields.  My participants were two American families who were seeing each other again after a long time. They had a lot of catching up to do, so for them it was just perfect not having to organise anything and just following me, their guide.

Two families catch up while on a guided bike tour Leiden - Keukenhof
Two families catch up while on a guided bike tour Leiden – Keukenhof
On a day out in the tulip fields all your senses are tickled.
On a day out in the tulip fields all your senses are tickled.

Make Your OWN Flower mosaic

On Wednesday, I organised  an event, in which you could help make a flower mosaic out of hyacinths . Every year, out of hundreds of hyacinths teams of volunteers create beautiful works of art in three days. It takes a lot of time and energy, but it is quite addictive. Once you start you just can’t stop untill it’s done.


Group Game Keukenhof Area

In the weekend I welcomed English participants on the group activity through the area around Keukenhof. After a surprise tour at the Castle Teylingen, former residence of Jacqueline of Bavaria ( who you see walking around in Keukenhof Park), they had lunch in the bulb farm and cultivated their own tulip at the local museum on the history of the bulb culture.


lunch in a bulb farm Holland-veritasvisit

Beer & Tulip Festival

When tulips and beer are found together in one festival all clouds just seem to disappear. In April the Beers & Tulips Festival takes place in Noordwijkerhout. For me it was the first spring festival of the year and a good start. Food, beer tasting, music that made you boogie woogie and fantastic tulip arrangements near and on the lake.

beer tulip festival-veritasvisit


Beer tulip lake festival Netherlands veritasvisit


Power Flower Vloggers & Selfies

Then a group of bloggers and vloggers came to visit the Keukenhof area to discover its treasures by bike: castles, canals and tulip fields, the local museum and the tulip farm, where we got a guided tour and heard how tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are grown. Check out the great video they made.

picture Keukenhof castle Netherlands-veritasvisit


Guided tour tulip farm-Netherlands veritasvisit

An adventurous day out in the tulip fields

Hope you liked these tips for a day out in the tulip fields around Keukenhof. It can be a true adventure. Head for the bulb flower region and discover the surprising spots for yourself. Contact Verita’s Visit if you want to have more information about special, custom-made tours & events in the tulip fields or if you’re looking for a (bike) tour to cheese farms, greenhouses, windmills….

Bike tulip fields Netherlands-veritasvisit

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Make your heart b(l)oom and explore Holland by bike with Verita's Visit Holland.
Born on a bicycle and raised in Delft (NL) I love the Dutch countryside. With Verita's Visit Holland I organise bike tours & team events. I take you on and off the beaten track to meet tulip growers, cheese farmers and lords of castles. My specialisation: Keukenhof area, Cheese farm region and Delft countryside. Just send me an e-mail at veritasvisit(@)gmail.com to get more info.

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