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Flowers of Amsterdam

If you're lucky enough to visit Amsterdam in spring, don't miss a visit to the nearby flower growing region. See the flower strip or 'Bollenstreek' burst into vivid colour as bulbs shoot and millions of flowers blossom. Read our guide to the breathtaking fields of flowers, when to go and how to get there from Amsterdam!

Visit the Flower Strip in Holland

The Netherlands produces a staggering 70 per cent of the world’s commercial flower output. With Holland’s famous flower strip in full bloom, you’ll be surrounded on all sides by a rainbow of flowers: purple hyacinths, pink crocuses, countless varieties of tulips and bright yellow daffodils. Don’t miss one of the world’s most photogenic attractions, the Keukenhof flower gardens, which opens for just eight short weeks each year. Or find out how the Dutch flower trade engendered a unique economic system at the FloraHolland auction, housed in the world’s biggest trading building and open all year round. Put things into perspective with a trip to the Black Tulip Museum or the Historical Garden at Aalsmeer, and you’ll see that tulip mania never really ended here...

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Reasons to visit the Flower Strip:

  • Just an hour away from Amsterdam Central Station

  • The Netherlands’ most colourful cycle routes through where 70% of the world’s flowers are grown

  • Highlights: Keukenhof gardens, Lisse and the FloraHolland flower auction

Flowers of Amsterdam destinations

Keukenhof Gardens

With 7 million flower bulbs blooming over 32 hectares, there's nowhere quite like the Keukenhof Gardens.

The Flower Strip

Stretching for 20 miles across the Dutch landscape, the Flower Strip's incredible floral displays and vivid colours are simply magical.

FloraHolland Flower Auction

Aalsmeer flower tulip auction
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the flower trading centre and auction process, and admire thousands of carts bursting with flowers.

How to get there

Getting to the Flower Strip is a breeze. Find out how to reach the tulip fields by public transport or on an organised excursion.

Activities, excursions, hotels and more

One of the most spectacular sights in the Netherlands, find out what to do and where to stay, eat and drink at the Flower Strip here.

Flowers of Amsterdam: Get inspired!

Aalsmeer Historical Gardens

Praamplein 1
Stroll around the Aalsmeer Historical Gardens and find yourself on a colourful journey back through time – all the way back to 165...

Museum 'De Zwarte Tulp'

Heereweg 219
With the emphasis on tulips, the bulb cultivation and development of both the past and present, are vividly displayed in the museu...

Amsterdam 360

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Where next?

Castles & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating history of the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the ancient castles that were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Many of th...

Old Holland

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

New Land

Although famous for its historic city centre, the Amsterdam region is always evolving as new immigrants and diverse cultures make their mark on many n...