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!
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...
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