Holland is at its best in spring, when parts of the country are covered in a blanket of colourful flower fields and other parts are full of blossoming fruit trees. Each year I plan a day to hike a trail and photograph both. I only live 20 minutes from the flower fields, still I continue to be excited and in awe each year.
When to see the flower fields
The flowerfields are best to be viewed in the last two weeks of April. Mid April you’ll see mostly hyacinths and daffodils. From April 20th till around May 12th is the best time to view tulip fields. Naturally this is influenced by the weather conditions.
Where to see the flower fields
A good point to start your walking or cycling tour through the flower fields is Lisse, at the Keukenhof where you can get a trail map at the ticket office. The trails vary from 5 km – 25 km. But since those trails are also packed with tourists, and I already did that twice, I decided to start my tour in Noordwijkerhout this time, going in the direction of Lisse and De Zilk. Noordwijkerhout is a quaint little town with cute little restaurant centered around a white chapel. I recommend lunch at Hudson Bar & Kitchen. At the local tourist office you can get a map leading you to and through multiple fields. A perfect outdoor activity for a nice spring weekend!