Best Place to see Tulips in The Netherlands (Not Keukenhof or Lisse)

Best Place to see Tulips in The Netherlands (Not Keukenhof or Lisse)

Best Place to see Tulips in The Netherlands (Not Keukenhof or Lisse)

Between mid-April to early May, The Netherlands bursts into the colors of the rainbow. Large fields with tulips in the Netherlands show the country from one of its best sides. Keukenhof, Lisse, and Amsterdam are the most popular places to see tulips in the Netherlands but what if we tell you there is a secret location? An island, filled with massive tulip fields, away from the crowds and free to visit! Here’s how to see tulips in the Netherlands for free!

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Tulip Season in The Netherlands

With over 11000 hectares, the tulips are a big export product of the Netherlands. Right before winter hits, between October and January, the bulbs are planted. The bulbs need that cold period to be able to bloom. 
⌲ Psttt, the exact field locations are at the end of this guide.

tulips netherlands flower

Around mid-April, large fields in all kinds of colors appear, which are a feast for the eye after a grey winter. In the first week of May, the flowers are cut and ready to be sold at the markets, florists, and supermarkets.

Of course, this all depends on the weather. For example, in 2018 the tulips were still there in the second week of May whereas by the end of April in 2019 everything was already cut.

Do not: walkthrough nor damage the tulips fields, this is the business of the farmer so please respect the crop.

tulips netherlands map goeree overflakkee

After cutting the tulips, it is not over. The energy that used to go to the tulip now goes into the bulb which makes it grow better. The tulip bulbs are the export product of the farmers.

Did you know: Most of the tulip bulbs are exported to America, Asia, and the Middle East.

About Tulips in The Netherlands

The best place to see tulips for free in the Netherlands is in the south-west part of the Netherlands. An island called ‘Goeree-Overflakkee’, where we both are born and raised owns one of the best Wind and Kite Surf beaches in The Netherlands and massive tulip fields.

Goeree-Overflakee and its tulip fields are a 35-minute drive from Rotterdam. Other than Keukenhof, Lisse or Amsterdam, these tulip fields are only known to locals who visit the tulips on the weekend or after their day at work. There are so many fields around that it won’t be hard to find tulip flowers without any visitors.

Fun fact: Tulips are originally brought to the Netherlands from Turkey.

➳ Read the Things To Do in Rotterdam Guide

tulips netherlands jump

The best time to see the tulip flower is usually the last two weeks of April. You can combine the tulip season with Kingsday, the birthday of the king on the 27th of April. Known as one of the best public holidays in The Netherlands.

P.S. Make sure to tag us on Instagram when you’re at our home. <3

best tulips netherlands fields

Best tulip field locations

Across the entire island Goeree-Overflakkee, are tulip fields in all colors and sizes. The largest fields are outside the villages in the central and east part of the island.
The exact location of the fields changes every year, but with dozens of tulip fields around they won’t be far! 

A yearly returning event is the Tulip Walking Tour called ‘Tulpenwandeltocht’. You can sign up and walk a route along all the tulip fields. 

Fun fact: Until today, it is not possible to grow black tulips. 

Tulip locations route

Find the majority of the tulip fields on our 2019 route map below or in this Google Maps map. Please remember that the tulips fields in the Netherlands are only in April and possibly May.

P.S. Make sure to tag us on Instagram when you’re at our home. <3

tulips netherlands goeree overflakkee route 2019

Taking photos at the Tulip fields

Now important to know is that farmers sell these flowers and need to make a living off that. Different from the tulips in Amsterdam, Keukenhof or Lisse a fence does not protect these tulip fields. It is your responsibility not to harm the tulip flowers.

tulips netherlands pink flowers

There is a hand full of wider paths in each field that can be used to stand for a photo. You can take so many beautiful images even if you are not walking in the tulip field. Sometimes it is all about perspective.

Please note: The tulip fields are private property and the farmer is allowed to ask you to leave his property.

How to visit the tulips in the Netherlands?

Getting to Goeree-Overflakee and its tulip fields is best by rented car. You have the full freedom to drive around to all the tulip fields and the enormous beach area on the west side of the island. Driving around the whole island can be done in a maximum of 60 minutes.

tulips netherlands beautiful field drone

Tulip fields 2019: A few of the picturesque tulip fields are located here, here and here.

Spend a night or entire weekend in the area. There are loads of B&B’s available on Goeree-Overflakkee. 
➳ Also read: Surf Beach of The Netherlands

The best options are:

  1. An easy 35-minute ride by rented car from Rotterdam. (Rent a car here)
  2. A 90-minute drive by rented car from Amsterdam.
  3. Take the 25-minute express train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam. Rent a car in Rotterdam and drive 35 minutes to the island.
tulips netherlands rent car

When is the tulip season?

A common misunderstanding of the tulips in the Netherlands is that they are there year-round. Tulips in the Netherlands are only there in tulip season during the last two weeks of April and the first week of May. Tulip season is spring in the Netherlands, which usually is a period of pleasant sunshine and a comfortable breeze.

tulips netherlands rainbow field

Good to know if that the tulips in Keukenhof are maintained. They will be there for a longer period but nothing like the stunning fields on the farm fields.

Staying near the Tulip fields

Wandering at the tulips during sunset is a must-do! Spend the night at one of the many guesthouses or B&Bs in the area so you have more time to do this and even see the beach.

Guesthouses near tulip fields

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  • Nathaniël van Stein

    Very nice article guys!

    Question.. how did you edit that little map? Special program or all yourself?


    One of the Best write up, to the point, Simple, Giving all information. Thankx.
    My wife dosnt Cycle, and I do not wish to drive, How do you see such beauty in your Isand?

  • Natalie Jack

    Hi guys!! I just arrived in The Hague! I feel like I may have missed the tulip fields of the farmers so planning to go up to Keukenhof instead. I did see your Instagram that you were somewhere yesterday with tulips. Are you able to give me directions there? Planning to go tomorrow ☺️ Thank you

    • saltinourhair

      Hey Natalie!

      The tulip route and/or google maps link includes all possible fields in this area. We can’t say for sure which fields are still there since they started cutting them down about a week ago.

  • Hey there !! This is what I was looking for ….For someone like me whose already been to Lisse and Keukenhof this looks really nice to explore and see more of Netherlands . Love the way you guys has described everything in details . We are coming on Kings Day and would like to visit this beautiful hometown of yours . We are more keen to explore it on bicycle …. Is that fine ?? Also we are planning to do this as a day trip from Rotterdam do you think a day wiil be enough to explore this area and tulip fields around on bicycle ? Thanks in advance !!

    • saltinourhair

      Goeree-Overflakkee is perfect to explore by bicycle!
      The only thing is, the weather will not be great this Kingsday and we’re not sure the tulips will still be there since some of them have already been cut.
      Unfortunately, the tulips were a bit early due to the warm weather of the last two weeks.

  • This article came about time! Loved the tips! Gonna enjoy this beautiful view tomorrow! Can’t wait! Thanks for this great article!

  • Hey Saltinourhair,

    Those are some really nice pictures! How did you manage to get in the fields for these pictures if it’s not allowed? And do you have any tips especially regarding the campaigns that are going on right now? We would really love to go and take some similar pictures/video material but now it seems a bit impossible..

    Thank you!

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Tessa,
      Please note that this isn’t Lisse or Keukenhof. This is on the island Goeree-Overflakkee and these tulips are from farmers. They expect you to be very careful. We spoke with one of the farmers, that’s why he said it was ok if we took some shots in the fields.

  • Hi! Amazing article! Do you happen to know any bicycle rental place in the area? Thanks!

  • Hey! Lovely blogpost, do you think cycling to see the tulips is also feasible instead of driving by car?

  • Based on your article we are planning 2 days in Goeree Overflaakke islans during our trip in the netherlands at end of april.
    the trip will be devoted to the research of landscapes with tullip flowers.
    We’ll be also at keukenhof and Lisse area but we are curious about “your” island.
    Any specific suggestion in addition to what writte in the article?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Paolo,
      So good to hear you’re planning to travel to Goeree-Overflakkee (I know, the name is extremely difficult haha)
      We don’t have any other suggestions for seeing the tulips since everything is in this article. But we do also have a great coastline with some really nice beach clubs.
      You can read all about that in this article:

      Hope you’ll have a great time!

  • Do you know if there will be tullip fields with windmills in the background?
    thank you

    • saltinourhair

      Windmills are close by but not at the spots where the tulips are. This is only near the touristy spots at Lisse/Keukenhof

  • Hi, This is an amazing article, many thanks for sharing. I have a couple of questions though. I live in Belgium and my sister will visit me just before Easter (17-21 April). We would really like to visit the tulip fields in the Netherlands, and your suggestion seems a lot more nicer than the usual touristic places. We will be visiting some friends in Rotterdam and we were wondering if there’s any way to visit the island and the tulip fields by public transport. Also you mentioned a Tulip Walk – is there a website or a place where we could find more info about this? One more question – my sister is a photographer and blogger, she would love to take some pictures of the tulip fields. Do we need to contact the owners in advance? Many thanks again :)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Adela,

      You can reach every town by public transport but the fields are all outside the town. This is the FB page to the Tulip Walk ( where you can ask questions and keep up with the information.

      You can just visit every tulip field without contacting the farm BUT it is not allowed to enter them.

      Enjoy your time!

  • Hey guys – amazing post! I’m thinking of visiting over Easter which is 19-22 April this year, is it too early to visit the Tulips?? Thanks!

  • This is amazing! Exactly the information I needed!
    Do the farmers mind? Do you need to ask permission or can you freely walk through the field when you arrive?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Natalie,

      Great! :-D
      The farmers don’t mind as long as you don’t walk through all the flower fields. You can step in for a meter or two and already have a beautiful photo!

  • Oh wow this is beyond incredible! Do you think the tulips would already be in full bloom around easter? (20./21. april)
    Thx for the stunning post & greetings from Switzerland

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Laura,

      It totally depends on the weather. But usually, fields will start to bloom by that time.

  • We had no idea that our home country contains such a beautiful place, definitely a must visit for us someday. Amazed by how good the maps look btw ? incredible! What program did you use to create it, and did you draw all the images urself? Keep up the great work ? Greetings from the Netherlands!

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Mike, great! Drop us a photo DM on Instagram when you do visit these fields. Hannah draws these maps herself. Enjoy upcoming spring!

  • OMG ! I was looking this kind of information . I can’t wait for go and see the tulips fields . Thank you very much guys , I love you ?

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