Yellow and pink tulips with a dutch windmill in the background
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Tulips Guide | Where to Find Them All Year

If you are heading to the Netherlands and want to see the famous and iconic Amsterdam tulips, then this is the guide for you. A visit to Amsterdam must include all the quintessential Dutch experiences which include eating cheese, seeing a windmill, biking, and admiring tulips! All of these Dutch activities, sights, and experiences are world-famous and amazing. But, the tulips in Amsterdam are definitely the most beautiful.

Whether you arrive in Amsterdam in the spring, summer, winter or fall there is always an opportunity to see some amazing tulips! However, the springtime in Amsterdam (March-May) is when the tulips are in full bloom all around the Netherlands and therefore, this is the very best time to see the Amsterdam tulips. But, there are other ways to see tulips in the offseason so there is hope for visitors in all seasons!

Below are eight ways to find and experience the tulips in Amsterdam. Some are seasonal and some year-round so make sure to take their open dates into consideration. Be prepared to be wowed and amazed by all the stunning tulips Amsterdam holds.

Where to Find Amsterdam Tulips

Keukenhof gardens

  • Seasonality: Only open in spring: March 21st – May 10th
  • Price: โ‚ฌ17,50
  • Location: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse
Green grass and tulips in unique shapes

About Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens are the largest tulip gardens in the world with over 7 million bulbs in bloom during the season. This is the most beautiful flower garden in the world and if it is not on your bucket list, it should be now. The gardens span an incredible 32 hectares and are full of unique garden displays, beautiful flower shows, and surprising flower gardens.

The tulip displays get better and better the more you explore and there is something new around every corner. You will be mesmerized by this heaven of flowers and fully understand why the Netherlands is the tulip capital of the world.

Heading to Keukenhof is a full day activity. Exploring the whole park can take hours and there is more to do inside than just look at the flowers. There are parks for children, cafes, ice cream shops, and restaurants. Be prepared to spend a full day here as the park is quite large and there is a ton to see and do.

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Blonde girl standing infront of orange and white tulips

How to get to Keukenhof Gardens

You can get to Keukenhof in a few ways, but the best ways are by public transport or by tour bus. The tour bus options range from tour buses that will bring you from Amsterdam to the gardens and allow you ~4 hours to explore, or there are fully guided tour options! Some great ideas and options for tours are below.


Tulip Fields of Amsterdam

  • Seasonality: Only open in spring: Late March to Early May
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Lisse
Rows of vivid red tulips

About the Tulip Fields

The tulip fields in the Netherlands are one of the most iconic things about this country and for good reason. Every spring billions of tulips bloom in every color imaginable and are presented in long rows that reach far into the horizon. The rows of tulips are absolutely breathtaking and nowhere else on earth will you find this sheer amount of tulips all in one area.

There are fields all over the Netherlands, however, some – like the Lisse tulip fields – are more famous than others. Nonetheless, the fields are stunning no matter where you go and will result in some jaw-dropping photos and memories.

My favorite fields are the ones in Lisse, Netherlands, mainly because there were so many different fields. As a result, the fields weren’t packed with people and you could enjoy the beautiful Tulips with some intimacy and capture some photos without a ton of people in them. More so, the colors of the tulips were out of this world and navigating the Lisse fields was relatively easy.

How to get to the Tulip Fields

Blond girl in white dress standing in a field of pink Amsterdam tulips

As mentioned, the best tulip fields that are located the closest to Amsterdam are the Lisse tulip fields. These are the most famous tulip fields due to the miles upon miles of fields to see in a multitude of colors. The best way to get to these fields is by public transport or tour bus.

For public transport, you can either take a train to Lisse and explore from there. Or take a bus to Keukenhof and move along from there.

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It is advised to rent a bike or bring your own for these fields. They do span over a large area and the best way to see them is via bike. Click here for a route that you can follow!

Moreover, there are also some tours that will bring you to and around the fields which are ideal if you want a guided tour that will help you see everything. Below are some options.


Floating Flower Market

  • Seasonality: Open year-round
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

About the Floating Flower Market

Tulips and other flowers in a shop

The floating flower market, also know as Bloemenmarkt, is a market that floats on the canals of Amsterdam that is completely dedicated to flowers. The main flower it focuses on is tulips! Here you can find various tulip and dutch centered souvenirs as well as a plethora of tulip bulbs.

There are tulip bulbs that are available in all colors – even black – that you can buy either in a can or individually. These are really cool and unique souvenirs to bring home that encompasses the Amsterdam tulips frenzy.

How to get to the floating flower market

The floating flower market is located in the heart of Amsterdam and is easily reachable by foot. If you are in the city you may even stumble across it. The address is: Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the floating flower market opens at 11 AM daily!

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National Tulip Day

  • Seasonality: Only on January 18th
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Dam Square, 1012 JS AMSTERDAM

About National Tulip Day

Dam Square in Amsterdam filled with tulips of all colours
Photo Credit to Dutch Review

Although the tulip season in Amsterdam is in full swing in the spring, the Dutch like to kick it off well before then in the middle of winter. In January each year, on national tulip day, all of Dam Square is filled with over 200,000 fresh tulips from Dutch growers.

The best part is that these gardens are not just for viewing. People line up for hours for the opportunity to pick some of the gorgeous tulips to bring home, free of charge!

How to get to National Tulip Day

The national tulip day gardens are presented in Dam Square. Luckily this is right in the center of the city and very easily accessible by foot or public transport.

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Amsterdam Tulip Festival

  • Seasonality: Month of April
  • Price: Free
  • Location: All around Amsterdam
Amsterdam tulips along the canals in Amsterdam with the city houses in the backgorund

About Amsterdam Tulip Festival

The Amsterdam Tulip Festival takes place for the whole month of April and it involves lighting up the whole city with colorful tulips! The goal of the festival is to have one tulip for every person who lives in Amsterdam, which equals to around 800,000 tulips scattered around the city.

Throughout April the whole city is vibrant and colorful with all the tulips. If you want to find these flowers around the city, head to some of the more popular city attractions such as the EYE Filmmuseum, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, Rembrandtplein, and other major city attractions. However, even without going to these sites you will spot the tulips all over the city.

How to get to Amsterdam Tulip Festival

The best way to see the flowers during this festival is on foot or by bike. Simply walking around the city will result in you finding some of the tulips. But if you want to get around the city in a more efficient manner, consider renting a bike to see all of the tulips the Dutch way.

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Museum de Zwarte Tulp

  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Price: โ‚ฌ7.50
  • Location: Heereweg 219, 2161 BG LISSE

About Museum De Zwarte Tulp

Painting of man in tulip fields from the museum
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De Zwarte Tulp is a tulip museum in Lisse that is dedicated to the extensive history of tulips in the Netherlands. Since the 16th-century tulips have been a huge part of Dutch culture and artists have sought to capture their beauty in art. As a result of all the art, a museum was created to showcase it. At this museum, you can find botanical and tulip illustrations, tulip bulb glasses and learn about the history of tulips in the Netherlands.

How to get to De Zwarte Tulp

This museum is located in Lisse and is accessible via public transport.


Dutch Flower Parade

  • Seasonality: April
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Check out this link for the full route

About Flower Powered Parade

Huge pink flower float going down the street in a parade. The float is of a man in a suit laying down
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The Dutch Flower Parade, also called The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, is an annual flower parade that goes for over 40 km through various cities in the Netherlands. Each spring this parade goes from Noordwijk all the way to Haarlem showcasing stunning floats made out of hundreds of tulips.

This huge celebration attracts hundreds of people each year. The amazing floats are also accompanied by live music making this a very fun and exciting event.

How to get to THE Dutch Flower Parade

This parade runs over a very large distance. However, it does pass by Keukenhof Gardens, so if you are wanting to have a tulip overload day, you can watch from there and then enter the gardens afterward.

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Worlds Largest Flower Auction

  • Seasonality: Open year-round
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Legmeerdijk 313, 1431 GB AALSMEER

About the Worlds Largest Flower Auction

Thousands of Amsterdam tulips in a warehouse getting ready to be auctioned
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Just a short distance from Amsterdam, in Aalsmeer, is the worlds largest flower auction called FloraHolland. This auction is an amazing sight to witness and to soak up the tulip mania. The auctions begin at 7:00 AM every morning and last between 2 to 3 hours. The auctions are so short because the flowers sell at lightning speed.

There is a special viewing gallery for guests in this auction site that is perfect for watching the magic unfold. This is also a great place to see millions of stunning and vibrant flowers!

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How to get to the World Largest Flower Auction

To get to FloraHolland hop a short 15-minute train ride from Schipol Airport.



Additional Information

When is Amsterdam Tulips Season

Amsterdam Tulip season is officially from April – May. This is the best time to see all the Amsterdam tulips in their best state.


Heading to Amsterdam to see the marvelous tulips is a must for any traveler. Whether you love flowers or not, you will surely be amazed and wowed by the stunning tulip displays Amsterdam presents.

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20 Comments

  • Delphine
    August 26, 2019

    The hopeless gardener in me is very envious of these beautiful tulips! the fields are the perfect setting for an Instagram photo frenzy and the city must be so beautiful during the festival in April! Lucky you went at that time!

    • Samantha Karen
      Delphine
      August 26, 2019

      It is the perfect photo spot! I live in Amsterdam so thankfully I’m there year-round ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicola Hilditch-Short
    August 26, 2019

    This is a great guide for any horticulturist! We would love to see Amsterdam tulips in full bloom, they are certainly very photogenic!

    • Samantha Karen
      Nicola Hilditch-Short
      August 30, 2019

      Yes, they are so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danik
    August 27, 2019

    I can’t believe I been to Netherlands so many times in my life (it is so close to my island and I have lots of friends there, so I keep going back) but I never seen the tulip fields in and out of the Dutch capital. It is on my list for sure…next time! The tulips look amazing and so colourful.

    • Samantha Karen
      Danik
      August 30, 2019

      You definitely need to go! The flowers in Amsterdam are magic ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy
    August 27, 2019

    What a spectacular sight to behold in full bloom, no wonder travelers come from all over the world to see the tulips! I love that you can also see them year round, as we are unable to get away during April/May, and while we would miss the height of color, we would still get a chance to see them.

    • Samantha Karen
      Amy
      August 30, 2019

      Exactly! Always a chance to see them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sally
    August 28, 2019

    Your photos are just gorgeous. Its such an amazing time to be in Amsterdam, in fact travel relating to blooms are getting really popular across the world. Spring is definitely a great time to travel, I really enjoy autumn as well.

    • Samantha Karen
      Sally
      August 30, 2019

      Thank you so much! Spring is the best if you are a huge flower fan ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tania Muthusamy
    August 28, 2019

    Oh wow, they are so beautiful. I have never heard of black tulips before. When I get to Amsterdam, I need to see the Keukenhof Gardens, they look lovely. How nice that there is even a National Tulip Day.

    • Samantha Karen
      Tania Muthusamy
      August 30, 2019

      Black tulips are super unique and pretty :)!

  • Ketki
    August 29, 2019

    Having been to Keukenhof and the Tulip gardens around, I can take a deep breath and say ‘Been there, done that’. I did not know there was a museum dedicated to the flowers as well as a day. Sounds so beautiful.

    • Samantha Karen
      Ketki
      August 30, 2019

      Yes Keukenhof is quite busy – but an experience like no other!

  • Sage Scott
    August 29, 2019

    Even before the 3 1/2 years I lived in the Netherlands, I loved tulips. Being able to bicycle past ribbons and ribbons of color in the spring as the tulip fields were in full bloom and being able to attend the Flower Parade three times are some of my happiest memories of the time I lived there.

    • Samantha Karen
      Sage Scott
      August 30, 2019

      My favorite thing is biking past the tulips!

  • Mirela | The Travel Bunny
    August 29, 2019

    I’ve read and seen photos of the Floating Flower Market. That’s where I’d like to go. The rest aren’t that different from what I’ve seen in other places in the world. And I don’t wish to support the flower parade because it’s wasteful on a very large scale.

    • Samantha Karen
      Mirela | The Travel Bunny
      August 30, 2019

      Yes the flower market is great!

  • Rashmi K
    October 14, 2019

    Wow, the pics are amazing. I am sure it is equally beautiful in real life too. The concept of national tulip day is quite interesting and unique.

    • Samantha Karen
      Rashmi K
      October 14, 2019

      Stunning in real life! Love the flower prominence in Amsterdam ๐Ÿ™‚

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