• Rachel Shoemaker

The Best Time to Visit Holland

Are Amsterdam and the Netherlands places you'd like to visit? Enchanting at any time of year, this region is particularly magical in the Spring. The Netherlands is famous for tulips, and in the Spring you can see over 7 million flower bulbs planted the year before burst into bloom in the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, only a short train ride from Amsterdam. Among these 7 million flowers are over 800 varieties of tulips! Truly a spectacular sight to behold. Wander through the 80 acres of flowers on nearly 10 miles of walking paths and you will see the very best of Dutch tulip heritage on display. Only open from mid-March through mid-May, it really pays to plan ahead for visiting Keukenhof! This is also a perfect time of year to explore the Bollenstreek (or "Bulb Region") by bike. Rent a bike and cycle amongst the flowers to really explore the area! The Bloemencorso in late April is a highlight of the blooming season when a massive Flower Parade will travel the 40km from Noordwidjk to Haarlem. The floats will be covered in thousands of flowers - hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and so much more - shaped into classic Dutch scenes and characters.

Tiptoe through the tulips in Holland

Spring is also a great time of year to visit for the many festivals, events, and holidays taking place. From the Tulip Festival to the Flower Parade, National Mill Day, Liberation Day, King's Day, Easter, Open Farm Days, Rememberance Day, Museum Week, the North Sea Regatta, and even an Asparagus Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the Dutch spring.

There are numerous ways to visit Holland at this time of year but I particularly like the river cruises that will allow you to explore Dutch and often Belgian waterways and sites. Another perennial favorite is a cycling tour where you can really take your time and enjoy the classic Dutch experience of biking through villages and along canals. It is always recommended to have your luggage sent along ahead to the next town where you will be staying so that you don't need to worry about carrying everything with you! And of course there is always the option to stay in Amsterdam or one of the smaller (and perhaps even more charming) cities like Delft and take a train out to the various sites you want to see. No matter how you choose to experience Holland in springtime, you are sure to have a wonderful time.

If you're ready to plan your springtime getaway to Amsterdam and the Netherlands, let's talk! The best part of the season is very brief and the best accommodation choices always go fast.

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