Tulips and Tulip Fields are a must-see in the Netherlands. From tourist hot spots such as Keukenhof in Amsterdam to a much quieter Tulip Route in Noordoospolter. This blog post gives you tips and tricks on how to enjoy the Tulip Festival in Holland away from the hustle and bustle of tourists!
Hi everyone & welcome back to my blog! It has been a while since I’ve written a post. That’s because we have been busy travelling and exploring. For Easter, we headed to Ghent in Belgium and the Tulip fields in the Netherlands! As you can clearly see from the title, today I’m going to be talking about our experience in the Netherlands.
I’ve been wanting to go to the Tulip fields for a while now. When I asked around, the majority of the people told me to go to the Keukenhof Gardens. The grounds look stunning, there are lots of Tulips and there are lots of activities going on every day.
Many of the people I asked also told me that it can get very busy and that kind of threw me off. I wanted to experience something more quiet and traditional. A lovely person in this travel Facebook group I follow recommended a region called Noordoospolter. She said it is a quieter version of Keukenhof.
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Keukenhof was our backup in case we a) couldn’t find the place or b) didn’t’ like it. We drove from Ghent and stayed overnight in a sailboat in Kampen. The next morning, we drove for 90 minutes to Noordoospolter.
From what I could understand, Noordoospolter is a region. On our way driving there, we stopped by a place called Marknesse. We saw this sign and immediately decided to give it a try.
You literally park the car on the side of the road and walk-in. As soon as you walk in, you are led to a room where you pay €2 per person to go to fields. Then, they give you a bucket per person and you’re free to go to wander around their gorgeous fields and pick your favourite Tulips!
I took this picture explaining the different types of Tulips and thought share with you all. I found it very interesting!
Each tulip cost €0.20c, which is a very good price! When you go to pay, the person at the cash will count the flowers, wrap them up in paper and you’re good to go.
The entrance fee to Keukenhof is €17 per person. Here, with the entrance fee for both us, 46 tulips (yes I know that’s a lot of Tulips! I was like a kid in a candy store!) and a souvenir, the total was €14. So, if you’re trying to save some money, I suggest you give this place a try.
As soon as you walk out of that little store, you are immediately greeted with an explosion of colour!
It is a pretty big field and there were only 15-20 people so there were plenty of flowers for everyone! As you can see, some of the flowers were already picked but I still managed to leave with a full bucket.
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The colours on these flowers are absolutely stunning! My favourites were yellow, white and purple and white mixed ones. I think we spent a good 30-40 minutes walking around, picking flowers and taking pictures.
There are benches all over the field where you can sit down and relax, as well as a tower you can climb and you’ll get the entire view of the fields under you. Stunning!
This is my bucket when it was just half full. When the guy saw me come in with the bucket, his reaction was priceless! He told me ‘you couldn’t say no huh?’ Haha! It was so funny.
On the left side of the field, there were more flowers. These were arranged according to their colour and not mixed like this one.
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Check out this red tulip in the midst of the white and purple ones!
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As you can clearly see from the pictures, there were hardly any people around. This made the experience all the more enjoyable for us and made it so much easier to pose and take pictures. Like this one, for example, 😋 I had to do it for the Gram!
Taking your tulips home:
Like I mentioned earlier, the guy at the field wrapped our tulips in paper. He told us to soak them in water with the paper still wrapped around them for an hour as soon as we got home. We had a five-hour drive so we poured some water at the very bottom and wrapped a towel around it so they’d have water for the whole ride.
As soon as we got home, I cut 1/4 from the very bottom, peeled away the leaves and placed the tulips in a clean vase. When placing the tulips in a vase, make sure there’s some space between the stems. After that, I filled 1/4 of the vase with fresh cold water and added 1/2 teaspoon of bleach and a tablespoon of sugar!
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I took this photo today. That cute plastic tulip was the souvenir that I bought! They’re looking pretty good if you ask me. Some of them even bloomed more.
Make sure to change the water every day and add bleach and sugar as well. Also, keep them out of direct sunlight! And that’s pretty much it. I managed to salvage 43 tulips from the 46 which is pretty good.
And that pretty much sums up today’s post! I really hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. Don’t forget to follow me on my social media & pin the below image on Pinterest!