When thinking of, or planning a tour to a country famous for its flowers, the first country I think of, is Holland (that is apart from the Sakura Cherry blossoms in Japan). The flower markets in Holland are famous all over the world and certainly, the most famous garden in the world, Keukenhof, is definitely worth a visit.
Starting with those impressive fields of tulips, you might then ask: “Where do I find the flower markets, and is it worth a visit?” Here are some places we think you would love:
As flowers are a huge part of the Dutch culture, so have flower markets been part of their culture for generations and centuries
In fact, the biggest flower market in the world is definitely in Holland. Royal Flora Holland is one of the largest digital/online flower auction companies in the world (if not the biggest), with headquarters in Aalsmeer, and locations in Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg, and Eelde.
However, if you want the experience of walking amongst beautiful flowers in a street in Holland, there are 3 places you might want to visit:
In Holland, Tulips are at their best during mid-April and tulip season runs from January till mid-May. Tulips are still available later in the year as well.
In 2022 Keukenhof Gardens will be open from 24 March to 15 May, including the Easter weekend, King’s Day (27 April), and Liberation Day (5 May).
Keukenhof– The most beautiful world-famous flower gardens. Although it is not a “Flower Market” we just had to give it honorary mention as one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands.
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People use ‘Holland’ when they refer to all of the Netherlands. Actually, there are two provinces namely Noord and Zuid Holland, which together form Holland. So this can be very confusing. The official name of the country is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Therefore referring to the Netherlands as Holland is totally correct and accepted worldwide.
The Dutch people refer to themselves as ‘Nederlanders‘ and Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. I think whenever you think of tulips the words “tulips from Amsterdam” come up automatically. Touring the Netherlands and experiencing the tulips in flower, is an exceptional experience. Something that definitely needs to be on your travel bucket list.
The safest, easiest, and I would almost say, the best way to explore the Netherlands and make sure you see all the tulips: is to book a multi-day holiday tour. Have a look at the fabulous Tours & Trips available in the Netherlands. (Travalgar link below)
Book with these easy-to-use links below, for great day tours of Keukenhof and Amsterdam (and remember Giethoorn is also nearby):