Spring is a magical time in Amsterdam, which is when travellers from around the world plan their visits. The city emerges from its winter slumber, trees along the canals burst with greenery, tulips come into colourful bloom, and Amsterdam’s parks and terraces fill with people seeking out those first rays of sunshine.

No springtime visit to Amsterdam is complete without a trip to the world-famous flower growing region – the Bollenstreek. The iconic area produces around 70% of the world’s commercial flower output, and you’ll easily lose yourself in fields brimming with millions of blossoming flowers in every colour of the rainbow.

There’s plenty to see in the spectacular flower strip, even if you only have one day to visit. Hop on a boat or bicycle to explore the area at a leisurely pace or join one of the marked hiking routes for spectacular aerial views.Here’s our selection of the top ways to take it all in:

Wander through the world’s largest flower garden

In spring, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive with a spectacular show of blossoms – earning it the title of the most beautiful spring garden in the world. During this time, around 1-million visitors from around the world come to view the 7-million bulbs and various flower displays.

There are also special activities for kids, exhibitions, events, and performances to ensure the whole family finds something special to do during the flower season.

Enjoy a quiet boat ride through the canals

Keukenhof ‘s electrically-propelled Whisper Boats off visitors the chance to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the endless bulb fields in the Flower Strip. These boats travel through the beautiful Dutch flower bulb landscape in virtual silence during a 45-minute trip. Purchase your ticket on the day of travel at the mill in the park.

Cycle through the flowers

Renting a bike is the perfect way to explore the flower strip at your own pace. There are four marked routes to choose from, ranging from between 5km (3mi) to 25km (15.5mi) – all of which are well signposted, fairly flat, and very safe. For the real green-fingered fanatics, there is also a longer ‘Bulb Route’ of 35km (22mi). If you want to rent a bike when you get there, simply head to Rent-a-Bike van Dam at the main entrance of Keukenhof Gardens.

Take a hike on a sunny day

The Wandelnetwerk Bollenstreek is a network of marked hiking routes, which run throughout the flower strip region. A truly unique way to see the incredible blooms, to set off simply follow the signposts past green pastures and colourful bulb fields, and you’ll soon be savouring the jaw-dropping views from atop wooden stiles and navigating waterways on pulley-operated ferries. Free maps are available at the local Visitor Centres.

Experience the hustle and bustle of a live auction

At the FloraHolland flower auction, visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s largest flower sale. Experience the hustle and bustle of the trading floor, watch dealers bidding against the clock and be amazed as hundreds of thousands of beautiful flowers are sold to traders from all over the world.

Located just a stone’s throw from Schiphol Airport, get there early to explore the auction at its busiest. You can also take a guided tour with an expert – available in Dutch, English or German – or use the information panels to embark on a self-guided tour.

Pick your own tulips

Annemieke’s Picking Garden is a nursery specialising in cultivating tulips using organic horticultural techniques. With an impressive 300 varieties of flowers available, visitors can learn how the blooms are prepared for sale, wander through the tulip fields, and even pick their own bunch of flowers to take home.

Getting there

Various airlines offer flights from London to Amsterdam. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with afternoon flights from Luton offering the best prices on the route.

For a hassle-free trip to the Netherlands, remember to pre-book an airport transfer, taxi, or rental car through hoppa to get you to your accommodation. Hoppa is the world’s top specialist in smooth, reliable transportation, comparing 1,000s of transport providers from around the world to get you where you need to go. Whether at home or abroad, with choices of taxis, car hire, and airport transfers, we search and compare the best deals so you arrive happy.

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