Tulips

Weekly flower update – Week 17

Comments (43)
  1. Guero says:

    Hi Nienke,
    I’ll be visiting Keukenhof on 5th of May 2015. Is it still a worth of visit? Will there still be tulips and all the beautiful color to look?
    Thank you

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Guero, the 5th of May is almost 2 weeks away. Please check the tulip update a bit closer. The blooming of the tulips changes with the weather and we can’t predict the weather for the next 2 weeks. The Keukenhof generally looks beautiful to the end of season. The tulips in the fields might be headed at that time. Kind regards, Nienke

    2. asad says:

      Hi, I just visited Kuekenhof on May 1 and it still looks gorgeous. Although most of floral fields have been harvested so do not expect to see 20 kms of land covered with tulips

      1. Nienke says:

        Thank you for the update Asad. Hope you have had a lovely time at Keukenhof!

  2. Andrew says:

    What do you think would be better for a visit to Keukenhof; this Friday or the following Friday? I’m concerned that if I leave it until next week the weather is going to be awful and the flowers won’t look as impressive.

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Andrew, I know that the Keukenhof and the fields look wonderful now. You can wait till next week but the time and weather can indeed influence the blooming.

  3. Cicilia says:

    Dear Nienke,
    I’ll be visiting Keukenhof at the 5th of May 2015.
    Where there’ll be tulips inside the garden and the flower field?
    Thank you for your kind reply

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Cicilia, the 5th of May is almost 2 weeks away. Please check the tulip update a bit closer. The blooming of the tulips changes with the weather and we can’t predict the weather for the next 2 weeks. The Keukenhof generally looks beautiful to the end of season. The tulips in the fields might be headed at that time. Kind regards, Nienke

  4. Mo says:

    Hi Nienke,
    I’m visiting Amsterdam next week (1st May)and putting up at Zandvoort.Want to cover tulip fields on bike and probably gardens separately next day.Is it worth spending one full day for fields, if they are headed by then?
    Thanks
    Mo

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Mo, Most people spend one dat at Keukenhof incl. a bike trip around the fields. Unless you like to bike a lot or when you are a absolute tulip lover one day will be enough. Keukenhof is open from 8 AM till 7.30 PM. When the fields are headed there is not really a use for biking along the fields. Or you like to bike and want to explore the dutch landscape 🙂 Have a great time! Nienke

  5. Dave says:

    hi, how will the garden and fields be mid next week? thanks dave

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Dave, the fields will be ok by mid next week. The Keukenhof will look wonderful too.

  6. Dilip says:

    Hi everyone, we were at Keukenhof yesterday and the garden was amazing. Most of the flowers (almost all of them) were in bloom in the gardens. It would be great time for flower lovers in the keukenhof. But i would like to point out one thing that the boat ride in the keukenhof was not at all worth (atleast if you don’t have plenty of time) as most of the fields were empty where the boat ride will take place. Though there were few fields in that area, many of them were already budded off.
    Instead, you can try cycling around the fields which are in bloom and they are easily reachable from keukenhof. And one more important thing for those people who are expecting to enter into the fields have some picture as shown in the google images and movies (as i expected), VISITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TULIP FIELDS and at most of the fields you will see private area sign boards.

    Finally, many thanks to tulipsinholland.com your tips,information blogs and weekly updates helped me a lot to plan our trip. Thank you very much and keep going. All the best and have a nice trip.

    1. Nienke says:

      Thank you Dilip for your lovely review and kind words! Much appreciated! 🙂

  7. Ram says:

    Hi Nienke,
    We are travelling from Bruges to our hotel near keukenhof on 5th May by CAR. Can you please let us know if there is any tulip route from The Hague to Keukenhof instead of taking the usual motorway. I am sure they may be headed by then but just wanted to try my luck.
    Thanks
    Ram

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Ram, Just take the A44 to sassenheim and take the N208 from sassenheim to Lisse. If there are any fields you will see them along the N208 between Sassenheim and Lisse.

      1. Ram says:

        Hi nienje,
        Thanks for the info. I have been looking at various websites about visiting keukenhif and your blog undoubtedly stands on the top list.
        Thanks

      2. Nienke says:

        Hi Ram! Thank you so much for your very kind words 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!

  8. Pamela says:

    Hello Nienke!

    Your blog is amazing and has been wonderful leading up to our Amsterdam trip! We are visiting now and were able to spend a few hours at keukenhof today, it is incredible! We want to go back tomorrow to rent bikes so we can see more of the actual fields. Two questions I was hoping you could help us with:

    1. If we were able to get bikes, how far are the fields we could see, and how can we know how to find them?

    2. I know the big flower parade is tomorrow! Do you think that will make it difficult to rent and or ride the bikes?

    Thank you so much for your help and your beautiful blog!!!!

    Sincerely, Pamela

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Pamela, please be early if you want to rent a bike. You will get a map while renting a bike and have a look at the map in this update (towards the end). I drove around yesterday and saw some beautiful fields along the N433 between Sassenheim and Noordwijkerhout. Especially around the Loosterweg crossing. But you will find beautiful fields along the way. Wishing you a wonderful day!

      1. Pamela says:

        Thanks so much!! You too!!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Nienke,

    I was planning a bike ride through the fields on the 1st May, but heard that the tulips may have already been headed, and used in the flower parade this weekend. Do you know if this is true and if it will be worth me going to the fields next weekend? Many thanks for your advice, Karen

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Karen, You are mixing two things. The parade was held last Saturday. We still have tulips in the field. But the tulips in the fields are headed just after peak blooming to strengthen the bulbs before they are taken out of the ground this summer so they can be exported around the world this summer/autumn. The heading of the tulips will start just after peak blooming and that depends on the weather and the decision of the farmers. If you are visiting Keukenhof first have a look at the platform of the Windmill to see if you can still see some fields in bloom. If you don’t see one than it is not advisable to rent a bike to bike around the fields. Have a wonderful time!

      1. Karen says:

        Thanks for the reply! I was at Keukenhof mid April, and unfortunatly not a lot of the fields were in bloom which is why I wanted to head out again specifically to ride alongside the fields! I may just chance it and see what is out there, it will be a good ride either way i guess! thanks again, Karen

  10. Dave says:

    hope the tulips are still there, planning to visit wednesday

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Dave, This Wednesday you will be fine for visiting the tulips. Have a wonderful time!

  11. Rohita says:

    I plan to go tomorrow the 28th April. Is the peak bloom over. R the fields still with tulips?

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Rohita, tomorrow will be fine for Keukenhof and the fields.

  12. Neeta says:

    Planning to visit this Saturday, 2nd May. Are the tulips still going to be there or headed? many thanks.

    1. Nienke says:

      Keukenhof will look wonderful and there is a chance that some tulip fields will be headed.

  13. John says:

    Hi Nienke, we will be at the Keukenhof park on May 8th, will there be many flowers in bloom there then?
    Thanks.

    1. Nienke says:

      The second week of May is already heading towards the end of spring. I expect less flowers in bloom than today and there is a chance that the tulips in the fields are headed. Keep an eye to next weeks update (On Tuesday in your mail, on wWdnesday on the blog)

  14. Fabio says:

    Hello,
    I’ll be in Amsterdam on thursday 30. I’d like to visit Keukenhof and the fields nearby.
    Is it better to see the fields before (30 april) not to find all the flowers headed, and then Keukenhof (1 may)? How long it takes to take a ride nearby the fields by car?
    How does it work car parking at Keukenhof? Do I risk not to find a place if I don’t buy the parking place in advance?
    Thanks!

    1. Nienke says:

      Normally people visit just one day to see the fields and Keukenhof together. A bike ride is more advisable than a car ride. The roads are narrow and it is easier to park your bike than a car. A couple of hours will be enough. There is a huge parking space at Keukenhof and you pay 6 euro for parking. Just follow the signs in Lisse.

  15. Yogendra says:

    Hi, we are planning to visit Keufenhof on 2nd or 3 rd May, probably 2nd if our flights land on time. Just read quite a few comments speaking about heading of tulips. Are we too late?

    1. Nienke says:

      The tulips at Keukenhof won’t be headed. It is the tulips in the fields that are going to be headed just after peak blooming. 🙂 So you are not to late for a visit to Keukenhof. In fact it looks wonderful now!

      1. Yogendra says:

        Thank you for the prompt reply. I really appreciate your blog! Do you know if we can walk through any fields around? Thanks!

      2. Nienke says:

        Hi, it is not allowed to walk into flower fields. The bulbs are grown for the export and walking into a field can damage these bulbs. You can see them very easily from the side and roads.

  16. RAM says:

    Hello Nienke,
    We will be at Keukenhof on 4th may 2015. The view on the flower fields from the windmill at Keukenhof, as posted by visitors so far, is not that interesting. Are there any flower fields at walking distance (1-2Km) from Keukenhof that would make my day? I shall be travelling with an infant, so renting a bike is not an option.

    Thanks in advance!
    -Ram

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Ram, This year the flower fields are located a bit further away from Keukenhof. (You can’t grow bulbs twice in a row at the same spot) But there is a red field across the main entrance of Keukenhof. When you arrive by bus you turn right when entering the Keukenhof grounds. On the left side you can spot a small tulip field.

  17. RAM says:

    Thanks again for the prompt reply! I follow your blog totally!

  18. Jo says:

    Hi Nienke,

    Do you think the tulips will still be in bloom by the 15th of May? If not, will there be other flowers in bloom to make a visit to Keukenhof worthwhile?

    Many thanks!

    1. Nienke says:

      Hi Jo, the 15th of may is the very end of springtime in the Netherlands. The Keukenhof garden generally looks lovely till the end of season however compared to peak blooming now there will be less tulips visible. I expect the tulips in the fields to be headed by than.