Visiting the flower fields in the Netherlands has been on my bucket list since we moved to Europe. So when it came up as a girls trip idea with two friends I got pretty excited. After doing some research about the best time to visit for the tulip blooms we decided on mid-April. As the date got closer and closer and spring still hadn’t started properly yet, we started to get a bit worried about our timing! And so we ended up being two weeks too early to see the tulips! But we still had an incredible time seeing some of the other fields in Lisse, Keukenhof, Utrecht and Amsterdam on our three day trip.
A Pretty Little Spring Getaway in the Netherlands
Lisse Flower Fields + Keukenhof
On day one we landed in Amsterdam at around 12pm and headed straight for the flower fields. Because Lisse is in the opposite direction to Amsterdam and Utrecht it made sense to save time going straight from the airport rather than back and forth the next day. We stored our bags at the airport (there is also lockers at Keukenhof), and caught the dedicated Keukenhof bus to the fields. The bus line might be really long, but buses arrive every two or so minutes and the line moves very quickly!
Half an hour later we arrived at Keukenhof and picked up our hire bikes from Rent-A-Bike Van Dam, which are located in the Keukenhof car park. We decided to ride around the fields before going into Keukenhof as we arrived between the peak visiting times of 12pm – 3pm. So we thought it might be a bit quieter later in the day inside Keukenhof. The line for the bikes was a bit slow, but the staff are very helpful in explaining the cycling routes and answering any questions about the best fields to see on the day. If you want to study the maps before you arrive you can find them here. One tip – ask for the optional basket! We didn’t know about this until we dropped our bikes back off and it would have been handy to have for bags.
Even though we were too early for the tulips (perfect excuse to go back next year right?), we were still lucky enough to see the earlier blooming fields of pink and purple hyacinths and yellow daffodils. After a few hours of cycling around the fields we stopped at a cafe for a lazy lunch on the way back to Keukenhof.
Although we ended up being there on a quiet day, we had purchased the skip the line tickets, which I would recommend just incase it’s busy when you go! You can purchase tickets here. We were a bit too early for the tulips gardens in Keukenhof as well, but loved exploring the indoor tulip pavilion, which was all in full bloom!
Rather than staying in Amsterdam we decided to try somewhere a bit different. Utrecht is in the central Netherlands, has a medieval old town and is lined with cute canals. After picking our bags back up from the airport after visiting the flower fields, we caught the train to Utrecht and checked in to our Airbnb (which I can highly recommend). We spent the second day of our trip wandering the old town, cafe hopping, exploring all the cute shops and cruising the canals.
My Favourite Places to Eat
- Broei – Yummy vegetarian cafe, loved having breakfast here
- Keek – I heard this place is great for lunch, but didn’t get time to try it ourselves
- Teds All Day Brunch – we heard so much about this place, but didn’t get time to try it ourselves
- Madeleine – delicious French cuisine, perfect for dinner
- The Street Food Club – Really great for cocktails, but we made the mistake of staying for dinner – the food isn’t amazing
My Favourite Things to Do
- Wander the streets of the old town and browse all the pretty shops
- Seek out the cute pink Iks Melt Voor Jou ice-cream van and get a yummy ice-cream!
- If you are visiting in spring head for Valkstraat at Vogelenbuurt, which is a pretty little street lined with cherry blossom trees
- Cruise the canals in style with Grachtenvaarders – if there is one thing you do in Utrecht please make this it! We enjoyed every second of our private canal cruise with Grachtenvaarders. Cruising the canals with a glass of bubbles in hand, plenty of delicious snacks and our own private tour guide couldn’t have been more perfect!
On our third and final day we popped into Amsterdam before our afternoon flight. Amsterdam is only a 30 minute train from Utrecht. If you only have a few hours to spare like we did I would recommend The 9 Streets area, where you can find cute cafes – we tried REE7 and Pluk – and pretty canal views.
We managed to pack a lot into our three day girls trip to the Netherlands without it feeling too hectic! But if I was planning this trip again I would opt for late April or early May to avoid being too early for the tulip blooms!
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- Pink Tie Front Top – Gibson (sold out, similar here)
- Teddy Jacket – Gina Tricot
- Black Puffer Coat – Vince Camuto (similar here)
- Pink Swing Dress – Free People
- Coral Maxi Dress – Free People (sold out, similar here or here)
- Black Tights
- Overalls – Pull & Bear
- Star print skinny scarf – Treasure and Bond (sold out, similar here or here)
- White Sneakers – Puma
- Chelsea Boots – Sandler (old, similar here)
- Wellingtons / Gumboots – Hunter