Last updated on March 11th, 2016
This article is part of Hipmunk’s Destination Unknown series.
Spring is the perfect time to visit the Netherlands. You’ve probably seen the iconic photos of the famous windmills and flower fields spread throughout the country, but those are only two of the many things you’ll find there. Although it’s certainly famous for its enthralling tulip fields, the country boasts beautiful beaches, world-class architecture, abundant bike paths, and many kinds of flavorful cheese.
In case you’re searching for the ideal vacation spot this spring, here are a few of the best things to do in the Netherlands in Spring.
The Flower Route
If you’re planning to see the flowers, Hoofddorp is a good place to base yourself. It’s not far from Amsterdam, but it’s smaller and easier to navigate when your aim is to see the flowers. To get there, fly directly into Schiphol, the main airport in Amsterdam, rent a car (you’ll need one to drive the Bloemen Route), and head about 15 minutes west to the town of Hoofddorp.
From there, it’s an easy drive to the northern-most point of the flower strip (bollenstreek). The drive begins around Haarlem and continues south through Lisse, where you’ll find Keukenhof Gardens, touted as the most beautiful spring garden in the world. The route ends in Naaldwijk, where you can watch the famous flower auctions.
Biking though Holland
If you’re an active traveler, a biking tour through Holland is an amazing experience. Not only will you get to see the beautiful countryside, the blooming flowers, and the charming windmills along the way, but your biking adventure can be combined with a boat tour so you can cover more ground. A typical tour through Holland will take you from Amsterdam through the modern, maritime city of Rotterdam, where you can stroll through the popular food market (Markthal Rotterdam) and check out the unique architecture of Central Station, Erasmus Bridge, and the Cube Houses.
The tour continues to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kinderwijk, where you’ll ride past more than a dozen windmills. You can then bike into the “Green Heart” of Holland and stop at a cheese farm to taste some Gouda.
Since The Hague is the capital city of The Netherlands and home to the Royal Family, it can easily be mistaken as stuffy, but that would be a complete misrepresentation. The Hague in spring is alive with culture and fun. The city hosts over 30 spring festivals, from food and drink events to major music concerts. If you’re a beer lover, don’t miss the Spring Beer Festival in April and the Dutch Beer Tasting Festival in May. If you’re into music, visit in April for the huge Life I Live open-air music festival.
The Hague is also a great place to spend some time on the beach. Even though the popular seaside resort of Scheveningen is open year round, it starts to really heat up in the spring when the weather improves and everyone heads back to the shores. It’s a fantastic spot for families and sunbathers. In the north, Zandvoort is a popular beach resort town to visit that also heats up in the spring.
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No matter what you choose to do in the Netherlands in Spring, you’ll surely fall in love with this beautiful country. Have you been to the Netherlands? Tell us about your spring time adventures in the comments.