Things to do in the Netherlands in Spring

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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

Tulip fields in the Netherlands
Tulip fields in the Netherlands (Image CC0 Public Domain)

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

Bike riding through the Holland countryside
Bike riding through the Holland countryside (Image CC0 Public Domain)

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.

Spring Festivals

Festival grounds in The Hague, Netherlands
Festival grounds in The Hague, Netherlands (Image: CC0 Public Domain)

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.

Beach Weather

The beach in Zandvoort, Netherlands
The beach in Zandvoort, Netherlands (Image: CC0 Public Domain)

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.

Things to do in the Netherlands in Spring

16 thoughts on “Things to do in the Netherlands in Spring

  1. noel says:

    What a wonderful itinerary, I would love to do this for spring time and visit all these beautiful sites and gorgeous flowers to boot!

  2. Katie says:

    These are all the things I think of when the Netherlands come to mind. Biking past windmills and gazing at flowers – I will take it! I would love to visit the beer festivals in Hague!

  3. Meg Jerrard says:

    Great list – I would love to get to the Netherlands in Spring, especially to see the flowers in bloom. We traveled during winter on our last trip through and it was a bit gloomy and wet, so I would love to see the change in seasons. Would be amazing to have the chance to take a bike out when it’s not pouring with rain 😀

  4. Traveling Rockhopper says:

    Totally agree! I used to live in the Netherlands and cycling there is amazing, especially along the tulip fields or windmills. 🙂 Visiting islands and cheese markets are also wonderful experiences!
    Only, if it’s not raining 😀

  5. Jenna says:

    What a fun list of things to do! We are visiting the Netherlands this summer, but this makes me wish we were going in the spring to see the flowers–they look so pretty! Still super excited to go though–hopefully we can check out some of the beaches and do some biking!

  6. Kate says:

    Biking, flowers, enjoying beaches – this sounds like bliss! I’m going to Rotterdam soon and can’t wait to explore more of the Netherlands

  7. Jennifer Melroy says:

    I love the tulips. So much color and so many flowers. It’s like a sea of just flowers that I want to run through.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      I love the tulips too. Good thing we have an awesome tulip valley of our own right here near Seattle so I don’t have to travel so far to see them.

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