Springtime in the Netherlands is a picturesque experience. If you love to explore, the Netherlands offers an array of activities and sights perfect for visitors this time of year. The spring climate is one of the best there (if you're lucky, it can also be quite rainy) - warm days make it easy to explore by foot or bicycle, while cool evening temperatures offer an ideal opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy dining alfresco with friends and loved ones. With its classic windmills and charming canals, the Netherlands has something for everyone in spring. Here are our recommendations:
#1: Tulip Fields in Keukenhof
The tulip fields in Keukenhof, Netherlands are a sight to behold. Every spring, these magnificent rolling fields of color come alive and attract thousands of visitors. Even if you're not an avid gardener or flower enthusiast, the sheer beauty of these grandiose gardens will leave you breathless. Keukenhof is truly a unique experience, showcasing over seven million vibrant blossoms from tens-of-thousands of varieties of tulips.
As spring begins to make its annual appearance, Keukenhof offers its visitors incredible photo opportunities and unforgettable memories simply by taking a leisurely stroll through the wonderfully bright and fragrant fields. It's no wonder why spring is the best time to visit this breathtaking destination; with over one hundred days worth of celebrations to be enjoyed each season, it really is an enchanting oasis that can't be missed.
#2: Windmills Zaanse Schans
Visiting the Windmills at Zaanse Schans in the springtime is another truly unforgettable experience. The beautiful surrounding greenery as trees begin to blossom and bright flower beds create a vibrant color scape that stands in stark contrast to the classic Dutch architecture.
Make sure to take a tour of some of the working windmills, so you can admire their beauty and history up close and personal. The streets will be filled with boutiques, cafes, and museums, making everyday feel like you stepped back into the historical past. Every time you walk along the quaint path beside the Reeuwijk Canal, it is a reminder of how little Dam Square has changed over centuries.
#3: Castle De Haar (Kasteel de Haar) in Utrecht
Located in Utrecht, this fairytale castle is surrounded by blooming flowers, lush green grass, and chirping birds is something straight out of a fantasy. Every spring thousands of visitors flock to the castle grounds to experience its astounding beauty.
With features such as winding gardens, picturesque lakes, and striking architecture (dating back to the late nineteenth century), Castle De Haar isn't your typical castle visit. The best part of visiting the pristine grounds during springtime is that you can expect some pleasant surprises - like a chance encounter with baby sheep or horses that may be roaming around. Just hop along the pathways to explore different corners of the castle's vast property.
#4: Canal Tour Amsterdam
Exploring Amsterdam by canal tour is an amazing way to see the city. During the springtime, the canals are even more breathtaking as the flowers along them come into bloom and it feels like you're in your own little world.
The tour provides an up-close and intimate view of Amsterdam that you wouldn't get just walking around on foot, giving guests a chance to really take in the unique architecture of this beautiful city. With knowledgeable guides providing background information and anecdotes throughout your journey, these tours provide a fun and educational experience for all ages. Plus, with all of the amazing restaurants near the canals that offer dishes reflecting Amsterdam's rich international food scene, there's no better time of year than spring to take a canal tour and enjoy Amsterdam to its fullest.
#5: Celebrate King's Day
King's Day in the Netherlands is a fantastic way to kick off the start of spring. Celebrated on April 27th each year, this vibrant festival features lively street markets, pop up stages for music and performances and people dressed in orange from head to toe.
While it’s said to be a celebration of the King (King Willem-Alexander) himself, the atmosphere can be enjoyed by everyone, from young children to grandparents. Everyone gets out of their homes and heads into the streets for a day/night filled with fun activities - from various kinds of parties in Amsterdam’s parks, bars, terraces and waterfront; to canal cruises decorated with bright decorations across the city; right through to car boot sales and temporary mini amusement parks. It truly is an experience like no other.
#6: Zandvoort F1 Track
Zandvoort is a beach and a former fishing village in the Netherlands that is situated on the North Sea. Its idyllic location and sandy beaches make it a popular destination for holidaymakers.
But Zandvoort is also famous amongst racing enthusiasts for being home to the Netherlands Grand Prix, an annual Formula One race. The circuit was built in 1949, making it one of the oldest tracks that still host F1 races today. But what makes it particularly exciting for spectators is its notoriously challenging 4 km long track, with its dangerous fast corners providing some of the greatest F1 spectacles in history.
Closing Thoughts: The Netherlands in the Spring
The spring offers an incredible experience for holiday makers in the Netherlands. Take a stroll through the Keukenhof Gardens to witness a vast showcase of flowers in bloom, take a tour at world-class museums like the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House, or relax on one of the many beaches along the Dutch coastline. There's no shortage of activities to keep your agenda full — let us know what you plan to see!