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Coronavirus measures during the tulip season in 2021

Currently, it is spring in Holland. The tulips are starting to bloom and in a ‘normal’ year, many visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the tulips with Tulip Festival. Unfortunately, 2021 is another year with a lot of restrictions due to coronavirus (COVID-19). But one thing is for sure, the tulips are going to bloom and below we tell you more about how you can still enjoy them this tulip season.

Last update: 6 April at 20:00. A new update is expected on 14 April 2021.

How can you still enjoy the tulips?

The tulips bloom in Holland until the beginning of May. The landscape will be colourful again in 2021. There are limited opportunities to visit the tulip fields corona-proof.

Enjoy the tulips digitally

Many people cannot travel to Holland due to international travel restrictions and attractions and museums are forced to close their doors. That is why we are going to bring the positive spring message of the Tulip Festival to the world digitally.

Through our Facebook and Instagram we will give updates about the tulips’ flowering. So follow us and enjoy the beautiful spring flowers in Holland.

Sightseeing the tulip fields in Holland

For those in the Netherlands, there are some corona-proof activities to visit and admire the tulip fields. Of course, all applicable corona rules apply to these activities. Below you will find more information about the sightseeing possibilities.

Cycle routes and sightseeing tours

Cycle along the flowering tulip fields
Corona measures for sightseeing tours – Photo credit: Keukenhof

Even though there is a lockdown, the tulip fields bloom until early May. As these are farmers’ flower fields, the landscape is sure to be colourful. The area of the tulip fields (called Bollenstreek) is large and only half an hour drive from Amsterdam.

Cycle along the tulip fields

There is no more Dutch way than to visit the tulip fields by bike. There are several bicycle options available to admire the tulips. Below we indicate what you can expect per option.

Guided bike tour along the best tulip fields

guided bike tour
guided bike tour along the tulip fields

This guided bike tour allows you to discover the best tulip fields the Dutch way. Your local guide will show you the most beautiful tulip fields and monuments for the most beautiful pictures. You will even visit a real tulip farm during this fun bike ride. Due to the corona measures, only a limited number of participants are allowed to join the bicycle tour.

Tulip Bike Experience | 15 km | including rental bike + route + foodie bag

Tulip Bike Experience
Tulip Bike Experience

In order to give visitors the opportunity to see the tulip fields, the Keukenhof bicycle rental company and the new flower attraction Tulip Experience Amsterdam have joined forces to develop the Tulip Bike Experience. This unique bicycle tour can be booked from 1 April to 9 May 2021.

Tulip route | 15 km | audio tour | € 5,00 | own bike or rental bike

Tulip route 2021
Tulip route 2021

With the Tulip Tour cycle route + audio guide you will discover the beauty of the tulip fields in Holland. Along a 15 kilometer (10 miles) self-guided route you will hear the story of the Dutch tulips and the surroundings of Keukenhof at 14 locations.

For the € 5.00 you get access to the audio tour and the digital route booklet explaining the tulips. Do you also need a rental bike? Then look below.

Rent a bike and discover the fields by your own

There are several bicycle rental locations near the tulip fields. They rent out ‘normal’ city bikes but also electric bicycles, cargo bikes, tandems and scooters. That way, you can make your sightseeing tour even more fun.

Bike Rental Lisse is easy to reach by car and public transport. There is a wide range of bicycles from regular city bikes to electric bicycles and scooters.

Bicycles must be reserved in advance due to the corona measures. Reserve your bike here.

As Keukenhof is closed, the bicycles are rented from another location. This location is in Noordwijkerhout, a few kilometres from Keukenhof. You can park your car there for free. There is a wide range of bicycles available. Also electric bicycles and tandems.

Bicycles must be reserved in advance due to the corona measures. Reserve your bike here.

Start your cycle route at bike rental Noordwijk. At this location you can park for free and cycle straight into the flower fields.

Bicycles must be reserved in advance due to the corona measures. Reserve your bike here.

Sightseeing tours

Electric Twizy tour tulip fields
Electric Twizy tour tulip fields

If you want to experience the tulip fields in a unique way, book one of the sightseeing tours. All tours are corona proof and must be booked in advance. There is limited capacity so book in time.

Corona measures in Holland

The Dutch authorities have drawn up a number of general measures to control the coronavirus. When visiting the tulips in Holland, it is important to adhere to the following basic rules:

  • Do you have any complaints? Then stay at home and get tested
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres and avoid crowded areas
  • All activities have a limited capacity so that everyone can adhere to the 1.5-distance rule.
  • Online reservation at attractions and activities is required
  • Wash your hands often or use disinfectant
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow
  • Wear a mouth shield in all public indoor spaces and public transport

Keukenhof Gardens (Closed for now)

Corona measures at Keukenhof Gardens – Photo credit: Keukenhof

Keukenhof has permission from the Dutch government to participate in a trial in which the flower park is allowed to open for up to 5,000 visitors a day on 16, 17 and 18 April. Check out our page about the Keukenhof test days

Spring park Keukenhof will hopefully open its doors again in 2021. Till 9 May 2021, you can enjoy more than 7 million spring flowers. Keukenhof is a very spacious flower park which you can enjoy mainly outdoors. In order to make a visit to Keukenhof in 2021 as safe as possible, Keukenhof has taken the following measures:

  • Maximum number of visitors per day
  • To avoid busy moments, Keukenhof will work with time slots
  • It is mandatory to book your day and time slot in advance. You can do this here
  • The flower park is equipped for the 1.5 meter directive
  • There is sufficient and clear information for visitors
  • There are extra hygiene measures in the park.
  • There are no guided tours in Keukenhof
Keukenhof
Entrance ticketBook now »
Combiticket (bus+access ticket)Unavailable
Boat trip along the tulip fieldsUnavailable
Bike rentalBook now »

Flower attractions

Corona measures at flower attractions

In and around Lisse there are several nice flower attractions that are definitely worth a visit. These flower attractions are on a smaller scale than Keukenhof. These attractions have also taken measures to ensure a safe visit.

  • Maximum number of visitors per day and time slot
  • It is obligatory to make a reservation in advance.
  • The attractions are equipped for the 1.5 meter directive
  • There are extra hygiene measures at the attractions.
Flower attractions
Tulip Farm De TulperijCoffee to go from 1 April
Tulip Experience AmsterdamOpen with Tulip Bike Experience
Museum De Zwarte TulpClosed at least until 20 April
FloriWorld in AalsmeerClosed at least until 20April

Flower parade Amsterdam (Cancelled)

Flower Parade Holland
Corona measures for the Flower Parade Holland

The Flower Parade Amsterdam was planned for Saturday 17 April 2021. Unfortunately, the Flower Parade organisation has had to decide not to hold the large flower parade in 2021. This public event attracts a million visitors each year, and the Corona measures such as 1.5 metres distance cannot be complied with. Fortunately, some other tulip activities are expected to continue.

Hotels, restaurants and shops

Hotels, restaurants and shops are important for a nice day out or a wonderful holiday. Below we have briefly described the current situation per category.

MeasuresLockdown until 20 April
HotelsOpen, but facilities such as restaurants and swimming pools are closed.
RestaurantsClosed, but open for collection and delivery
ShopsEssential shops are open. Shopping at non-essential shops only possible by appointment

Please note: When making travel plans, take into account the national measures of the country in which you live. The situation surrounding the corona virus can change quickly.

Visit the official website of the Dutch government for an up-to-date overview of travel restrictions to the Netherlands.

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