Spring flowers in Flevoland
The tulip is synonymous with the Netherlands and the bulb fields in spring attract millions of visitors with their technicolour displays. With more than 5,000 hectares of tulip fields, annual festivals and a host of flower-based activities to enjoy, Flevoland is one of the most spectacular regions to explore the country’s floral landscape and industry.
Flevoland is the youngest province of the Netherlands and the largest land reclamation project in the world, millions of colourful blooms are springing up on land which was once the sea floor of the Zuiderzee. On 1 January 1986, the new province of Flevoland, the largest land reclamation project in history, was added to the Netherlands. Where first there was only water, you will now find beautiful nature, culture and sights.
One of the best ways to explore the region’s remarkable scenery and flower fields is by cycling along one of the routes which form the Tulip Route Flevoland every spring. All along these beautiful routes through the countryside around Dronten, Lelystad and Zeewolde, you can discover vast vistas filled with blooming flowers, charming farms and traditional Dutch landscapes. The routes range from around 10 to 70km, and along the way you can take a break at a designated stop to take part in a range of activities – including painting workshops, farm tours where you will learn how tulips grow, and even crafting your own bouquet in a designated flower-picking garden. From April to early May you can visit the Noordoostpolder Tulip Festival, which offers the chance to admire more than 2,000 varieties of the iconic flower in special gardens and shows.
In 2022, Floriade will be held in Almere, Flevoland. Held every 10 years, this special event invites you to walk through inspiring gardens and tropical greenhouses, past architectural wonders and state of the art horticultural technology. The Floriade programme will also include art, theatre, music performances and culinary workshops.