There’s no way to downplay how mesmerizing the Netherlands’ sprawling tulips fields and gardens are. During the spring season, it’s a colorful experience that can’t be beat! But, there are many reasons to visit this area in late March and early April. As the tulips begin to bloom, filling the cities and landscapes with vibrancy, there’s much to be experienced beyond these famous flowers. Read on to discover why you visiting here in the spring will make for the ultimate trip!
1. The Windmills
If there is anything that rivals the picturesque qualities of the tulips, it has to be the fantastic windmills. Towering over fruitful landscapes and blossoming flower fields, these traditional Dutch structures are not to be missed during spring! These windmills stand tall and sturdy for us to admire today, but were historically used to drain water from the land so fields could be used for farming.
2. The Architecture
Europe is filled with a myriad of architectural marvels, and the Netherlands is no different. From the buildings that line the city streets and waterways to the farm houses set in the countryside, there is no shortage of charming architecture to appreciate throughout the region. Mainly stemming from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, many structures and homes were built with brick, feature triangular rooftops, and showcase facades with extravagant windows and quirky designs. The country is also not shy to modern architecture—one great example being Rotterdam’s hanging cube houses!
3. The Culture
The Netherlands’ culture has a lovely blend of old and new—and in the spring it really pops! With people jumping at the chance to enjoy being outdoors after winter’s passing, the city awakens with locals bustling about, festivals beginning, and plenty of activities. You can observe the traditional side with small towns participating in old-fashioned activities like clog making and cheese production, and then immerse yourself in the country’s contemporary characteristics by browsing art museums, visiting popular city centers, and checking out modern architecture.
4. The Weather
Heading to this area of the world between mid-March and mid-April is great for soaking up some very nice and temperate weather. It can get chilly at night, but during the day, temperatures can start to hit the 50’s—ideal for avoiding getting too hot or too cold. Plus, with it being a very dry time of year, there is little to no rain, so you can enjoy plenty of sunshine!
5. The Charms of Amsterdam
Known for its scenic canals, gorgeous buildings, biking paths, and quaint cafes, springtime is the perfect time to take in all this city has to offer. You’ll be able to enjoy a mixture of leisurely outdoor activities, art, and delicious food—be sure to try a freshly baked Stroopwafel, sample deep-fried bitterballen at a local pub, or sip on some beer at the Heineken Brewery. Plus, with nicer weather on your side, you’ll be able to comfortably stroll around Dam Square and the delightful city streets. Round out your journey through Amsterdam by picking up something beautiful for yourself at one of the many flower markets.
The Netherlands’ tulips are certainly a sight for sore eyes, but everything else the country has to offer during the spring is for those who want a well-rounded experience that goes beyond just the flowers. This season is all about embracing the charming culture that emerges, taking advantage of the nice weather, and admiring the combination of traditional and modern architecture that has its own unique essence only found during this captivating time of year.
Make your way here in spring 2020 on our Tulips & Windmills Cruise: The Netherlands to Belgium.