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Tulip Festival of the North East Polder

Tulip Festival of the North East Polder

Apr 19, 2019May 05, 2019
Flevoland

It’s tulip season, and that means magnificent flowers on show in the Netherlands. If you can’t get enough of the bright, mesmerising sight of tulips, then the Tulip Festival of the North East Polder is for you. This reclaimed land in Flevoland is utterly breath-taking.

Tulip Route of the North East Polder

This is ideal for a car trip, with a fully sign-posted route around the North East Polder. It can also be a great day out by bicycle or even on foot. The route is very well planned and allows you to stop at various locations that offer activities, such as open gardens. 

There is even a special tulip garden along the route that allows you to pick your own bouquet of tulips.

Flevoland and its tulip fields

Flevoland, to the east of North Holland and South Holland is renowned for its tulip fields

While bulb cultivation began much earlier in other parts of the Netherlands, such as the Bulb Region (Bollenstreek) near Leiden, which as been a bulb cultivating region since the 16th century, Flevoland is home to the largest tulip field area in the country.

The land is more than four meters below sea level and was only reclaimed from the Zuiderzee in the 20th century. In such a short time, it has quickly become one of the go-to places during tulip season.

Places to see

As well as endless amounts of tulip fields, there are also stunning villages and gardens to visit along the route:

Schokland

The former island Schokland is worth a stop-over. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Urk

The old fishing village of Urk is also picturesque and lovely.

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Must-see open gardens

Some stunning gardens are open to the public during the Tulip Festival, open from 10am until 5pm.

  • Lipkje Schat Gardens: Polenweg 9, 8314 PL Bant
  • De Pegasushof Gardens: Klutenweg 5, 8314 PB Bant
  • De Goldhoorn Gardens: Klutenweg 13, 8314 PB Bant
  • De Stekkentuin Gardens: Noordermiddenweg 13, 8311 PZ Espel

Want to see more spectacular flowers?

The Flower Parade of the Bulb Region (Bloemencorso Bollenstreek) takes place from April 10 to April 14 and is the most famous of its kind in the world. If you’re looking for even more flower glory, you can take in both in a short space of time.

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