Millions of people visit the tulip fields in The Netherlands each spring to enjoy our blooming tulips. There are also many flower parades and markets in the Netherlands where you can enjoy our flowers.
In flower parades, cars and (in some cases) boats are magnificently decorated with flowers. Each flower parade has its character, charm, and yearly theme. Many towns and regions in The Netherlands hold flower parades every year.
The 2024 dates of the most popular flower parades in The Netherlands are listed below.
In addition, I have provided an overview of the best flower markets in the Netherlands and provided links to help you find out when these flower markets occur.
Last, I have described the two tulip museums in The Netherlands.
The Best Flower Parades in The Netherlands in 2024
Flower parades are always organized in areas in The Netherlands with extensive flower cultivation and always in a period when their flowers are blooming.
The best-known flower parade in the Netherlands is in the Bollenstreek, a 45-minute drive from Amsterdam. The Bollenstreek is known for the Keukenhof, a beautiful park with over 8 million blooming flowers.
If you plan a visit to the Keukenhof to enjoy the millions of blooming tulips, you can try to schedule your visit to also visit the Flower Parade of this tulip region on April 20, 2024 (see below).
That would be a win-win situation for you.
There are other tulip regions in The Netherlands, and you may want to visit those instead of the Bollenstreek.
In whichever area in The Netherlands you stay to enjoy our flowers, check out the overview of flower parades below and if you can visit their flower parade too.
Flower Parade In The Bollenstreek
The largest flower parade in The Netherlands is the flower parade in the flower-bulb region around the Keukenhof. In 2024, the Bollenstreek Flower Parade will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2024.
Dozens of cars decorated with colossal flower bouquets will ride from Noordwijk to Haarlem (42 km, 26 miles), accompanied by music and entertainment.
You can watch the cars’ construction in Noordwijk during the three days before the parade, enjoy the evening parade in Noordwijk on Friday, April 19, or admire the entire fleet in Haarlem on Sunday, April 21.
Tulip Festival Amsterdam
During April 2024, Amsterdam will organize its annual tulip festival to welcome spring to Amsterdam. Check out this link for more details about the Tulip Festival Amsterdam in 2024.
Westland Floating Flower Parade
A fleet of 40-50 flower-decorated ships will sail through Naaldwijk, Maassluis, and Delft on June 21-23, 2024. There will be lots of entertainment, festivities, and music in the places where the boats are passing.
Most boats are beautifully decorated with flowers, but some are party boats with music and dancers celebrating life. It is a great summer party; you should attend it if you can.
You can find more information about the Westland Floating Flower Parade in 2024 online.
Flower Parade Rijnsburg
The flower parade in Rijnsburg is one of the oldest flower parades in the country. The Flower Parade in Rijnsburg will occur every year on the second Saturday in August.
In 2024, the Flower Parade in Rijnsburg is scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2024.
Flower Parade St. Jansklooster
St. Jansklooster lies in the Flevopolder, one of the newer flower regions in The Netherlands.
The St. Jansklooster flower parade will occur in 2024 on Saturday, August 17, accompanied by festivities and musical entertainment.
Flower parade Zundert
The Flower Parade in Zundert in 2024 will occur on September 3, 2024. This flower parade prides itself on being the largest flower parade in the world.
Tip: Zundert is the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh, and you may combine a visit to the Flower parade with learning more about this world-famous Dutch painter
Flower Parade Lichtenvoorde
The Flower Parade in Lichtenvoorde traditionally occurs on the second Sunday in September.
In 2024, the flower parade will occur on Sunday, September 10, as part of a three-day flower festival.
The Best Flower Markets In The Netherlands
You will find flower markets in virtually every major city—the Dutch love their flowers.
Of course, tulips are the most popular spring flowers, but many other beautiful flowers are available from early spring throughout summer and autumn.
Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market
The most famous flower market in The Netherlands is Amsterdam’s floating flower market at the Singel.
These days, flower bulbs rather than flowers themselves are available on this flower market. Nevertheless, it is still a colorful spectacle to enjoy.
Flower market In Utrecht
Every Saturday, year-round, there is a well-known flower market in Utrecht on Janskerkhof in the city center. Buying bulbs to take home as a souvenir to remember your trip to Holland the following spring when they start blossoming is ideal.
Flower Market In Leeuwarden
The flower market in Leeuwarden is a longstanding yearly regional tradition on Ascension Day.
It is the longest flower market in The Netherlands and stretches throughout the city’s center.
Other Dutch Flower Markets
Check out this overview of all flower markets in the Netherlands. Virtually all cities organize weekly flower markets.
The Best Tulip Museums In Holland
Amsterdam Tulip Museum
The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is a small museum in Amsterdam about the history of tulips in the Netherlands.
Museum The Black Tulip in Lisse
Museum the Black Tulip is a small, friendly, and educational museum in Lisse, with exhibitions about the history and background of growing tulips in The Netherlands.
A visit to the Museum The Black Tulip is easy to combine with a visit to the Keukenhof or Bollenstreek.
However, the history of tulips is described only in Dutch, which makes this museum less interesting for foreign visitors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is The Netherlands known for its tulips?
Many people wonder why the Netherlands is famous for its tulips.
If you want to learn more about the history of Dutch tulips and why tulips do so well in the Dutch climate, you can check out another article on this website.