Cycling in the dutch Bollenstreek should be on everyone’s wishlist. At least, this activity was still on mine even though I live in the Netherlands. In addition to being active outdoors, your bike brings you along the most beautiful colorful fields. All the hard work is really rewarded here. Cycling along the bulb fields is a feast for your eyes but also for your nose, especially when there is wind. The pleasant scents of daffodils and hyacinths continued to blow our way and kept us company. All of your senses are continually stimulated here and that’s what makes cycling along these fields so incredibly nice. And when the Netherlands are in bloom, the Netherlands are at its most beautiful!
Of course, you can also explore this particularly colored landscape by car. Two weeks ago I went to the bulb fields around the Keukenhof, where I made some beautiful pictures of both tulips and hyacinths fields. But if you cycle you will see a lot more and you can easily stop if you want to see something up close. It adds a little extra to this beautiful experience and this way you will enjoy even more the colors around you. We still had my parents bicycle carrier and a colleague from my friend who lives in Lisse wrote an itinerary for us. Now we had no excuses not to explore the bulb region by bike. So we a week later we load our bikes on the bicycle carrier and off we go to Lisse for a cycling tour along our breathtaking bulb fields.
The cycle tour starts at the former train station in Lisse. There is a TOP (touristic starting point) where you can park your car. It’s a junction where various cycling and walking routes come together. From here we cycle along the Leidschevaart. Along the water and across the Dutch polder we soon meet the first colors and scents of various flowers. Fields in all colors of the rainbow are waiting in front of us. At the moment, mainly hyacinths and daffodils do color the landscape here, with some tulip fields that are already in bloom. As we leave the road along the water and continue our way to De Zilk, we cycle past all kinds of nice details and decorations. For example, a couple of Dutch bikes decorated with tulips in buckets, daffodils and filled baskets with flowers in all colors. A colorful Dutch scene. It’s Easter weekend and along the cyclepath there is a beautiful floral artwork of chickens, with eggs in the grass. In addition, there are various floral artworks to admire along the road and in the village of De Zilk. If you are not happy yet after seeing all the bulb fields, these original decorations will undoubtedly put a smile on your face.
From here we cycle further towards Noorwijkerhout and continue to follow the flower fields. Our itinerary alterns polder roads, villages and also slightly less interesting parts where you can cycle through a bit faster. Fortunately, because otherwise you won’t stop getting off your bike to take pictures. From Noordwijkerhout we cycle towards the Keukenhof. Also on this part of the route we are surprised by an explosion of colors. In some fields we see busy workers and people like you and me picking tulips in special picking gardens. Nothing is more fun than composing your own bouquet and being able to take a fresh bouquet home. Along the road there are small stalls where tulips are sold for a few euro’s. It’s really typical Dutch. On our cycling route, both Dutch people and tourists are walking and cycling, and everyone seems to be charmed by this beautiful spectacle. You never get tired of this beautiful colorful scenery.
As we approach Keukenhof Castle, we suddenly bump into a huge tulip field. All my senses are sharpened again. Endless rows of tulips in all possible colors fill the landscape, with a beautiful farm in the back of the fields. It doesn’t matter how many tulip fields I’ve seen, I can’t stop being amazed by the happy colors of this flat polder landscape. This was a nice end to our cycling tour. A few minutes later and with 25 km on the counter we reach the touristic starting point where the cycling tour began.
Note: If you don’t have a bike, several places in the region of Lisse offer bike rental, such as Rent a Bike van Dam at the Keukenhof. There is no train station in Lisse. At the TOP, it’s just an old train station (no bike rental either at the TOP). To get to Lisse/Keukenhof you will find more information on this website.
Have you ever cycled through the Bulb region or is it still on your wishlist?