Travel Tales

Floral Eye-Candy in The Dutch Country


Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
― susan polis schutz

Photo of the author at the open fields surrounding The Tulip Barn

The Netherlands is famous for many things, but the first thing that comes to mind is the tulip fields. My husband and I have been traveling in and out of the Dutch country since 2017. During one such trip, I was fortunate to visit and enjoy the beauty of the very popular, Keukenhof (spring 2018). However, my husband was yet to see the glory of spring in this country.

We moved here in 2020 and it goes without saying that the nature lover in me was screaming with excitement at the prospect of exploring and walking around the many tulip fields.

However, as spring came nearer and with the Covid-19 restrictions still on, I had very little hope of the beautiful tulips being accessible, up close and personal.

Thankfully, there was a drop in the number of cases, and the restrictions became a little relaxed. A quick Google search told us that though Keukenhof was still shut but another smaller and similar attraction nearby to it, was allowing walk-ins.

And of course we pounced on the opportunity as we weren’t foolish enough to let go!

So on a sunny Saturday morning, we set off to The Tulip Barn.

Photo of the author’s husband at The Tulip Barn

Even before we reached it, we passed a number of floral fields and took a detour for venturing out and taking photos.

Photo of the author at a field in Hillegom, near The Tulip Barn

Fun fact: If you’re Bollywood lover, you’ve probably seen or at least heard of the movie Silsila. The very popular song Dekha ek Khwaab featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha was shot in the tulip fields of the Netherlands.

Photo of the author’s husband at a field in Hillegom, near The Tulip Barn

As you can see, the fields are a total eye candy for nature and lovers of flowers. A 5 minute drive from this pit stop took us to our final destination.

It has a designated parking area, where we parked the car and set off to the land of promises.

There is a small park where you have to pay for the ticket to go in. This area has many photo ops in the form of selfie points which is a major attraction for many visitors (including us)

Photo of the author at one of the many photo ops at The Tulip Barn
Photo of the author’s husband at one of the many photo ops at The Tulip Barn

We spent over an hour in the park, clicking away photos and creating memories for a lifetime.

The only off putting part was that we had to await our turn for the photo point to become available as there were many visitors. Not to mention, we had to be very cautious of maintaining a safe distance from the people around us.

Photo of the author and her husband at one of the many photo ops at The Tulip Barn
Photo of the author at one of the many photo ops at The Tulip Barn
Photo of the author’s husband in the open fields at The Tulip Barn
Photo of the author in the fields right outside The Tulip Barn

There are open fields surrounding this small park and outside it too. Though they’re cordoned off, they stretch for miles and the views are spectacular.

My Bollywood loving heart was constantly humming. Dekha ek Khwaab while (quite literally) hopping through the fields. The smiles in the photographs are proof of our heart’s content.

Photo of the author and her husband in the open fields at The Tulip Barn

If in the Netherlands, do not miss out on this opportunity to explore nature’s beauty at its peak during the spring time.

A collage of all the tulips and the many fields inside and around The Tulip Barn

Pro tip: Check the weather before picking and choosing a particular day and time. You wouldn’t be able to enjoy and appreciate the floral beauties if the weather is cold and damp, or worse, rainy.


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