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Holland’s spring must-sees
Holland is known as a destination for tulips and spring flowers, but there are many more must-see attractions you’ll want to take in if you visit this beautiful destination in the Netherlands. Here are a few…
Easter on the beach
Easter is a big spring event in the Netherlands with many tourist activities, including the popular Easter brunch on the beach. In fact, the true tourist season starts on Easter weekend, so clean up, inspection and leveling of Holland’s beaches start weeks before.
Beautiful (and delicious!) blossoms
Holland’s fruit and vegetable harvest also begin in spring. You can pick or purchase harvested apples, cherries, pears, and other produce. Walking trails take you through picturesque fields full of fresh scented flowers as well.
Spring marks the beginning of cycling season—with many Netherland regions offering excursions or guided routes for cyclists. Cycling routes often run through areas full of blossoming trees and fields of fruit where you can buy “all-you-can-pick” from local farmers and enjoy eating your bounty picnic-style. For cycling fanatics, the spring also marks the launch of bike races. For example, in Limburg, the Amstel Gold Race is held. Spectators line the sidelines to cheer on cyclists.
If you are a foodie, then make sure to hit the cheese markets in April. There are markets in Gouda, Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, and Woerden where cheese farmers and traders meet on the market square to negotiate prices and offer tastings. To see where and how Dutch Gouda cheese is made, add a visit to a cheese farm and a historical cheese warehouse to your itinerary.
Fruit and veggie stands
If you like browsing through farmer’s markets, you’ll love Holland in the spring. You’ll find many local markets with an abundance of asparagus, strawberries, and other home-grown goodness.
Keukenhof and the flower parade
When you think of Holland in the spring, your mind likely goes to the enchanting tulip, daffodil and hyacinth fields. To experience them, you’ll want to visit Keukenhof park in March, April or May. The park offers an idyllic setting for photoshoots. Also, stick around for the spring festival flower parade known as Bloemencorso, located in the area of Leiden, Lisse en Haarlem.
Flea markets on King’s Day
King’s Day falls on April 27 each year, celebrated with street parties (especially in Amsterdam). Be warned, the city gets very crowded, so make your plans early and arrive a few days before the festival. If you’d rather avoid the big crowds, you can also visit the surrounding cities of Utrecht or The Hague where every neighborhood has its own flea market, and you can play traditional Dutch games.
There’s plenty to do in Holland for sure. From biking to blooms, you’ll not only enjoy the best of the spring season, but you’ll also bring back many beautiful memories.