In April and May, Lisse is bursting with color. Tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils are in full bloom. Interestingly, the farmers in the region cultivate the flowers for bulb production. They don’t actually sell the flowers; they sell the bulbs under the ground. That’s why this area is called the Bulb region.
Thousands of people flock to Holland each year to experience the Keukenhof Gardens in Spring. The best thing to do is explore the gardens in the morning (as early as possible), and spend the afternoon biking around the surrounding area. And if you must choose between the two, we recommend opting for the bike ride.
Where to rent a bike in Lisse
Rent-A-Bike van Dam is a bike rental company located directly in from of the main entrance to Keukenhof Gardens. They charge a flat fee of 10 EUR. The staff is fast, helpful, and informs you about your route options.
What bike route to take
There are four route options.
- Route 1 (Yellow) is 5 km in length and takes you to some of the flower fields around Keukenhof.
- Route 2 (Orange) is 15 km in length and takes you around more flower fields in the vicinity.
- Route 3 (Red) is 25 km and takes you around flower fields, a Lake, the North Sea, and the Dunes.
- Route 4 (Purple) is 10 km and takes you to other flower fields.
We opted for Route 3 (Red) and loved it. Apart from the flowers, this route takes you to the Dunes, which is an entirely different landscape. We took several breaks, one of which was at Langevelderslag Beach, to enjoy the sea breeze. We also stopped for coffee at Como & Co, which is located on the lake.