In addition to visiting Keukenhof, going on a cycle tour through the surrounding bulb-growing fields, provides one of the best ways to experience and photograph Holland’s most iconic flowers. Our cycling adventure presented two challenges 1) cycling as a non-native Dutch person and wondering if everyone else was overtaking me with an electric bike 2) trying to balance my camera/multiple lenses without smashing them into smithereens against the handle bars.
During many requested photo stops we were able to walk up close to the fields and capture the colourful stripes of tulips that cover the land like a rainbow coloured blanket. Of course the best way to capture the beauty and geometric perfection of the fields is from above. Italian photographer Simone Sbaraglia, was lucky enough to take hundreds of images of the fields earlier this year saying that ‘the colourful lines create a sense of simplicity, beauty and harmony in the images’ and noting their resemblance to the abstract paintings of American artists Barnett Newman and Gene Davis. Simone’s photographs can be viewed on his Facebook page here.
Unlike Keukenhof, one advantage of cycling through the fields is the lack of tourists in the horizon or your photographs. The best time for cycling through the tulip fields is from the end of March to early May (weather dependent). If you are interested in cycling through the fields, you can rent a bike at Keukenhof for only 10 euros a day.