Hillegom Travel Guide

  • Hillegom
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Yellow of
    Yellow of "Narcisses" reaching to the...
    by Pavlik_NL
  • The Flowerfields-area between Leiden and Haarlem
    The Flowerfields-area between Leiden and...
    by Pavlik_NL

Hillegom Things to Do

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Purple, pink, blue, white, red and yellow.

    by Pavlik_NL Written May 8, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Through the seasons blossom for example:
    Crocusses (white, yellow, purple)
    Narcissus (yellow, white, orange)
    Hyacinths (purple, blue, pink, white)
    and of course most famous
    Tulips (red, orange, yellow, white and many other colours)

    Was this review helpful?

Hillegom Transportation

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Biking in the sweet smell of hyacinths

    by Pavlik_NL Written May 8, 2003

    Only on the bike you will enjoy the flowerfilds maximal. The speed offers you a nice range to explore and the being outdoors will give you the opportunity to become one with nature. In March, April and May various flowers blossom and thus various smells will be there during your bikingtour. The hyacinth is definately the most sweet and explicit smell.

    Was this review helpful?

Hillegom Local Customs

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Enjoying a bikeride along the colourful fields

    by Pavlik_NL Updated May 8, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Most of the flowers are destroyed. "WHAT!!!" I hear some say and I also find it a pitty. But it's not so much about the flowers as it is for the bulbs that the fields are there. A part is sold at the farmhouses in the flowerfield-district. Against low prices, that can be imagined. After visiting the flowerfields we retrurned home with many bouquets of early tulips and some hyacinths.
    Another use of the flowers is in the enormous flowerparade that is held in April (changing dates, so check the internet). This parade ends in Haarlem, where the dressed up wagons can be admired for an extra day.

    Was this review helpful?

Hillegom Off The Beaten Path

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    The Flowerfields-area between Leiden and Haarlem

    by Pavlik_NL Updated May 15, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Here's a little treat to those who dare to make a long bikingtour through the flowerbulbarea. Do it in April and May and you will be asured of colourful fields and lovely smells surrounding you on the tour.
    For those who come from Amsterdam, take the train to Haarlem and switch to a stoptrain in the direction of Leiden. Get out in Hillegom and rent a bike (this might be better done in Amsterdam already as there it will be cheaper, though the rental shops are almost always open). Taking bikes on the train is quite normal in The Netherlands, just order an extra biketicket.
    In Hillegom you start your round and can choose between the "Bollenstreek-route" from the ANWB) or the "Floriade 2002-route"
    Also possible is just to start biking to Lisse and Noordwijkerhout, to return through the dunes and keep directions of De Zilk. Reckno with around 50 to 60 kilometres and you will have a spectacular day.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Hillegom

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

74 travelers online now

Comments

Hillegom Travel Guide
Map of Hillegom

View all Hillegom hotels