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Experiencing Dahlia Fields in the Netherlands – a Summer Alternative to the Tulip Craze

About Renzy.nl and Our Tour

Usually, the windows are open but it had been a little rainy in the morning before our tour, so we had clear window covers to keep the rain and cold out. We were actually really lucky because it rained before our tour and rained again after we’d finished, but we had sunshine during our tour! So basically, you arrive and get briefed on how to use the Twizys (I left this to Dennis as he was my chauffeur), you pay a deposit and off you go. The GPS directs you where to drive and where to stop for a visit, while a recorded audio guide also periodically tells you things about the history of dahlia propagation in the Netherlands. You can’t drive over about 60km/h, although it feels fast since the Twizys are small, and you’re mostly on small country roads that don’t get a lot of traffic anyway. Here’s what we saw on our tour…

‘t Huys Dever

De Tulperij

Our next stop was a little further on, but we enjoyed scooting along the backcountry roads and learning about dahlias in the Netherlands from our audio guide. We arrived at De Tulperij, which is a tulip farm/garden/cafe which, as of this year, also shows dahlias during the summer. You enter through a sort of big warehouse, where you can see lots of tulip, dahlia and other flower bulbs available to purchase. Then you come into the very pretty cafe where you can stop for a coffee or hot chocolate and maybe a slice of apple pie! Then outside is the stunning garden with 600 different varieties of dahlias growing in a riot of colours.

I’ve never really been a big flower fan, I mean, I think they’re pretty and will happily have photos in flower fields, but I don’t really know that much about them. I was amazed by how many different varieties of dahlias there are, and how unique they all look! Instead of uploading all the photos I took, here’s a slideshow for you to look at to see some more of these amazing flowers.

De Tulperij is really interesting, founded in 1927 it’s still owned and run by the same family, now in the third generation. We met the lovely husband and wife team of Daan and Anja, as well as the cheeky family cat who hopped up on a cafe table and used the tablecloth as a scratching post! His name is Sproet, which is Dutch for freckle.

I Love Dahlia

Keukenhof Castle

Our last stop of the tour we actually somehow missed the turn-off for, so make sure to pay attention if you want to visit the gardens at Keukenhof Castle. Did you know that Keukenhof means kitchen courtyard or garden in Dutch, so the famous gardens actually started out as the kitchen garden of the Keukenhof castle? Most visitors to Keukenhof gardens don’t realise that there’s also a very lovely castle (with more gardens) across the road, which you can actually visit for free! Because we had missed this stop on the tour we just went back afterwards in our car. You can park for free and wander around the gardens of Keukenhof Castle for free as well. The interior of the castle is currently being renovated, but once that is completed you will also be able to tour the inside again.

The LAM art museum in the grounds of Keukenhof Castle

Know Before You Go

  • Remember, that the driver of the Twizy will need an EU or an international driver’s license in order to use it
  • You will need to pay a €150 deposit before you go which you receive back upon returning the Twizy
  • Arrive at the Renzy.nl headquarters at least 15 minutes before your tour so you have time to be shown how to use the Twizy
  • Bring a jacket, even on a warm day it gets breezy in there!
  • Pay close attention to the GPS directions so you don’t miss a stop as we did. You can also stop at places that it doesn’t say to in order to take photos, as long as you park somewhere safely
  • The Twizy is quite small, so those who are very tall, large or have mobility issues may not be able to manage climbing in and out multiple times. Dennis is 6′ tall and found he didn’t have quite enough leg-room, although the relatively short duration of the tour meant he wasn’t too uncomfortable. I think if maybe two parents were driving and two children or teens were sitting in the backseat, then this would also be a wonderful family outing!
  • There are other tours available if you’re more into beaches or castles and history than flowers
  • If you book a tour after reading this review, please mention it to the people at Renzy.nl so they know who made the recommendation!

All in all, we had a lot of fun seeing dahlia fields and gardens in our Twizy. There were hardly any other people at any of the stops, the people we spoke to at each garden were lovely, we learned a lot about the history of dahlias and really enjoyed seeing a part of the Netherlands neither of us had explored before. I would definitely recommend you book the dahlia fields tour if you like seeing pretty flowers, want to get a bit off the busy tourist trail and explore in an eco-friendly vehicle. Thanks, Renzy.nl for having us and providing such a fun outing!

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