Red tulip field, an overview
Netherlands,  Road Trips

Tulip Route Holland: the Best Goeree-Overflakkee Tulip Fields

It’s tulip season in the Netherlands! We drove the tulip route Holland on Easter Sunday. Not as famous as the Flower Route, which is also in the province of Zuid-Holland. Due to it being less popular, there’s less people to share these famous tulip fields with. This tulip route is on Goeree-Overflakkee, an island in the South of the Netherlands.

Tulip Route Holland

Yellow and red tulip field, as seen from close up
Yellow and red tulip field

We followed an old route from the ANWB, which they don’t update anymore, you can find it here in Dutch. There’s a map provided on that link. The following towns and cities are included:

  • Stellendam
  • Dirksland
  • Sommelsdijk
  • Middelharnis
  • Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet
  • Den Bommel
  • Ooltgensplaat
  • Oude-Tonge
  • Nieuwe-Tonge
  • Herkingen
  • Melissant
  • Ouddorp
  • Goedereede

Length: +/- 118 kilometers/73 miles

Duration: 3 to 5 hours.

Town by Town Itinerary

This tulip route Netherlands is a one-day road trip. Lots of tulip fields and cute little towns with harbors. This route doesn’t give the exact tulip fields in Netherlands location, since that differs each year. But you can’t miss them, since they’re so colorful.

Stellendam

A small town that has a seal care center and a bird observation. The white painted windmill Korenlust can be seen from afar.

Dirksland

Yellow and Purple tulip fields, as seen from afar
Yellow and Purple tulip fields

This town is surrounded by tulip fields in Spring time.

Sommelsdijk

Windmill at Sommelsdijk, as seen from the car through the front window. At the back of the street, with a row of houses on the left with cars parked in front
Windmill at Sommelsdijk

The town has the Streekmuseum Goeree-Overflakkee where you can learn all about the history of the island. It’s situated in a row of 17th century step gabled houses. The most beautiful street on the island.

Middelharnis

Adjacent to Sommelsdijk, the two places look to be one town, but have just grown overtime. Middelharnis is the largest town on Goeree-Overflakkee.

Haringvliet, boat and sailing ships on the water. The other island seen on the other side
Haringvliet
Harbor of Middelharnis, the quite part, with just a few ships
Harbor of Middelharnis

The town has a harbor on the Haringvliet, which has a small beach and walking paths with nice views on the water.

Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet

A small town with a cute, old harbor on the Haringvliet. Perfect if you love to recreate on the water. There’s also a beach.   

Den Bommel

So many beautiful tulips, as seen from below, up close from several tulips, yellow/red colored
So many beautiful tulips
Windmill at Den Bommel, as seen from the car through the front window, in the back
Windmill at Den Bommel
The small harbor at Den Bommel, yacht ships (small ones) laying in the harbor
The small harbor at Den Bommel
Light yellow tulip field, looking over the field. Behind it the farm and a forest
Light yellow tulip field
Yellow and white tulips with a few purple and red ones in between the field
Yellow and white tulips with a few purple and red ones in between the field

This small town has a cute little harbor and of course a windmill (like every town on Goeree-Overflakkee).

Ooltgensplaat

Ooltgensplaat is a beautiful town with a fort. Fort Prins Frederik is being renovated completely. Just outside of the town you’ll find tulip fields.

Oude-Tonge

Harbor at Oude-Tonge
Harbor at Oude-Tonge

A town with a cute old harbor on the Volkerak. This town had the most deaths during the watersnoodramp in 1953 (10% of its population), there’s a cemetery that leaves an impression of this disaster.

Nieuwe-Tonge

There’s a small zoo in this town: Faunapark Flakkee, which you pass on the route.

Around Nieuwe-Tonge and Oude-Tonge are lots of tulip fields.

Herkingen

The windmill at Herkingen, a white painted one, as seen from the car, the side window
The windmill at Herkingen
White tulip field, with me in front of a row of tulips
White tulip field

A small town with a harbor and a marina on the Grevelingen lake.   

Melissant

Red tulip field, as seen from the other side of the ditch
Red tulip field
Red tulips, about 12 or 13 seen from up close
Red tulips

The factory of Hertog ijs used to be here, a famous ice cream label in the Netherlands.

Grevelingen lake with island specific for birds
Grevelingen lake with island specific for birds
View towards Goedereede, some ponds in grass lands, perfect for birds
View towards Goedereede
Grevelingen lake and the island Goeree-Overflakkee, a panorama
Grevelingen lake and the island Goeree-Overflakkee

Ouddorp

A beach town on the Grevelingen lake and the North Sea. There’s plenty of things to do and see here. Playing on the beach, swimming and water sports can be practiced here. There’s 18 kilometers/11 miles of beaches. Take a boat tour on the Grevelingen lake.

Lighthouse Westhoofd at Ouddorp, as seen from afar, a red lighthouse
Lighthouse Westhoofd at Ouddorp

There’s the lighthouse Westhoofd, a beautiful red lighthouse which dominates the sky. Further there’s a goat farm, De Mèkkerstee, with a store, cheese farm, ice cream parlor and playground. Visit the RTM museum, a railway museum. Then there’s also a Bunkerroute to hike, which takes you along bunkers from the Second World War.

Goedereede

The tower at Goedereede, as seen from afar, over the pastures
The tower at Goedereede

This historical city is small, however it gained city rights in 1312. You can climb the tower of Goedereede, it also has a museum inside on the city’s history and the tower. It’s a landmark of the city, dominating the skyline. There’s a small harbor in the city.

Where to Eat

We drove this route on Easter Sunday a few weeks ago.

Cafetaria t-Hoad, the terrace with the restaurant
Cafetaria t-Hoad
Sundae's and drinks, as seen from above
Sundae’s and drinks

We had something to drink and a sundae ice cream at Cafetaria t-Hoad in Middelharnis. The terrace has a view on the beach and on the Haringvliet.

Hotel-restaurant "Lely", as seen from further away, a terrace on the square
Hotel-restaurant “Lely”

We had something to drink on the terrace of Hotel-Restaurant “Lely” in Oude-Tonge.

Where to Stay

We stayed at Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Zalm in the middle of Brielle, a fortified city. We can also recommend Carlton Oasis Hotel in Spijkernisse, just like Brielle on the island of Voorne-Putten. Which is above Goeree-Overflakkee.

On the island Schouwen-Duiveland, below Goeree-Overflakkee we’ve stayed at Fletcher Landgoed Hotel Renesse and at Roompot Vakantiepark Aquadelta in Bruinisse. The last one has apartments and holiday rentals.

A bit further away from Goeree-Overflakkee, but still in the province of Zuid-Holland are Landal Beach Villa’s Hoek van Holland. We loved the cabins situated on the beach. Two hotels we can recommend are Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Carlton in Naaldwijk and Van der Valk hotel Ridderkerk. When driving around in a camper, than Camper Park Kinderdijk in Alblasserdam is a good idea, one of our recommendations for campsites with kids in the Netherlands.

When to Visit

Red tulips, seen up close a lot of them
Red tulips

The route can be driven all year long. When to go to the Netherlands to see tulips? It varies a bit when exactly the tulip fields are in bloom, but say from about half way of April till the beginning to half way of May.

Hiring a Car and Airports

We drove the route with our own car. When hiring a car, we have excellent experiences with Hertz, Alamo and Stern. So how to get to the tulip fields from Amsterdam? By car, if you’re going for the Goeree-Overflakkee tulip fields. Take the N215, N57, A4 and S112.

When arriving by plane before embarking on this road trip: Rotterdam The Hague Airport, located 48 kilometers/30 miles from the starting point. Antwerp Airport is 99 kilometers/62 miles away and Eindhoven Airport is 143 kilometers/89 miles away. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is 101 kilometers/63 miles driving from the starting point. So if you’re wondering how far are the tulip fields from Amsterdam? Well the ones on Goeree-Overflakkee are 128 kilometers/80 miles away by car.

The Tulip Route Holland is Beautiful

Looking for a less crowded road trip with tulips, but still with plenty of famous tulip fields the Netherlands is known for, than this road trip on Goeree-Overflakkee is perfect for you.

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