Dutch Countryside

About us

Welcome on my website about the Tulip festivals near Amsterdam. My name is Marco van der Lingen and i am living in the countryside of Amsterdam together with my wife, son of 7 and daughter of 3. We live in Lisse which is world famous for the flower fields and Springgarden Keukenhof. We live about a 30 minutes drive from the city centre of Amsterdam. I have worked at the Lisse Tourism Office nearby Keukenhof flower garden and did get a lot of questions about Amsterdam, the countryside and of course the tulips. I started this website with only listing some tulip festival activities but we did also get a lot of questions of other places in the Dutch countryside so we decided to write about cheese, windmills and much more. I hope this website can help you to plan your travel to Holland.

The website is focused on the Dutch countryside icons: tulips, windmills and cheese. The flowers are the main subject but i know a lot about windmills and Dutch cheeses too =). The beautiful polder landscape with cows and water gives Holland its own character that you must experience when you visit Amsterdam. I  also will visit some cities and give you our tips for Amsterdam.

The distances in the Netherlands are short. Half an hour’s drive from the center of Amsterdam you will find the Zaanse Schans and beautiful Dutch villages such as Volendam, Marken and Edam. The tulip region is also only 30 minutes south of Amsterdam. In our countryside you can experience the windmills, cheese farms, tulip fields and of course the cows and the many lakes. And did you know that Holland has beautiful beaches and dunes?

From Amsterdam you are also quickly in other cities such as Haarlem, Leiden, The Hague, Delft, Rotterdam and Gouda. I always say that Holland is actually a big city with very nice quiet rural areas between the cities.

I hope that this website will help you plan your trip to the Netherlands and give you inspiration about the locations you want to visit. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them. I am happy to help you.

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Marco van der Lingen