Kaleidoscope of color as Netherlands tulips bloom

Associated Press
Tourists park their cars to take picture of fields of blossoming tulips and hyacinths near Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Sunday April 22, 2012.  Holland is the world's main producer of commercially sold tulip plants, producing as many as 3 billion bulbs annually, about two thirds are for export. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Tourists park their cars to take picture of fields of blossoming tulips and hyacinths near Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Sunday April 22, 2012. Holland is the world's main producer of commercially sold tulip plants, producing as many as 3 billion bulbs annually, about two thirds are for export. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

LISSE, Netherlands (AP) — Bulb fields along the Dutch west coast have erupted into a kaleidoscope of color as tulips and other flowers burst into bloom.

The most easily accessible fields are mainly found in the coastal strip between the cities of Leiden and Haarlem and are easily accessible by car or train from Amsterdam. Sitting on the top floor of a double-decker train is actually one of the best vantage points to view the broad bars of different colored flowers stretching over pancake-flat fields.

The fields started blooming around the start of April and will likely remain colorful for a few more weeks.

Tourists can drive along roads that wind through the fields and regularly park on sidewalks to get out and take pictures. Just remember that most of the fields are part of farms and not intended to be tramped through.

If you want to get an even closer look, pay a visit to the world famous Keukenhof park and its flower displays in Lisse, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Amsterdam. The Keukenhof is open thru May 20.

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