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The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in Amsterdam | An A-Z guide

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Tulips! Tulips! Tulips! Experience the enchantment of tulips at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens near Amsterdam! Springtime unlocks the gates to this floral paradise for just 8 weeks. Make 2024 unforgettable with a visit to Keukenhof, where vibrant blooms stretch as far as the eye can see. Bring the family along for a magical journey through nature's wonderland. Join a guided tour to uncover the fascinating history of Amsterdam's beloved tulips and their cultural significance. Don't miss the Flower Parade, where this year's theme, Flower Power, aims to inspire peace and harmony. Embrace the beauty of spring at Keukenhof Tulip Gardens—it's an experience you'll treasure forever! Keukenhof will be open in 2024 from 21 March to 12 May.

Before visiting the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, here's all you need to know to prep you for a terrific visit.

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens - In a Nutshell

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens - Things to know

📍 Location:Lisse
⏰ Suggested Duration: 2-4 Hours
☀️ Best Time to Visit:before 10:30 AM and after 4:00 PM
🎟️ Keukenhof Tulip Gardens Tickets:€37.50
🚏 Closest Bus Stop:Lisse

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens Opening Hours

open daily from 21 March – 12 May from 8am – 7:30pm

Must-see at Keukenhof Tulip Gardens

Beatrix Pavilion
Oranje Nassau Pavilion
Willem-Alexander Pavilion

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens Address

Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse,
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Keukenhof Tulip Garden Amsterdam

The History of Tulips in Amsterdam

In the 16th century Netherlands, a farmhand could only dream of catching a glimpse of the rare tulip, as it was a prized rarity! The fervor for these bulbous and vibrant flowers reached its zenith during that century, igniting an economic frenzy famously known as the tulip mania. Introduced to Europe during the Dutch Golden Age, tulips were originally brought from the Ottoman Empire in Central Asia. Captivated by their beauty, the Dutch incorporated tulips into everything from paintings to insignia. Though the tulip craze eventually waned, locals embraced cultivation, leading to the Netherlands now producing over 40% of the world's tulips and other floral varieties.

The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens: What are they?

Keukenhof isn't your typical park with over seven million flowers! Translating to 'Kitchen Garden' in Dutch, these 32 hectares of tulip gardens in Amsterdam stand as one of the globe's largest flower havens. Originally unveiled in 1949 to showcase the budding flower industry of the Netherlands, the nation has since blossomed into the world's foremost exporter of flowers.

Nestled within the picturesque town of Lisse in the Bollenstreek region, just a quick 40-minute journey from Amsterdam, lies the renowned Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. This enchanting destination is exclusively open for a brief period of 59 days during the spring season, offering visitors a stunning array of exhibitions, meticulously landscaped flower beds, captivating installations, and exquisite sculptures. It's a delightful showcase of Amsterdam's vibrant tulip season.

The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens: Why they're worth a visit

  • Dubbed as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof Garden lives up to its reputation with its vast expanse. Annually, this garden showcases the blossoming of over seven million flowers, featuring a stunning array of more than 800 species of tulips.
  • Those captivating tulip fields often seen in photographs and videos belong to private tulip producers, with most inaccessible to the public. For a safe and breathtaking experience of the tulip season, Keukenhof Tulip Gardens stands as the ultimate destination.
  • Situated just a short distance from Amsterdam, Keukenhof Gardens makes for an ideal day trip, offering unparalleled convenience to indulge in the splendor of the tulip season.
  • Catering to visitors of all ages, including children, Keukenhof Tulip Gardens hosts a variety of activities and events. Guests can marvel at the spring blooms and deepen their understanding through exhibitions, sculptures, meticulously crafted gardens, and artistic installations spread throughout the park.

Keukenhof Garden Tickets 2024

Grab your Keukenhof Garden Tickets for 2024 before they sell out. Be warned, they sell out weeks before the garden even opens for the season!

The Best Time to Visit Keukenhof Gardens

The tulip season in Amsterdam is for a limited period of around eight weeks during spring, which is also when the Keukenhof Gardens are open to the public.

Mid-April to Mid-May – This is hands down the best time to visit Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. It is the peak of spring and the days are bright and sunny, perfect for the blooming of tulips. It is a visual treat as the colors shine in the sun, making for fantastic photographs. This is also the most crowded period when international tourists visit the gardens.

Mid-March to Early-April – Early spring is a good time to visit, however you may experience a few cloudy days. Also, if you reach quite early, you may not view the tulips in their full glory. But, you can enjoy other flowers like crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths. You will also experience fewer crowds during this period.

The Best Way to Experience Keukenhof Gardens

For the ultimate experience at Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, opt for a guided tour. Avoid the lengthy queues with skip-the-line entry included in the tour package. Benefit from insightful commentary about the gardens and the area from a knowledgeable local guide fluent in multiple languages. Save time with organized transportation to and from Amsterdam. Additionally, indulge in exclusive perks such as a private tulip farm visit and optional upgrades to explore other facets of Dutch culture, including windmill villages, cheese factories, wooden shoe workshops, and the picturesque countryside.

Check out these top Keukenhof Tours and Tickets that promise a terrific experience.

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens: Indoor Flower Shows

Keukenhof Tulip Garden Amsterdam

Once you're done walking around the tulip fields, step into the indoor pavilions brimming with flowering bulbs, cut flowers and pot plants. Inside these pavilions you can see over 500 growers presenting their prize blooms for leading flower arrangers to use in their unique shows. Here's a quick glance of what you can expect inside each pavilion.

Beatrix Pavilion

Oranje Nassau Pavilion

Willem-Alexander Pavilion

Keukenhof Gardens Opening Times

The Keukenhof Park is open only during the tulip season in Amsterdam. In 2024 the garden is open from 21st March to 12th May.

  • The park timings are 8am to 7:30pm

Going from Amsterdam to Keukenhof Gardens

By Bus

You will first have to take a bus to Schiphol Airport, as there are no direct buses Keukenhof Tulip Gardens from Amsterdam. On reaching you can find the Keukenhof Express (Bus 858) at the bus station. It will cost you about 10 Euros for a round trip. But the queue at bus stop, during the tulip season in Amsterdam, is very long so reach there early.

By Car

Located between Amsterdam and The Hague, Keukenhof can be easily reached via the A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and the A44 (exit 3 Lisse). A car journey should take you about 33 min (39.7 km). To plan your route use Keukenhof’s address in your navigation: Stationsweg 166A, Lisse. Parking at Keukenhof Gardens costs €6 a day.

By Train

There is no train station at Keukenhof. You can however take a train till the Schiphol Railway Station and then take the bus from there. By Car – You can type Keukenhof Gardens Amsterdam in your GPS or Google Maps to visit. It will take you via the A4 highway and take about 35 minutes from central Amsterdam. The exact address of the park is Stationsweg 166a, 2161 AM Lisse.

On a Guided Tour

An organized tour is a great option as you get priority entrance tickets and you can save time on a direct bus from Amsterdam Central Station (Most tours start here) and money on shared transport. You can also extend your trip by visiting nearby attractions like Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Marken, Windmills and Flower fields without worrying about planning transport.

Beyond the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Amsterdam

If you're looking to go the extra mile at Keukenhof, here are a few things you can do.

Whisper Boats

The primary allure of the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam lies in its meticulously designed gardens, charming pavilions, and captivating exhibits. However, your visit doesn't have to conclude once you've explored these attractions. You have the option to embark on a scenic boat journey through the canals that weave amidst the vast tulip fields encircling the park. Lasting 45 minutes, this boat ride guarantees breathtaking photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience. Please note that tickets for this excursion are exclusively obtainable at the windmill located within Keukenhof.

Keukenhof rental bike

Another way to explore the flower fields is to rent a bike and ride alongside the flower fields. A bike costs €15 for 3 hours or € 20 a day. We recommend you book your bike online and get a FlowerCard with your online purchase. The FlowerCard gives you a digital magazine about the surroundings of Keukenhof, tips for the best hotspots and get great discounts at the flower farm, museum, restaurants and souvenir shop. You can also score a few discounts on attractions and museums in Amsterdam.

A Taste Of Dutch Culture

The Keukenhof garden celebrates holidays like the King’s Day and Easter with special activities for both adults and kids. The garden also has restaurants and kiosks where you can sample Dutch cuisine like decadent Gouda with black truffles, poffertjes, herring, and hotdogs.

Keukenhof Tulip Garden Amsterdam

Visiting Keukenhof with Kids

Ticking the blooming of the tulip season in Amsterdam is probably a bucket list item for you, but if you are traveling with kids they might not be so enthused with the idea of endless flower beds! The Keukenhof Gardens has fun stuff for the kids as well; it has a cute windmill at one end of the park that they can climb and get views of the park. There is also a petting zoo with farm animals that will make them squeal with delight. And don’t forget to participate in the treasure hunt and collect your clues at the gate, your kids will be more excited in sightseeing and learning about the tulips while finding clues!

Insider Tips for your visit to Keukenhof Gardens

  • If you are traveling with luggage, you have two options, either put your luggage at the Schiphol Airport Railway Station which is in the airport area, or make use of the lockers at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens.
  • The Amsterdam Flower Parade is a mega event in the region and you will have to take out an entire day to participate in the event. Do not book flights coming in or going out on the day as the roads are jam packed and you might miss your schedule. If you want convenience, then you can watch the parade from Voorhout, Hillegom, or Haarlem which have train stations that will connect to Amsterdam.
  • You cannot truly escape the crowds at Keukenhof Gardens but if you visit before 10:30 AM and after 4:00 PM you can experience thinner crowds. Also, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are relatively less crowded than other days of the week.
  • The Keukenhofmolen is the big windmill in the garden and this place can get really crowded with everyone fighting for the perfect picture/selfie. Hit up the windmill first thing in the morning or the last thing before the park closes in order to get some time and space for your series of Windmill shots.
  • There are many restaurants and eating kiosks within the park and they are also affordable, but you can also bring in your own food. The gardens have picnic meadows and tables where you can sit down with your family and enjoy a meal.
  • You will find tulip bulb stalls in Keukenhof, if you are looking for souvenirs you can buy them from the farmers. They will ship the bulbs to you during autumn season and also provide a quarantine certificate, which is extremely important if you are traveling from countries like USA, Australia and Canada.
Keukenhof Tulip Garden Amsterdam

More Tulip Gardens in Amsterdam? Yes please!


If you are thinking of long endless rows of rainbow fields of flowers, then you are visualizing the spectacular region of Bollenstreek in the Netherlands. The word ‘Bollenstreek’ itself means Bulb region and is known for its cultivation of flowers. The area has unique geography; situated right along the coast of the North Sea its sand dunes protect the flower fields. The weather is perfect for a variety of flowers including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, gladioli, dahlias, and carnations.

Bollenstreek is however not a particular municipality and covers over six municipalities including Lisse which is home to the most famous tulip garden in Amsterdam, the Keukenhof Gardens. The pristine beaches, tulip flower fields, windmills, and picturesque Dutch towns make Bollenstreek a great holiday destination.

Amsterdam Flower Parade

The Amsterdam Flower Parade or the Bloemencorso Flower Parade is the pride of the Bollenstreek Region. The annual parade, now in its 72nd year, showcases the beautiful flowers which have enriched the region and brought it wealth and fame. The parade, includes incredible floats made of fresh flowers like tulips, and is joined by enthusiastic locals who dance, sing and entertain onlookers, who number in the thousands!

Frequently Asked Questions

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