See the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens

Welcome to the Greatest Flower Show on Earth!

The Keukenhof Flower Gardens, located near Lisse in the Netherlands, is an extraordinary destination with more than 7 million tulips, hyacinths and daffodils to see during the season. The fields are located in the province of South Holland, south of Haarlem in the area called the “Dune and Bulb Region”. The Bollenstreek or ‘flower region’ specifically is a major attraction.

Dutch tulip fields enjoy international acclaim as a must-visit destination with its vast network of footpaths that span 15 kilometers over an area of more than 32 hectares. Within its floral embrace, over 800 diverse flower varieties bloom, including the iconic Dutch Tulips in every color but green. Keukenhof’s fame transcends national borders, attracting awe-struck visitors from every corner of the world who gather to revel in its breathtaking blossoms.

The Dutch Tulip Festival

From mid-March to mid-May, the fields open up, offering a vibrant display of Dutch horticulture. During this time, visitors can participate in events, workshops, and tours that delve into the rich history of tulip cultivation in the Netherlands.

There are several unusual ways to see the flowers, none more adventurous than taking a helicopter tour to see these magnificent colorful fields from the air. It’s pricy but truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For those a little less adventurous and tired of the crowds, learn all about the tulip trade with a ‘whisperboat’ tour – a silent, electric longboat that winds through the blooms with detailed audio commentary in many languages.

And for the young and fun perhaps a tiny car tour is the right fit, if you can fit in the vehicle! A curated route through GPS will keep you on track and on the go!

GETTING TICKETS

                                            KEUKENHOF TICKETS: Purchased online here

  • Tickets are timed and should be acquired online before arrival.
  • The park operates from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM, with timed slots every half-hour.
  • The last entry is at 6 PM, and the park closes promptly at 7:30 PM.
  • The price of the entrance ticket for adults is € 19.50 without a discount code      Some tour operators offer packages that can reduce the fee by 15% or more.
  • Entrance ticket for a child (4 to 17 years): € 9.00 (0-3 years free)
  • Parking isn’t included in the ticket price and must be paid at the car park.
  • Parking a car is €10.00 while a motorcycle is € 8.00; bikes park for free.
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are the garden’s least busy days. 
  • The quietest times are generally before 10:30 AM or late after 4:00 PM.
  • You can cancel tickets up to 24 hours beforehand and receive a full refund.
  • Buy same-day tickets at the box office, but be prepared for waiting & lines.
  • Same-day tickets also cost more, € 23.00 for adults, €11.00 for children.

GETTING THERE

                            TRAVEL TICKETS: Options are listed here:

  • The Keukenhof Express has direct buses every 30 minutes
  • Round-trip buses from Leiden, Schiphol & Haarlem are €12                                 
  • Amsterdam Bus Tours offers service to Keukenhof all day long
  • Round-trip buses from Amsterdam RAI : Adults €17/Kids €14
  • Some tour packages from both firms offer entrance discounts
  • Some packages also allow ‘skipping-the-line’ with a private tour
  • From Rotterdam, take the Intercity train to Leiden, then bus 854
  • From The Hague, take the Sprinter train to Leiden, the bus 854
  • A taxi from any Dutch city is expensive, at least €150 each way
  • You can cycle to Keukenhof, but not inside the crowded park
  • You can rent a bike near Keukenhof for a memorable ride                                                  Rental bikes are €11 for 3 hours or €16 for all-day
  • With a car, you have a parking fee of €10.00 at the car park

The History of the Tulip and the Gardens

The Keukenhof estate is situated on the 15th-century hunting grounds of Teylingen Castle, the medieval residence of Countess Jacoba van Beieren, who was well known for her large, fertile gardens on the acreage, and this is where Keukenhof [literally ‘the kitchen garden’] gets its name. After her death in 1638, the estate was then purchased by merchant Adrian Maertensz Block, who ran the powerful Dutch East India Company. The original Teylingen Castle was in ruins by then, so in 1641, Block had a large manor house constructed, Castle Keukenhof. The Block family managed the property for the next two centuries.

In 1857, Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt bought the estate and paid to restructure the park and grounds around the castle with fancy English gardens, which remain the foundations for the campus today.

In 1949, Keukenhof Gardens was set up and designed by a guild of prominent bulb growers to introduce visitors to the joys of growing bulbs in their own gardens. The fields opened in 1950 to 200,000 visitors in its first year. Now nearly 25,000 people a day walk the 80 acres of flower fields featuring over 7 million blooms. These flowers are mostly tulips but also include irises, hyacinths, daffodils, carnations and roses of all colors. In 2024, the attraction celebrates its 75th anniversary with special programs throughout the season.

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