Is Keukenhof worth it? 10 reasons why you must visit Keukenhof Gardens

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Keukenhof has the world’s largest permanent display of tulips and is in South Holland, south of Haarlem, in an area known as the country’s ‘Dune and Bulb Region.’

The Tulip garden of the Netherlands is 40 km (25 miles) from Amsterdam, 58 km (36 miles) from Rotterdam, 33 km (20 miles) from The Hague, and 20 km (12 miles) from the cities of Haarlem and Leiden.

Because of this distance from the major tourist spots, visitors wonder if Keukenhof is worth it. 

They want to know if Keukenhof deserves the effort.

Quick answer

Yes, Keukenhof is totally worth it, and we all must visit it at least once in our lifetime. 

Every tourist who has visited Keukenhof

Here is our list of ten reasons why every traveler worth their salt must visit Keukenhof Holland.

One and a half million can’t be wrong

Every year, Keukenhof Tulip Gardens is open to visitors only for 60 days – from mid-March to mid-May.

In 2019, these sixty days saw 1.5 million visitors walk through the gates at an average of 25,000 per day. 

That’s approximately the number of visitors the Louvre Museum in Paris gets every day. 

Tip: If you want to avoid the crowd, be at Keukenhof’s entrance before 11 am or after 3 pm. 


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Keukenhof has a new theme every year

Each year the Keukenhof Tulip festival has a different theme, and the flowers, arrangements, and activities get planned accordingly.

There is always a centerpiece in the flower show – made up of thousands of flowers – depicting the theme.

In 2018, ‘Romance’ was the flower show’s theme, and in 2019 it was the ‘Flower Power.’

2020’s theme was ‘A World of Colours,’ but since the annual tulip festival didn’t happen because of the pandemic, the same theme got used for 2021.


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The variety of flowers is unprecedented

At Keukenhof, visitors get to see more than 800+ different varieties of Tulips. 

While the attraction’s focus is Tulips, they aren’t the only types of flowers at the famous tulip gardens of the Netherlands.

The gardens and the four pavilions showcase Roses, Daffodils, Crocuses, Hyacinths, Gerbera Daisies, Carnations, Lilies-of-the-valley, Bluebells, Snowdrops, Irises, Orchids, Callas, Amaryllises, etc. 

If the colors of the flowers don’t get you, the fragrance will.


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Most beautiful garden in the world

Along with the Versailles Gardens and Kew Gardens in London, Keukenhof also ranks in the top five of the world’s most beautiful gardens. 

Don’t you want this bragging right? That you once visited one of the world’s most beautiful places.

At 32 hectares (79 acres), Keukenhof is also one of the world’s most extensive flower gardens. 


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So many fun ways to explore the gardens

There are many ways to explore the Keukenhof gardens. 

You book the regular Keukenhof ticket and explore by walking or cycling. 

Both are fantastic opportunities to discover the beautiful, colorful surroundings of the Tulip region. 

Visitors can rent women’s, men’s, children’s bikes and tandems in the parking lot at the main entrance of Keukenhof.

Cost of renting bicycle in Keukenhof

Type of BikeFor 3 hoursWhole day
Adult bike€ 10€ 15
Bike for kids€ 8€ 12
Tandem€ 25€ 30

If you prefer something fancier, you can board a Renault Twizy and drive around for twenty kilometers of the Tulip gardens with a GPS-enabled audio tour. It is perfect for couples. 

Or book a half-day guided tour to Keukenhof, so that a local can accompany you and take you around. 

If money isn’t an issue, but a better experience is critical, opt for the 4-hour long private guided tour

Visitors can also book a Keukenhof entry + Spring Cruise combo ticket and explore the quiet Dutch landscape, its cute villages, and historic windmills as they boat on the Kagerplassen.

Some tourists willing to pack more in a day opt for the Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans combo tour. 


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Keukenhof is always a different experience

This is one of the few attractions in the world, which is different every time you visit.

Different flowers will be in bloom, and the theme will be different, arrangements and activities will be different, etc. 

Gardeners plant the flower bulbs in multiple layers to ensure flowers bloom at different times.

As a result, each time you visit the Netherlands’ Tulip park, you will have a unique experience. 


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Keukenhof has art installations as well

Keukenhof is not just about the flowers. Every year fantastic art installations are scattered amongst the flowers.

Flowers form the basis of some of these installations. 

For instance, in 2020, over 50,000 plants and 150,000 flowers were used on the Keukenhof grounds in Lisse to create a massive pair of lungs.

Dozens of volunteers created the installation in just four days, and it measured half of a football field (2,250 m2).

International artists also contribute with their art installations made of metal, wood, etc., which seamlessly blend with the flowers.


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Keukenhof has a historic castle

The Keukenhof Castle is 380-years-old and is an excellent opportunity to understand Dutch history. 

The gardens around the castle are free to enter, but only guided tour groups are allowed inside.

It has impressive artifacts on display from the Golden period of Dutch history.

Visit the castle after you are done with Keukenhof Gardens because you can’t re-enter the Gardens.


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Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, the flower parade

This is not something you can do every day.

But if you are in Keukenhof Gardens on 17 April 2021, you can see the Annual Flower Parade pass through the gardens between 3.30 to 4.30 pm.

Floats made up of bulb flowers will parade through the streets in Bollenstreek (Bulb Region) and pass by Keukenhof.

Insider tip: 17 April will be the busiest day of 2021 at Keukenhof, so visit on this day only if you can handle the crowd.

Update: Because of the pandemic, 2021’s Flower Parade stands canceled.


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Visiting Keukenhof Gardens is easy and cheap

The last reason why we feel Keukenhof is worth all the attention is because it is cheap and easy to visit.

It is an excellent value for money activity that can occupy your whole day. 

If you can handle your travel to Lisse, you can purchase the Keukenhof entry tickets that cost only 19 Euros for all 18+ visitors. Kids aged 4 to 17 only pay 9 Euros per person. 

If you don’t want the hassle of managing your travel to Keukenhof and back, opt for one of these three tours from the nearby cities.

Coach to KeukenhofAvailabilityCost
From AmsterdamDaily€39
From RotterdamThurs & Sat€79
From The HagueThurs & Sat€79

On the coach tours from Rotterdam and The Hague, 4 to 11-year-old kids get a 40 Euros discount.

# Keukenhof Gardens
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# Amsterdam Zoo
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Divya Sachdeva: She doesn't follow the usual traveler's convention and rules and has her own definition of an enjoyable holiday. Amongst her friends and family, she is known as a free-spirited traveler ready to pack her bags at 5-minutes notice. Favorite Cities: Hamburg, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Cairo

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