Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam attract more than 1.5 million tourists annually.
These Tulip fields in the Netherlands are open for visitors only for around 60 days every year.
At the seasonal Keukenhof gardens, visitors get to see more than 7 million flowers, including 800 different kinds of tulips.
Table of contents
- What to expect at Keukenhof
- Keukenhof 2021 dates
- Keukenhof theme 2021
- Where are the Keukenhof gardens?
- How to reach Keukenhof
- Keukenhof opening hours
- Best time to visit Keukenhof
- How long does Keukenhof take
- Keukenhof tickets
- What to do in Keukenhof?
- Events at Keukenhof Gardens
- Keukenhof flower parade
- Keukenhof weather
- Keukenhof Castle
- Keukenhof map
- Food at Keukenhof
What to expect at Keukenhof
Keukenhof 2021 dates
Keukenhof Gardens are most beautiful in spring, and the creators make sure the visitors see it at its best.
In 2021, Keukenhof in Lisse will open from 20 March to 9 May, including the Easter weekend, King’s Day (27 April), and Liberation Day (5 May).
Usually, the tulip gardens are open for 60 days every year. However, in 2021, tourists will get to enjoy Keukenhof Gardens for only 50 days.
Keukenhof theme 2021
Every year the Keukenhof Amsterdam is prepared with a specific theme, and the flower decoration, events, artwork, activities, etc., reflect this theme.
Keukenhof Gardens’ theme for 2021 is ‘A World of Colours.’
The organizers had selected ‘A World of Colours’ as 2020’s theme, but when the event got called off because of the pandemic, they decided to use the same theme for 2021.
Where are the Keukenhof gardens?
Keukenhof is also known as the Garden of Europe and is in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands.
The Keukenhof Park covers 32 hectares (79 acres) and is a prominent part of the ‘Dune and Bulb Region’ (also known as Duin- en Bollenstreek).
The Tulip fields of Netherlands are to the Southwest of Amsterdam.
Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands. Get Directions
How to reach Keukenhof
There are many ways to reach Keukenhof in Holland.
Whichever mode of transport you choose, to get the preferred time slot, it is better to book Keukenhof tickets in advance.
To get to Keukenhof you can take motorways A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and A44 (exit 3, Lisse).
‘Keukenhof’ is well sign-posted after the exit.
Two large car parks ensure that the Keukenhof Tulip gardens never run out of parking space.
A day’s parking costs €6 per car, but the best part is, you can add on a parking sticker while purchasing your Keukenhof tickets.
The Keukenhof Express bus is the easiest way to get to Keukenhof Gardens and Holland’s tulip fields.
These buses are available from three cities – Amsterdam, Hoofddorp, and Leiden. During the Tulip season, buses get added from Haarlem and Katwijk/Noordwijk as well.
|Amsterdam RAI Station||852||Express|
|Amsterdam Schiphol Airport||858||Express|
|Hoofddorp Central Station||859||Express|
|Leiden Central Station||854||Express|
|Haarlem Central Station||50||Normal|
*Express buses don’t stop anywhere else.
There is no direct train to the Tulip festival near Amsterdam.
However, if you are around Central Station, you can decide to travel half the distance by train.
From Central Station, you can take a 15-minute train to Schiphol Airport.
And from the Airport, take the bus 858 from outside the Arrival Hall 4. This will take you directly to the Keukenhof Gardens within 30 minutes.
Keukenhof opening hours
In 2021, from 20 March to 9 May, the Keukenhof Gardens will be open every day from 8 am to 7.30 pm.
The Tulip fields of Netherland are only open for two months every year during spring when it is at its best.
Best time to visit Keukenhof
Since the Tulips are the main attraction of Keukenhof in Holland, it is best to visit the gardens when they are blooming, and the weather is perfect for a stroll.
It is difficult to predict when the 800+ types of Tulips on display will bloom, which is why we recommend a broad window of late April to early May for the best views.
However, you should know that the gardeners plant the flower bulbs in multiple layers to ensure different flowers bloom at different times.
As a result, every day is a great day to visit the Tulip park of Netherlands.
Avoid the crowd at Keukenhof
On regular days Keukenhof has an average of 25,000 daily visitors, and on peak days, more than 45,000 tourists and locals pass through its gate.
If you want to avoid the crowd, be at Keukenhof’s entrance before 11 am or after 3 pm.
Note: The morning light is great for taking photos.
When NOT to visit Keukenhof
The Tulip fields of Netherlands are the most crowded on National holidays.
It is better to avoid the gardens on the following days because it will be teeming with tourists and locals.
10 April (Friday): Good Friday
12 April (Sunday): Easter Day
13 April (Monday): 2nd Day of Easter
27 April (Friday): King’s Day
On 27 April, the Gardens will be moderately crowded.
However, since the Dutch will celebrate the King’s birthday, it will be a nightmare to travel by public transportation to reach the gardens.
How long does Keukenhof take
Keukenhof Park is 32 hectares (79 acres) and home to 7 million flower bulbs.
With so much to see, most visitors take three to four hours exploring the Tulip gardens.
However, if you want, you can spend the whole day at the Gardens because the entry tickets don’t have a time limit.
Tip: If you plan to spend the whole day, we recommend regular stops to rest, eat and drink. Because of the walking, visitors tend to tire quickly.
Choosing the right kind of experience at Keukenhof is difficult because of the numerous ticket options available.
Timed entry: While buying your Keukenhof entry tickets, you must select a time slot. It is essential to be at the entrance of the attraction at the time mentioned on your ticket.
Cancellation policy: Keukenhof tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Mobile tickets: The tickets get emailed to you, and on the day of the visit, you can show them on your mobile and walk in. You don’t have to take print outs.
Purchasing your Keukenhof tickets online is a better experience for three reasons:
- Online tickets are cheaper than the price you will pay at the entrance.
- You don’t wait in the ticket counter queue and waste your time and energy.
- Tickets on-site get sold on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Booking your tickets online (and in advance) guarantees an entry.
Skip the Line Keukenhof tickets
These are the cheapest and the most popular Keukenhof tickets.
You get to skip the line at the Keukenhof entrance and access everything that’s part of the gardens.
However, you will have to manage your own transport.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 19 Euros
Child ticket (4 to 17 years): 9 Euros
Infant ticket (0 to 3 years): Free entry
For an additional six Euros, you can also book your parking space at the Gardens in advance.
Keukenhof tickets with transport
Keukenhof gardens is 40 Kms (25 Miles) from Amsterdam, 58 Kms (36 Miles) from Rotterdam, and 32 Kms (20 Miles) from The Hague.
The traveling time to Keukenhof gardens is:
From Amsterdam: 40 minutes
From Rotterdam: 60 minutes
From The Hague: 50 minutes
Because of this distance from the major cities, many tourists prefer to book Keukenhof gardens tickets which also includes transport both ways.
These tickets are also known as Keukenhof combi-tickets.
Travel to the gardens and back is in an air-conditioned coach.
Combi ticket from Amsterdam
Adult ticket (14+ years): 39 Euros
Child ticket (4-13 years): 19.50 Euros
Combi ticket from Rotterdam
Adult ticket (12+ years): 79 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 39 Euros
Combi ticket from The Hague
Adult ticket (12+ years): 79 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 39 Euros
Guided tour to Keukenhof Gardens
Visitors who prefer not to miss the key exhibits at the Keukenhof flower festival opt for a guided tour.
This 6-hour long tour starts from Amsterdam in an air-conditioned coach either in the morning or afternoon. You decide the time.
A local guide is with you all through the trip.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 79 Euros
Child ticket (4 to 11 years): 39 Euros
Infant ticket (0 to 3 years): Free entry
If you prefer traveling in luxury, check out this private guided tour.
Here are a few more Keukenhof combinations that are popular with tourists –
If you prefer something fancier, board a Renault Twizy and drive around for twenty kilometers (12.5 miles) of the Tulip gardens with a GPS-enabled audio tour. It is perfect for couples.
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.
Zaanse Schans is an area near the Dutch town of Zaandam, with historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses resembling an 18th/19th-century village.
Because it is some distance from the major cities, visitors wonder if Keukenhof is worth the effort.
What to do in Keukenhof?
A visit to Keukenhof isn’t just about looking at the flowers.
Check out the video below on what visitors can expect on their visit to Keukenhof –
Here is a list of things you can do at Keukenhof Gardens Holland to have an enriching trip.
See lots of tulips and take photos
Don’t forget to take lots of photos at the Keukenhof Tulip festival. It is always good to create memories for later.
If you go early in the morning, the light is perfect for capturing the colorful flowers’ incredible photographs.
A few check-ins won’t hurt either.
Take a ‘whisper’ boat trip
If you are tired from walking or cycling around, take the ‘whisper’ boat to see the Tulip fields from a different perspective.
The electrically-propelled ‘whisper’ boats depart at the windmill in Keukenhof park.
The boat trip takes 45 minutes, and all through, you get to hear interesting information about the flower region.
Unfortunately, the boats can’t accommodate wheelchairs.
‘Whisper’ boat tickets cost 9 Euros for adults (12+ years), and 4.5 Euros for kids (4 to 11 years).
Some visitors opt for the Spring cruise as an additional activity, while booking their Keukenhof entry tickets.
Rent a bike and explore
Keukenhof is bike-friendly.
You can rent a bike for a small fee, get a map with various biking routes, and explore both the flower gardens and the surrounding area.
Visitors can rent women’s, men’s, children’s bikes and tandems in the parking lot at the main entrance of Keukenhof.
Bikes are available for rent at Keukenhof Park’s entrance for either three hours or the whole day, and the prices vary accordingly.
|Vehicle||3 hours||Whole day|
|Adult bike||€ 10||€ 15|
|Kids bike||€ 8||€ 12|
|Tandem||€ 25||€ 30|
Visit the pavilions
Keukenhof has three indoor locations that host flower shows – Beatrix Pavilion, Oranje Nassau pavilion, and Willem-Alexander Pavilion.
More than 500 growers use these pavilions to showcase their flowers and arrangements.
Orange Nassau Pavilion is known for its colorful floral displays that change every week.
The Willem-Alexander Pavilion gets crowded in the last 12 days of the season when it is home to the world’s largest lily show.
For two months, the Beatrix Pavilion turns into a forest full of orchids and anthuriums.
Visitors can walk in for free into these pavilions.
The Julianna Pavilion showcases the history of the tulip and its influence on Netherlands.
Learn to make flower arrangements
Every day there are ongoing workshops on how to arrange flowers.
Visitors can step into pavilions such as Oranje Nassau and see specialists demonstrate spectacular flower arranging skills.
They show how with a little knowledge, everybody can use flowers to make simple bouquets and even unexpected creations.
Visit Keukenhof Castle
Many tourists visiting Keukenhof Gardens don’t know that there is a Keukenhof Castle as well.
Book your Castle ticket in advance and check out some of the impressive artifacts on display from the Golden Age of Dutch history.
Insider Tip: Visit the Castle after you are done with Keukenhof Gardens because you can’t re-enter the Gardens.
Indulge in kids activities
Kids love the lovely playground right in the center of Keukenhof.
Right next to the playground is a concession stand offering tasty treats.
If your child loves animals, you can head over to the Petting Zoo, which houses goats, sheep, chicken, peacocks, etc.
Hedge Maze is yet another attraction where kids can try to find their way out.
Elder kids can try out the Keukenhof scavenger hunt, which is both educational and entertaining.
Visit flower fields around Keukenhof
This is something you must plan for after you have explored the Keukenhof Gardens of Lisse and have some energy left.
Because once you exit Keukenhof Gardens, you can’t re-enter.
From the parking of Keukenhof, you will be able to slip into the surrounding fields.
You can also book a Renault Twizy, a two-seater micro car, for a 20 kms (12.5 kms) drive around the flower fields.
Events at Keukenhof Gardens
Throughout the flower season, special activities, shows, and performances get conducted at the Keukenhof Gardens.
Weekends and public holidays see special programs.
Your Keukenhof ticket will get you free access to these events.
The organizers are yet to announce the events of the Keukenhof Tulip festival 2021.
But we give below a schedule of 2019’s events to provide you with an idea of what to expect –
23 to 24 March 2019: Sounds of Holland
29 to 31 March 2019: Holland Heritage Weekend
05 to 7 April 2019: Flower Power Weekend
13 April 2019: Keukenhof Flower Parade
21 to 22 April 2019: Easter weekend – Melloy Yellow
27 April 2019: King’s Dag at Keukenhof
29 April to 3 May 2019: Bird of Prey shows
11 to 12 May 2019: Romance at Keukenhof
13 to 19 May 2019: Woodstock Festival
Keukenhof flower parade
Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is one of the most popular flower parades in Holland.
Since it happens during the Keukenhof Flower festival and passes through Keukenhof Gardens, many refer to it as the Keukenhof Flower parade.
Just like the Gardens, the Keukenhof flower parade also revolves around a theme every year.
In 2019, it was ‘Changing World,’ and in 2020, it was supposed to be ‘A World of Colours’ before the pandemic canceled everything.
However, in 2021, the parade will take place on 17 April.
It will go through a 40 km (25 Miles) route starting from Noordwijk and end at Haarlem.
Seeing Flower Parade from Keukenhof Gardens
At 3:30 pm, the beautiful cars decorated with flowers pass through the Keukenhof Gardens.
One of the best spots to see the Flower Parade is the Keukenhof Boulevard, the road in front of the Tulip Gardens.
Since the parade is an extraordinary event, it is incredibly crowded, and the roads remain closed from 3 pm to 5.30 pm.
If you plan to watch the parade, it is best to reach Keukenhof before 11 am.
However, organizers of the Flower Parade have canceled 2021’s edition due to the pandemic.
Tourists check on the weather in Keukenhof for two reasons.
Impact of Keukenhof weather on flowers
Spring is the season of flowers.
Nature revives itself from the harsh winters’ gloominess, and flowering is just one of the acts.
Since Tulips are flowers of the warm weather, they start growing and blooming way faster in spring than in the winters.
As a result, Keukenhof is covered with these colorful beauties and ends up becoming the best place to relax and experience spring.
Some of the Tulips need a little warmer weather than the others, so they bloom only by April.
How Keukenhof weather affects visitors
Keukenhof being an outdoors attraction, it is always a good idea to know what to expect.
You wouldn’t want to be in a garden while it’s raining, no matter how beautiful it is.
The good thing is that Keukenhof also has indoor pavilions that you can rush into when it rains.
For the best Keukenhof weather prediction, follow the link.
Standing just outside Lisse, at the Keukenhof Gardens’ entrance, the Keukenhof Castle houses fantastic artifacts.
Keukenhof means ‘kitchen gardens’ and gets its name because the Countess (and later the castle’s cooks) gathered fruits and vegetables from this spot.
And unlike Keukenhof gardens, the Keukenhof Castle is open all year round for tourists and admirers of the place.
What’s to see in Keukenhof Castle?
The Keukenhof Castle portrays the culture and history at its most raw form.
There are fabulous collections of furniture and portraits adorning the space and famous paintings of Nicolaes Maes from the 17th Century.
You can also see the Chinese and Japanese porcelain beautifully displayed at a unique cabinet and the great chimney designed by the French architect and designer, Daniel Marot.
Also, in the book cabinet, you can find a complete Encyclopedia from 1770.
Keukenhof Castle’s hours
Keukenhof Castle’s hours vary with season.
April to September: 8.30 am to 7.30 pm
October to March: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
The Castle is open only for guided tours. So, make sure you have the ticket before you visit the place.
Keukenhof, the Tulip festival of Holland, has numerous sections and is a bit challenging to navigate because of its size.
It is better to spend time with Keukenhof Garden’s map and plan your itinerary.
Carrying the Tulip garden’s layout is even more necessary if you are visiting with kids.
Besides the flower exhibits, a map will also help you identify visitor services such as restaurants, washrooms, pavilions, etc.
Food at Keukenhof
Keukenhof Gardens has a lot of eateries and restaurants, each with its theme.
The options are plenty – you can visit the Italian, authentic Asian, or the Dutch restaurant offering poffertjes (traditional Dutch mini pancakes).
If you prefer a quick bite, there are numerous mobile food outlets spread across the park where you can get strawberries, herring, hotdogs, etc.
Can I bring my food and drinks?
Being a garden, the Keukenhof has picnic spots where you can sit and eat your food.
But visitors can’t get their home food inside the restaurants.