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When to visit Keukenhof – best time to visit for blooming Tulips

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Keukenhof Gardens is open to the public only during the eight-week long spring or tulip season – from mid-March to mid-May.

Since it is a show of the beauty of nature, and so much of the flower bloom is dependent on the weather, many tourists wonder when they must visit Keukenhof for the best experience. 

This article shares the best time to see the tulips in bloom at the Keukenhof flower fields.

Best time to avoid the crowd

If you want to enjoy the Keukenhof Gardens with as little crowd as possible, you must reach the attraction before 11 am or after 3 pm.

It is often much less crowded, and you can snap beautiful photos with the morning or evening sun. 

Usually, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday get fewer visitors, and as the weekend nears, it starts getting crowded.

In 2022, all visitors must book their Keukenhof Garden tickets online. This has been made mandatory to avoid crowding in ticket lines.

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Best time to visit Keukenhof for flower blooms

Since the Tulip blooms are so dependent on the weather, it is almost impossible to recommend the best time is to visit Keukenhof in 2022

However, based on how the weather has been in the last few years, your best chance of seeing the blooming at the Keukenhof is during the last two weeks of April and the first week of May.

The viewing season consists of two halves – early springtime and peak springtime.

The flowers are better during peak springtime, but this is also when Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Tulip Gardens are also the most crowded.

If you also plan to explore the Tulip flower fields outside the Keukenhof Gardens, you must visit in the last two weeks of April because the flowers are harvested on 30 April or a couple of days later. 

The best way to explore the massive flower fields is by renting a bike at Keukenhof Gardens

Or, if you don’t want the hassle of waiting in line to rent a bike, book a guided Keukenhof Bike Tour.

Keukenhof Tour TicketsCost
Only Keukenhof Entry Tickets€19
Keukenhof Entry + Transport from Amsterdam€39
Keukenhof Entry + Transport from Amsterdam RAI€33
Keukenhof Entry + Transport from Schiphol€29
Spring Cruise + Keukenhof Admission€34
Spring Cruise + Keukenhof + Transport from Amsterdam€49
Keukenhof + Flower Fields Tour from Rotterdam€99
Keukenhof Admission + Transport from Haarlem€29
Keukenhof + Flower Fields Tour from The Hague€99
Keukenhof visit from Katwijk, Noordwijk or Noordwijkerhout€29
Keukenhof admission + Transport from Leiden€29
Keukenhof + Tulip Fields + Windmill + Farm Visit€79
Keukenhof + 6-course Michelin-Star Dinner at Bolenius€149

If you don’t want to travel as a group, check out how to travel from Amsterdam to Keukenhof Gardens.

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Status of Keukenhof flowers every month

Blooming Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens
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No matter when they visit Keukenhof’s Tulip Gardens, you will get to see something beautiful. 

However, some times are better than the others. 

Keukenhof in March

Keukenhof Tulip gardens open for the public only in the last two weeks in March.

Since it is early springtime, quite a few beds of the tulips will be up and getting ready to bloom. 

But daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and other flowers will be fully up.

The indoor greenhouses will be home to perfectly open flowers throughout the eight weeks.

All the Tulips and other flowers are labeled in the greenhouses, making it more enjoyable. 

However, Keukenhof isn’t just about the Tulips.

The world-famous Tulip gardens also offer plenty of other distractions such as flower art, windmills, playgrounds, cycling tours, petting zoo, food carts, Instagrammable selfie spots, etc.

Keukenhof in April

Usually, the Tulips are fully bloomed by the second half of April, but since it is difficult to predict when the flowers are at their best, it’s better not to stress over it. 

If you are visiting in April, there can be no wrong time to visit Keukenhof.

The garden ensures everyone has a great visit, which is why Tulips are planted in layers.

Some are already in full bloom in the first half of the month, while most start blooming in the latter half.

This also ensures that the same area looks different every time you visit Keukenhof. 

Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, one of the most popular flower parades in Holland, happens in the second half of April.

April is is the most crowded time as international tourists visit the garden during this time.

Keukenhof in May

The Tulips and other flowers inside Keukenhof Gardens are still in full bloom during the first two weeks of May. 

However, the surrounding Tulip fields are topped by then, which is a shame because visitors miss seeing acres of bright, colorful flowers.

Topping is the act of cutting the flower from the stem. Growers top the tulips about three weeks after blooming. 

Bicycle tours through the Tulip fields are thus less exciting in May. 

Have you decided on when you want to visit Keukenhof? Check out the different kinds of tickets available.

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FAQs about visiting Keukenhof

While everyone wants to enjoy the beauty of the Tulip Gardens, some wonder if the trip to Keukenhof Gardens is worth it.

If you have already decided on going, here are some questions you may have about your visit to Europe’s best flower garden.

  1. When does Keukenhof open?

    Keukenhof is only open for two months in the spring. In 2022 the flower garden will open on 24 March (Thursday) and close on 15 May (Sunday).

  2. What are Keukenhof Gardens' timings?

    In 2022 Keukenhof in Amsterdam will open its doors from 24 March to 15 May. During this period, it will open at 8 am and close at 7.30 pm, daily.

  3. When is the Flower Parade in 2022?

    Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, the most popular flower parade in Holland, will take place on 23 April. Since it passes through Keukenhof Gardens, many refer to it as the Keukenhof Flower parade.

  4. Is Keukenhof Gardens open on weekends?

    Keukenhof Tulip Garden begins on 24 March and closes on 15 May, and in between, it is open every Saturday and Sunday.

  5. When do the tulips bloom best in Keukenhof?

    Weather plays a significant role in the blooming of the flowers in Keukenhof. That’s why the gardeners opt for crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, and early-blooming tulips for flowering at the beginning of the season. The larger Tulips, the highlight of the Keukenhof experience, bloom in the latter part of the season.

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