Approximately 7 million tulip bulbs, including 800 different varieties, bloom in the 32-hectare Keukenhof Garden. Around 850,000 people from all over the world visit the garden in March, April, and May.
Where is the Keukenhof garden located?
Flower gardens like Keukenhof in Lisse, the Netherlands’ Batavian countryside, are located 35-40 kilometres outside of the city of Amsterdam.
Located in Jacoba Van Beieren Castle Park, the garden is visible from the road because it’s part of the wooded area. Keukenhof land was once home to a castle staff vegetable garden, hence the park’s Dutch name of keuken (cooking).
Keukenhof passed from the Van Beieren family to a slew of wealthy Dutch merchant families after Jacoba’s death. An English garden was designed around the castle in 1840 by landscape architects Zocher, who also built Amsterdam’s Vondelpark.
Bulb growers in the Lisse region have been showcasing their most eye-catching varieties since the 1950s, thanks to an initiative by the city’s mayor. The massifs are planted with millions of bulbs from October to January by the park’s landscapers and gardeners.
The fairgrounds are littered with tulip, daffodil, and hyacinth fields. This horticultural area is known in Dutch as Bollenstreek. From a 19th-century mill’s observation deck, visitors can see the park and the surrounding bulb fields.
When to visit Keukenhof?
One of the most frequently asked questions is “When is the best time to visit Holland to see the blooming tulips?”
The park is open from the middle of March until the middle of May.
Weather has a significant impact on the flowering of the park’s bulbs because spring flowers are natural products. The tulip flowering season will be pushed back if the spring is cooler than average.
What to do in the park?
During the spring and summer, the park’s lanes are lined with tulips and other flowering bulbs, making for pleasant strolls and photo opportunities.
Keukenhof organisers prepare exhibitions in glass pavilions with actual “Floral Shows” to avoid disappointing visitors when the weather is unpredictable, which are likely to appeal to both young and old visitors.
A 19th-century mill from Groningen in the north of the Netherlands, which has stood in the park since 1957, can be found there.
It’s also possible to take some amazing photos while strolling through the park’s tulip and hyacinth fields.
How long should I allow for the visit ?
To see everything the park has to offer, allow yourself at least 4 hours. If you’re a fan of flowers, give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your visit.
Don’t go unless you enjoy taking leisurely strolls through a serene environment.
Flowering dates in Keukenhof
As a guide, here are the flowering periods of the bulbs visible in the flowery garden walkways:
- Crocus: February and March
- Hyacinth: April and early May
- Narcissus: March and April
- Tulips: April and early May
Questions and Answers About Keukenhof Park
How do I buy tickets?
Visit www.keukenhof.nl to purchase tickets. Purchases of tickets must be made through the website. Each ticket has a specific date and time window during which it can be used.
How many tickets can I order?
The ticket office at www.keukenhof.nl has up to 200 tickets available for sale. If you plan to order more than 200 tickets in 2021, you’ll need to sign up on the reseller portal. To make a purchase, send an email to email@example.com.
Can the number of tickets be changed?
Customers who have purchased tickets through www.keukenhof.nl can modify their orders up to seven days before they arrive by clicking on a link in their confirmation email.
Do tickets have to be paid immediately?
Purchases made on www.keukenhof.nl require immediate payment.
Can I cancel tickets?
Customers who purchase tickets through www.keukenhof.nl have up to seven days before their scheduled arrival date to cancel or change them. If tickets are cancelled, a handling fee of €2.50 will be applied. If you cancel your reservation less than 7 days before your arrival, you will be charged the full amount.
Can I arrive before or after my time slot?
Tickets purchased on www.keukenhof.nl have a time limit that must be followed.
What happens if I can’t meet my time slot?
On www.keukenhof.nl tickets, the designated time slot must be followed.
Can I change tickets for another time slot?
Tickets purchased on www.keukenhof.nl can be changed to a different date or time slot up to seven days before arrival by clicking on the link in the confirmation email. The reservation is non-refundable if cancelled within seven days of the arrival date.
How much do group tickets cost?
Visit www.keukenhof.nl to purchase tickets for groups of 20 to 200 people. Tickets for adults are available for €17,- each.
How long can I stay in the park?
According to our research, visitors to Keukenhof spend an average of three hours there.
Are there special prices for school groups?
Elementary and secondary school students, as well as any accompanying adults, can purchase group tickets for € 6.00 each. There must be a minimum of 15 students in a group to qualify. Parking is free for buses, but it costs € 6.00 per vehicle for everyone else. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my ticket be scanned from my smartphone?
It’s possible, yes. Turn your screen brightness all the way up to maximum.
Who can I contact for questions regarding my ticket order?
If you have any questions or concerns about your tickets, you can reach us at email@example.com (orders).
How does Keukenhof implement the Covid-19 measures in the park?
The “Veilig Samen Uit” (Safe Together) protocol was developed by the Netherlands’ largest daytime attractions and is followed by Keukenhof. As mandated by social distance rules of 1.5 metres, we put safeguards in place that are tailored to these rules, as well as providing ample and clear information and additional hygienic precautions. Keukenhof has a daily limit on the number of visitors it can accommodate. To avoid the busiest times of the day, we’ve created time slots.
What will happen if another travel ban is imposed next spring because of Covid-19 or if Keukenhof is not allowed to open?
Government restrictions at the time of cancellation resulted in cancellations, which will be honoured.
When is Keukenhof open?
Keukenhof is open from 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021, and Sunday, May 9, 2021.
Can I bring my own food and drink into the park?
This is acceptable, so go ahead and do it. A guest is not allowed to bring in any outside food or drink into the restaurant.
Can I ride my bike in the park?
Keukenhof is not a house; it’s a park in the Netherlands where you can go for walks. You can rent bicycles to get around the area near the main entrance in the parking lot.
Are dogs allowed in the park?
No more than one dog is allowed per person in Keukenhof; dogs must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the pavilions or restaurants, with the exception of guide or guide dogs. There are dog waste bags available from our entrance controllers.
Can I fly a drone over the park?
Absolutely not. Drone flying is strictly prohibited to protect the park’s patrons.
I lost an object at Keukenhof. Did you find it?
Items that have been reported missing or found are gathered and entered into iLost. Visit this page to see if your lost item has been located.
I ordered a book from the park online, where can I get it back?
The park book has information on Keukenhof. After placing your order, you’ll get an email with a voucher allowing you to pick up your guide at the information desk.
Can I walk through the bulb fields?
No. It is prohibited to walk through the bulb fields due to the potential harm to the bulbs. The bulb growers own the land where their crops are grown. Take photos from the road as long as you stay on the shoulder.
When can I see the flowery corso of the bulb region?
The Flower Corso in the bulb region will be phased out in 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 measurements.
Where can I book a guided tour?
As a result of the Covid-19 regulations, we will no longer provide group guided tours in 2021.
When is the best time to visit Keukenhof?
When it comes to Keukenhof’s flowering, the seasons change. Daffodils, hyacinths, and early tulips are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Species that bloom later in the season, such as tulips, have longer bloom times. Do you desire peace and quiet while visiting Keukenhof? Before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., the park is much more peaceful. Additionally, the busiest days of the week are Monday through Wednesday.
Can I park at Keukenhof?
Keukenhof has an abundance of parking spaces. A six-euro fee applies to parking after 7:30 p.m. The parking lot near the main entrance has electric car charging stations.
How much does parking cost?
Coaches have free parking. Parking in the city costs 6,- Euros per day for cars.
Where can I park my bike/scooter?
Near the park’s entrances is a bicycle park. Parking your scooter or bike there is free of charge.
Where can coaches park?
Coaches are welcome to use the main parking lot entrance and park free of charge.
Are there restaurants in the park?
Yes, there are numerous dining options in the park. There are also mobile sales kiosks in the park.
Where can I rent bicycles?
You can rent bicycles to get around the area from the parking lot near the main entrance. You should be aware that walking on the bulb fields is strictly forbidden because doing so harms the bulbs. The bulb growers own the land where their crops are grown. Take photos from the road as long as you stay on the shoulder.
Are there recharging points for cars and electric bicycles?
They do exist, yes. The main entrance parking lot has electric vehicle charging stations. Ask the attendant where the charging stations are when you arrive at the parking lot. You can recharge your electric bike in the bike rental parking lot in an emergency.
Is it possible to spend the night in the parking lot with a motorhome?
No. Parking lot sleeping is strictly prohibited. You can park your RV in the parking lot for € 6,00 during your trip to Keukenhof. The parking lot shuts down at 19:30. There are numerous campgrounds to choose from nearby if you want to spend the night.
Can I rent a wheelchair?
The park has a large disabled restroom and is wheelchair-accessible (electric). Electric wheelchairs are allowed on the premises. They aren’t available at Keukenhof. It costs five euros to rent a wheelchair if you have limited mobility. Wheelchair reservations are available when purchasing tickets online. There is a 20.00 euro cash deposit required for wheelchair use. This money will be yours once the wheelchair has been returned.
What should I do with my luggage when I visit Keukenhof?
Lockers near the front door are perfect for storing small items like purses and backpacks. The locker measures 25x55x45 cm.
Photo tour of Keukenhof Garden
Take a virtual tour of this lovely garden by clicking on the images below: