With 7 million flower bulbs planted every year across 79 acres (32 hectares), Keukenhof Gardens is a colorful sea of 800 varieties of tulips and other spring flowers, attracting visitors from around the globe who want to see the Netherlands' iconic tulip fields. More than 9 miles (15 km) of footpaths provide space to stroll around the park, take photos of flowers in bloom, and enjoy this favorite Holland tradition.
Keukenhof is open for just two months each spring, making the annual event one of the most popular in Europe. In addition to the flower fields, the park is a kid-friendly venue home to canals, restaurants, a picnic area, a maze, a playground, and a windmill, providing plenty to see and do as you walk around. Consider booking a tour or ticket with skip-the-line access to ensure you get to experience the flowers in bloom, and plan to spend a half or full day exploring the park. Combo tours are available if you'd like to check out additional locations in Holland such as Marken and Volendam fishing villages or Zaanse Schans.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Keukenhof is only open from mid-March to mid-May.
- Lockers are available to store luggage.
- The park is wheelchair accessible.
- Wi-Fi is available throughout the park.
How to Get There
Keukenhof is located in the town of Lisse, about an hour southwest of Amsterdam in the Dutch countryside. Booking a Keukenhof Gardens tour or ticket package with included transportation and admission is the most convenient way to get there, although public transport is also available from Amsterdam city center if you plan to visit on your own.
When to Get There
Keukenhof is open from mid-March to mid-May each year. Special events such as the flower parade and exhibitions are held during these two months, so check the Keukenhof website for a calendar if you're interested in timing your visit appropriately.
Keukenhof Flower Shows and Exhibitions
While the park is open, about 20 rotating flower and plant shows take place inside the park's pavilions, allowing travelers to see and learn about specific varieties of flowers such as orchids, lilies, and, of course, tulips.