Visit Keukenhof from Amsterdam: tickets, prices, opening hours

Visiter Keukenhof

Visit Keukenhof during your stay in Amsterdam: how to explore the world’s largest floral park for tulip lovers?

During your stay in Amsterdam, be sure to visit Keukenhof, a gigantic 32-hectare park located in Lisse, 30 kilometers from the Dutch capital. Open every year from mid-March to mid-May, this floral park – described as the most beautiful garden in the world – attracts over a million tourists in less than two months. It’s made up of over seven million bulbs! It’s an international landmark for bulbs, flowers and plants.

A visit to Keukenhof represents all the charm of the Netherlands in a single park: in spring, vast multicolored fields of tulips sublimate Holland, offering visitors an enchanting backdrop. It’s a must for romantic breaks just a stone’s throw from Amsterdam, in the Bollenstreek triangle between Haarlem and Leiden. We tell you how to visit Keukenhof.

Presentation and brief history of Keukenhof

Keukenhof was created in the 15th century as part of the Teylingen Castle estate. It was originally used as a hunting ground, and also as a vegetable garden. It was here that Jacqueline of Bavaria (1401-1436) collected vegetables and herbs to flavor her cooking. Keukenhof literally means « kitchen garden ».

Keukenhof, Amsterdam

Photo credit: Flickr – dvidal.lorente

The Netherlands’ love affair with the tulip is not endemic, however: it was a Frenchman, Charles de L’Écluse – or Carolus Clusius – (1526-1609) who imported this brightly-colored flower from the Turkish Ottoman Empire to Holland. The tulip trade soon flourished, and the bulbs were subject to limitless speculation: by the 17th century, tulips were so highly prized that they were used as currency until the first financial bubble of the modern era!

It wasn’t until 1949 that the park was transformed and redesigned to host the bulb flower show, at the instigation of the then mayor of Lisse.

The beds in this sand and clay soil are designed by the architects up to a year before the park opens. The special thing about Keukenhof bulbs is that they are planted by hand, between October and December. Imagine: 7 million bulbs planted by hand in three months! For the gardeners, this represents a titanic amount of preparation.

When should you visit Keukenhof and its tulip fields?

Tulips are at their peak from April 15. Crocuses can be seen from the end of March, followed by narcissi, hyacinths, roses, orchids, lilies and daffodils in mid-April, to delight the gaze of a million visitors who, for the duration of a walk, are invited on a poetic journey to the front row of a flamboyant floral spectacle. The height of aesthetics!

To make the most of Keukenhof, visit the park before 10.30 am or after 4 pm. The light provided by the morning and evening sun makes for superb photos. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are also quieter than other days of the week.

Keukenhof, Amsterdam

Photo credit: Flickr – Jayjay P

What to visit in Keukenhof Floral Park?

In the park, four exhibition pavilions present floral shows throughout the season, a unique opportunity to contemplate the artistry of the 90 or so Dutch horticulturists at work.

In addition to 800 different kinds of tulips, these pavilions feature sublime gardens of hyacinths, daffodils, carnations, irises and orchids, whose scented flavors awaken the sensation of pleasure.

When you visit Keukenhof and its tulip fields, you’ll plunge into an enchanting universe for a grandiose, but alas, ephemeral spectacle.

And who knows? Perhaps you too will be infected by the « Tulipomania » virus, and so be tempted to flood your garden with a thousand and one flowers when you return from vacation. You can order from the growers on site.

You can visit Keukenhof on your own, but guided tours are also available – mainly in English, with a few in French. Ideal if you want to be taken care of from A to Z, for a half-day visit.

Keukenhof, Amsterdam

Photo credit: Flickr – Carlos Perez

Keukenhof: opening hours, prices, how to get there…

How to get to Keukenhof

Finding the park and visiting Keukenhof is easy. The address is: Keukenhof Flower Garden, 2161 AM, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The train from Amsterdam Central Station takes you toSchiphol airport for around €4. From there, a bus runs every fifteen minutes to Keukenhof Park.

By bus, from Amsterdam: take line 197 from Leidseplein/Museumplein to Schipol, then board the Keukenhof Express (bus 858), the Leiden line (854) or the Haarlem line (850).

Opening dates and times

Keukenhof Park will be open from March 21 to May 10, 2020 inclusive, every day from 8am to 7:30pm (ticket office hours: 8am to 6pm).

The site is accessible to people with reduced mobility, and is equipped with disabled toilets. You can hire a wheelchair free of charge (please book before 5pm the day before your visit). Dogs are allowed in the park, but only on a leash.

The pavilions are equipped with free WiFi hotspots. A free map of Keukenhof is available at the ticket office, information desk and park entrance.

Keukenhof admission prices

  • Children under 3: free
  • Ages 4 to 11: €8
  • Adults: €16
  • Groups of 20 to 200 people: €13.50
  • Return bus ticket from Schipol, Leiden or Haarlem: €24
  • Return bus ticket from Amsterdam: €29
  • Bus ticket for children aged 4 to 11, departing from Amsterdam, Schipol, Leiden or Haarlem: €12.50
  • Guide: €5
  • Car parking: €6

Due to the large number of visitors, we recommend that you buy your Keukenhof ticket online in advance. Via the button above, you can book a ticket with or without transport from Amsterdam, guided tours from Amsterdam, and even a guided tour of Keukenhof coupled with a cruise for just €55.

Otherwise, tulip lovers will have to be patient when visiting Keukenhof, as long queues can form at the park entrance. To save time, opt for an advance ticket that allows you to enter the park as a V.I.P. member and enjoy this unique setting.

Keukenhof is also available for guided tours from The Hague and Rotterdam.

Where to stay near Keukenhof?

You can also stay in Amsterdam, as the capital is close to the park. However… imagine cycling around the flower fields when most tourists have returned to Amsterdam, or arriving early at Keukenhof to take photos of the deserted garden. This is possible if you stay in one of the hotels near Keukenhof in the Bollenstreek region.