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The Ultimate Guide To Keukenhof Tulips

A rainbow of tulip flowers at the entrance of Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands

If you’ve ever looked into visiting the Netherlands, then you know that the best time to visit is during the tulip season, which occurs from mid-March to mid-May. During this time, Amsterdam tulips fields are in full bloom and totally majestic. The Keukenhof Gardens is one of the best places to see these lovely spring flowers in action.

Keukenhof Gardens is actually located in the town of Lisse, approximately thirty minutes from the center of Amsterdam. It is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, where more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted each year. The vibrant European garden opened to the public in 1950 and quickly became an international sensation.

The world-famous garden welcomes well over a million visitors annually to its amazing and colorful tulip festival. Any visitors planning to head to Amsterdam in the springtime should definitely add this place to their list of must-sees!

Since the Keukenhof tulip gardens are not located in a huge city, there is some preparation that goes into visiting. We’ve prepared this ultimate guide so that you are equipped with everything you need to know about the gardens, where to stay, how to get there, and everything in between!

About Keukenhof Gardens

A rainbow of tulip flowers at the entrance of Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands
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Keukenhof (“Kitchen Garden” in English) is the most famous tulip garden in the Netherlands, and one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It’s located in South Holland, and the entire Keukenhof Park spans 32 hectares filled with winding paths, beautiful flower fields, and indoor flower shows.

The park is divided into several gardens, indoor exhibits, and multiple other features. In addition to the wonderful blooms, visitors can enjoy a playground, photo spots, boat rides, and food trucks. At the main entrance, you can buy fresh flowers and souvenirs to take back home.

Admire the seemingly endless tulip fields with trails of pink, yellow, white, orange, and ombre flower bulbs as you wander through the fields. Other spring flowers at Keukenhof include daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. Each spring, the best things to do in Amsterdam pretty much always involve tulips, and there’s no better place in the world to do it than Keukenhof.


To visit Keukenhof Gardens, you will need to purchase an entrance ticket. Keukenhof tickets are slightly cheaper when booking online versus at the on-site ticket office, so keep that in mind. Children 3 and younger are free, while…

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