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Keukenhof 2025: seven million tulips and other flowers

2025: Keukenhof Celebrates Its 76th Anniversary

  

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Keukenhof flower garden
On one of our visits to the Keukenhof gardens we heard a young boy exclaim, “Look ma! Fireworks made with flowers!”

Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It is the largest showcase platform for the Dutch flower industry. The park’s 7 million flower bulbs are supplied by 100 local flower bulb growers and exporters.

Keukenhof is situated in the town of Lisse, about 40 kilometer (25 miles) southwest of Amsterdam.

Keukenhof Gardens Skip-the-Line Tickets

Keukenhof tickets will start going on sale in January 2025. But you should book your hotel near Keukenhof as soon as possible.

Keukenhof 2025: 7 Million Spring Flowers
Open: March 20 — May 11, 8:00 am — 7:30 pm
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Amsterdam-Keukenhof Transfer + Skip-the-Line Ticket

Most visitors who book a day trip from Amsterdam prefer to buy a combination of Amsterdam-Keukenhof transfer + Skip-the-Line ticket (Most popular!).

The bus to Keukenhof departs next to the This is Holland 5D Flight Experience attraction (located behind the A’Dam Tower).

You get there with a short, free ferry ride across the River IJ behind Central Station. (Tip: arrive a little early so you can enjoy what we think are Amsterdam’s best fries, at the Pont Neuf kiosk just steps from the ferry dock).

Keukenhof tickets will start going on sale in January 2025. But you should book your hotel near Keukenhof as soon as possible.

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Hotels Near Keukenhof

In the 8 weeks a year that the Keukenhof garden is open to the public, it welcomes some 1.5 million people.

If you want to beat the crowds you should know that Keukenhof is least busy before 10:30 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. Tour buses usually arrive and leave between those times.

Therefore savvy travelers book a hotel, apartment, or bed & breakfast near Keukenhof.

See, for instance, Bed & Breakfast De Vier Seizoenen in the town of Lisse, an easy 15-20 minutes walk from the Keukenhof tulips garden.

Combine your stay with pre-purchased Skip-the-Line Keukenhof Tickets for a perfect head start.

What is Keukenhof?

Known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is the second largest flower garden in the world. 1

Keukenhof is renowned for its splendorous displays of tulips. But you’ll also see daffodils, crocuses, narcissuses, hyacinths, and many more spring flowers — 7 million flowers, from 800 varieties!

The garden is open just eight weeks a year. Yet it remains one of the most popular day trips from Amsterdam, and one of the top excursions in the Netherlands.

Keukenhof: largest sculpture collection in the Netherlands

In addition to the beautiful flower gardens, Keukenhof also has the oldest and largest sculpture collection in the Netherlands. It features some 70 sculptures and other works of art created by national and international artists.

Each year Keukenhof also has a temporary art collection. The park invites artists to exhibit and sell their work. This year the aim is to organize an exhibition that shows images that are beautifully integrated into their environment. Given the size of the park, it is fitting that there are statues of monumental size.

Keukenhof says, “We are working on a balance between the park with its many old bulb flowers, the old trees, and a place that art has in it. 18 artists are participating in the exhibition. By giving each object the best conceivable place, the art gains even more expressiveness and the park exudes even more atmosphere.”

Keukenhof by drone

Where is the Keukenhof garden

Keukenhof is located in the town of Lisse, in the province of South Holland, western Netherlands. That is 40 kilometer (25 miles) by car or coach from Amsterdam.

Surrounded by flower bulb fields, Lisse is the center of Dutch floriculture. The region — known as Duin- en Bollenstreek (Dutch for ‘Dune and Bulb region’) — is the largest of several flower bulb districts in the Netherlands.

It is also home to the world’s largest flower auction, in Aalsmeer.

During the Spring, visitors from around the world come to see the flower fields (not just tulips, mind you), the annual flower parade, and the Keukenhof flower garden.

Best time to see the tulips at Keukenhof

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When visiting the Keukenhof garden keep in mind the park-like setting. Depending on the weather you’ll want to dress in layers. Photo by Cszmurlo2

Each year Keukenhof plants 7 million flower bulbs, in such as way that all visitors get to see an amazing array of flowers regardless of when they visit.

Usually the best time to see the tulips in bloom is from about mid April through the first week of May.

Much depends on the weather. If sunny and warm spring-like weather starts early enough in March — as if often does — flowers are in bloom earlier than when it has been colder.

The weather in the Netherlands is notoriously fickle, and can differ vastly from one year to the next. But the effects of global warming are much in evidence here. A mild winter means tulips bloom early in April, or even at the end of March.

Crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and early tulips flower at the start of the season. Other flowers, including the (larger) tulips, bloom later in the season.

Bollenstreek: Bulb region — Flower fields

Tulip fields are concentrated in the Dutch countryside between Haarlem and Lisse. This area is known in Dutch as the Bollenstreek (bulb region).

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Bulb fields in the Netherlands. Well, clearly by now they’re flower fields.

Some flower fields can also be seen in the north of the province of Noord Holland, in the province of Friesland, and in the Oostpolder. But the most popular fields are those in the Bollenstreek, with the Keukenhof as its crown jewel.

Netherlands Flower Bulb Fields Helicopter Flight

Now here’s a unique way to see the flower bulb fields near Keukenhof: a helicopter flight.

Can you see the Flower Fields at Keukenhof?

Map of Keukenhof

Map of Keukenhof tulip garden
[Click image to view or download a larger map] Map of Keukenhof — 32 acres of tulips and other flowers

How much time to spend at Keukenhof

You’ll want to take your time to take it all in. The garden is 32 hectares (79 acres) in size. Here’s an easy way to picture that: Most sports fields are one hectare in size.

While not everyone wants to see every single flower, the fast majority of visitors spend about 4 hours in the park.

Mind you: realize that the park includes 15 kilometers of footpaths. Even if you return to the park on another day (which many visitors do, if not the same year than the next), you can always take another route.

Keep in mind that the Keukenhof also includes various indoor flowers shows and exhibitions3, as well as a fine collection of art. There are activities and events, such as the 72st edition of popular Flower Parade (Bloemencorso) on April 13.

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Keukenhof Statistics

Keukenhof welcomed almost 1.4 million people to the flower park during the eight weeks of its 2023 season.

The majority of visitors originated from the Netherlands (20%), followed by Germany, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Visitors from Asia have also returned, though not in pre-Covid numbers. The park welcomed visitors from over 100 countries this season.

Ever since the Covid close down, Keukenhof has used arrival timeslots for its tickets. This has greatly improved travel to and from the park, as well as visitors’ experience of the park.

In 2023, the park sold out on multiple weekends including over Easter, on the day of the flower parade and the weekend of May 1st.

2025 will mark Keukenhof’s 76th anniversary! Special park activities are in the planning.

Bloemencorso 2025: 77th Flower Parade

The annual Bloemencorso (flower parade) — known as Bloemencorso Bollenstreek — is not the only flower pageant in the Netherlands, but is one the oldest and largest in the world.

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek festival takes place over 5 days. All villages and towns in the bulb growing district in the west of the Netherlands together with the floral city of Haarlem take part in many activities surrounding the parade.

The parade itself, the 77th Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, will take place on [Date to be determined]. That’s when colorful floats and luxury vehicles decorated in masses of flowers travel a 42 km route.

Keukenhof is close to the parade route. Therefore, if you plan to visit Keukenhof on that day, make sure you arrive before 11:00 a.m. Many roads surrounding the garden are closed after that time, and the main parking lot will be inaccessible.

Tip: the parade passes alongside the Keukenhof entrance starting at about 15:45 (3:45 pm).

What does Keukenhof mean?

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Some early Keukenhof flower garden exhibition posters. Detail of a commemorative poster issued for the garden’s 60th anniversary (in 2009)

Get your Skip-The-Line Keukenhof Tickets here.

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Notes:

  1. The world’s largest garden is the Dubai Miracle Garden, but face it… Dubai cannot hold a candle to the Netherlands
  2. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license
  3. There are over 20 of these shows, at which renowned floral designers present wonderful creations that include the best flowers contributed by some 600 flower growers.
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