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Keukenhof 2023: seven million tulips and other flowers

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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 Opening Times in 2023

Keukenhof is open from March 23, 2022 — May 14, 2023, from 8:00 am until 7:30 pm.

In case this is still an issue in 2023, the park implements the COVID-19 safety measures drawn up by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Should it be necessary, Keukenhof then receives a maximum number of visitors per day. To prevent busy times during the day, the park implements timeslots.

Keukenhof Gardens Skip-the-Line Tickets

Generally, tickets go on sale about a month before the park opens.

Keukenhof 2022: 7 Million Spring Flowers
Open: March 24 — May 15, 8:00 am — 7:30 pm
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Amsterdam-Keukenhof Transfer + Skip-the-Line Ticket

The vast majority of 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).

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 was closed in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park reopened in 2022.

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.

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.

Keukenhof FAQ

Keukenhof Statistics

After having been closed for 2 years during the COVID-19 pandemic, Keukenhof reopened in March, 2022. The park was open from March 24 until May 15 — 7 weeks and 3 days.

During that time, Keukenhof welcomed 1.1 million visitors from over 100 countries. It was a much better season than the park had expected.

Most visitors (25%) came from the Netherlands. In the Top 10 of countries of origin, the Netherlands is followed by Germany, America, France and Great Britain. The number of visitors from China and India has dropped considerably due to travel restrictions.

In the 2019 season the park was open 60 days — a little over 8 weeks. During that pre-Corona time 1.5 million people visited the park.

In 2020 and 2021 the park remained closed due to COVID-19.

Keukenhof reopened in March, 2022. It was open from March 24 until May 15 — 7 weeks and 3 days.

Bloemencorso 2022: 75th 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.

There were no bloemencorsos in 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 75th Bloemencorso Bollenstreek will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

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.

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)

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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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