Visiting Keukenhof, the world’s largest tulip garden

Tulips at Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

The arrival of spring in the Netherlands is made official by the bloom of hyacinths, daffodils and of course, the world-famous Dutch tulips. There’s something very charming and quaint about these vibrant flowers, and the pride the Dutch feel about them is hard to miss, especially in this time of the year. From wooden versions in souvenir shops and cellophane wrapped bouquets in supermarkets to postcards and their depiction on a multitude of renaissance paintings, it’s safe to say the once known as “tulip mania” is now a deeply rooted Dutch tradition.

My second visit to the Netherlands just over a week ago had a quick day trip to the tulip field filled countryside in store for us. Venturing a little further out of the city of Amsterdam, we finally made our way to Lisse to explore the most beautiful tulip garden in the world – Keukenhof! And honestly? I can’t believe it took us this long to get us out there.

Tulips and Keukenhof windmill - Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Tulips mixture - Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Oh my God, this place! Keukenhof is undoubtedly one of the main tourist attractions in the Netherlands and perhaps even in the world during spring. For just eight weeks every year, usually between late March and early May, this countryside farm transforms into a colourful sea of spring flowers. The pastels! The vibrant orange and red tones! We couldn’t have been more fortunate with the weather – the bright sunshine of mid April meant the tulips were at their best and created the most beautiful patchwork of infinite colours.

Tulips at Keukenhof - Lisse, Netherlands

Smelling tulips in Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Red and white tulips at Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Now here’s a bit of history for ya! Contrary to popular belief, tulips aren’t originally from the Netherlands but were introduced from Turkey in the 16th century, then the Ottoman Empire. Dutch people were so incredibly fascinated by them that their price increased considerably during the Dutch Golden Age – so much that tulips could even cost more than a house! That being said, it’s not a surprise that Keukenhof is a bit of an institution in the Netherlands. Literally “Kitchen Garden“, it was once where herbs were gathered for the kitchen of the Hainaut castle, the former residence of Countess Jacoba van Beieren. In 1840, the land was transformed to accommodate 32 sweeping hectares of spring flowers (I know, casual). And although the seven million plus tulips are the stars of the show, these certainly aren’t the only flowers and surprises at Keukenhof.

The gardens and indoor conservatories (all named after Dutch royals – Willem-Alexander, Beatrice, Oranje Nassau, Juliana and Wilhelmina) are filled with orchids (like we saw at the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival), carnations, roses, beautiful cherry trees in blossom, hyacinths and even lilies. We largely spent the most of our afternoon marvelling at the vivid contrast of the flowers with the surrounding green trees, as if crafted by magic.

Signpost at Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Pink tulips at Keukenhof, Lisse Netherlands

Tulips - Keukenhof, Netherlands

Another very exciting bit are the twenty-four sculptures by different artists dotted throughout the gardens, a maze with hidden lookout points, canals, a farm and a traditional Dutch windmill overlooking the tulip fields. It’s safe to say it had me at hello. Not only did we get to go inside the windmill (I know!), but we had the pleasure of experiencing a typical Dutch panorama. I must admit I felt very pleased to finally tick this very much “tourist mode” moment off my travel bucket list.

Pink and white tulips at Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Tulip Pink Size at Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Tulip display at Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

How to get to Keukenhof

The best way to get from Amsterdam to Keukenhof is by bus, car or train. Out of the three, and mainly due to the lack of a car, a quick bus round trip on the same day seemed like the easiest and most comfortable option for us. Plus, there’s something quite incredible about the moments in-between the start and end of your journey, especially when you get to see the Dutch countryside from the window!

Luckily, and as a bonus point for those who like skipping long queues, Keukenhof offers the option to pre-book either just an entrance ticket for 17€ or a combination ticket which includes an entrance fee and return transport. The direct buses to Keukenhof included are:

  • Bus 50, Haarlem to Keukenhof
  • Bus 90, Katwijk/Noordwijk to Keukenhof
  • Keukenhof Express Bus 859, Hoofddorp to Keukenhof
  • Keukenhof Express Bus 854, Leiden to Keukenhof
  • Keukenhof Express Bus 858, Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof
  • Keukenhof Express Bus 852, Europaplein (Amsterdam) to Keukenhof

All of them cost 25€, except the one from Amsterdam, which is slightly pricier – 30€. However, if you are up for an adventure and fancy driving all the way there (it’s only 38.7km after all!), a Keukenhof parking ticket will cost you an extra 6€.

Orange tulips at Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Tulip Menton at Keukenhof - Lisse, Netherlands

Tulip fields, Netherlands

It was so special visiting Keukenhof and it really offered something different to a regular city break to Amsterdam. The endless views of photogenic and vibrant tulips meant we really got to soak all the dazzling beauty of the Dutch countryside in. With Keukenhof having so much to offer, I highly recommend popping by when you get the change – that is, during primetime spring!

Have you been to Keukenhof or seen the Dutch tulip fields before? Where’s your favourite place to visit when during Spring? If you loved our post, please leave us a comment, pin some photos and show us some love on social media using the buttons below 🙂

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Keukenhof opening times for 2019: 08:00 – 19:30, from 21 March to 19 May 2019.
The Keukenhof 2020 opening times are from 21 March to May 10 2020.

Keukenhof | Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands keukenhof.nl


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34 comments

  1. Kaye

    We was planning to go visit the Netherlands during the Easter break just to see the beautiful Tulip farm. Unfortunately the family has planned to go somewhere else. Can’t believe how beautiful the colours of the tulips are. Your photos are amazing and love how detailed and informative your blog post is from entrance fee costs, bus routes or transport available and opening times. Keep on sharing 👍👍👍

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    1. blushrougette

      Oh wow, this is amazing, thank you so much! I hope you get to see the tulips next year, they are absolutely worth it! x

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  2. Holly

    Beautiful pictures. It’s on my list to visit! Last time we went to Amsterdam we missed the opening times by a week!

    Holly x
    http://www.ldnmuse.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Oh no! Make sure you check the opening times for next year, it’s absolutely worth checking it out! x

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  3. chloe

    Wow so beautiful! Loved the history too x

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Chloe 🙂 x

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  4. Lucy

    Great post as always Gratsi! Definitely going to try and visit next year 😄 x

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    1. blushrougette

      Yay, you’re going to love it! x

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  5. Jane

    I’ve been to Amsterdam quite a few times but never been to see the tulips. Definitely going now although I’ll have to wait until next year now. Photos are beautiful. Really makes me want to be there x

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    1. blushrougette

      Definitely worth checking out! x

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  6. Ellyn Rebecca

    Those colours! My mum goes to the Netherlands a lot for work, will have to tell her to visit when she next goes! I suffer with hayfever, so definitely would have to stock up on antihistamines before visiting haha!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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    1. blushrougette

      Make sure she goes when it’s primetime spring, as Keukenhof is closed for the rest of the year! x

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  7. Vivian

    The tulips are so beautiful!

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    1. blushrougette

      They are, aren’t they! x

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  8. Chloe Osborn

    Oh wow this looks like such a stunning place! I can’t believe how vibrant the colours are! This is definitely on my list to visit one day, I really want to go to the Netherlands.

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    1. blushrougette

      I couldn’t recommend it enough! x

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  9. Emma Lisa

    Beautiful photos – this place looks incredible! x

    https://www.emmalisa.co.uk

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much! x

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  10. Kristin Harris/Tales From Home

    Oh my gosh! This seems like such a beautiful place to visit! I love flowers in general and to see something this colorful and vibrant is definitely on my bucket list!

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    1. blushrougette

      You’d love it, I’m sure! x

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  11. ThatAutisticFitChick

    aaaaaah these photos are all stunning! What an array of colours with all the flowers, thank you for taking us on your trip with you!
    I love that you’ve included the busses and prices for travel <3

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thank you! What a lovely comment! x

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  12. Tabitha

    When I was little, I went on a family trip to Amsterdam and we visited the tulip gardens and I remember how gorgeous they were! I would love to visit again one day!

    Tabitha 💛🌵🤠
    http://www.latenightsandlattes.co.uk

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    1. blushrougette

      Ohhh you need to go back, they are incredible! x

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  13. Molly Catherine

    What a gorgeous post! Love how you’ve included some history in there and the photography is incredibly beautiful! Fab post 🙂 x

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thank you so much! x

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  14. Alexandra Wrigley

    I’ve visited Holland roughly about five times now. It wasn’t until this year when a friend visited I heard about the Tulip festival! The vibrant colours from your photos of the Tulips in Keukenhof look mesmerisingly beautiful! I bet it set your mood so right for spring. I must add this to my bucket list.

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    1. blushrougette

      I love the Netherlands too! I actually cannot wait to go back, and to hasn’t even been a month! x

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  15. Jaya Avendel

    I have not traveled much but I want to travel more. After taking my first trip back in April, I found I loved the new experiences. This place looks so amazing and full of color! Thank you for sharing the experience with those of us who have not been . . . yet.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much! x

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  16. Ashley

    Ok, Keukenhof has just been added to my travel list! What a picturesque place! Your photos are amazing – the colours are so vibrant! xxx

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you so much 🙂 x

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  17. Annelize

    Stunning pictures! Keukenhof has to be one of my favourite places so far – thank you for taking me back!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you so much for your comment Annelize 🙂

      Reply

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