Keukenhof is well known worldwide, not only among tulip enthusiasts. This famous Dutch garden is located in the municipality of Lisse, a small town in the province of South Holland, near Leiden. The history of Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century, when herbs and vegetables were harvested from the garden by the Countess of the Castle. Today Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens in the world, attracting almost 1.5 million visitors annually from all over.
Below you will find everything you need to know for your visit, from best time to visit to admission.
Best Time to Visit Keukenhof
Flowers bloom in spring and so, Keukenhof is only open a few weeks a year, from mid-March to mid-May. From the middle of March the crocuses, hyacinths and narcissi bloom. The tulips bloom a little later, typically beginning in early April, and peaking at the mid/end of the month.
With tulips being the highlight, the best time to visit Keukenhof is mid-April.
What to See in Keukenhof?
Keukenhof is a beautiful garden, with countless flower beds, streams, green areas and lakes. Here you can view more than 7 million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids and many more flower species on 32 hectares of land. More than 800 different tulips bloom in splendid color here.
Note that Keukenhof is a garden. The huge, colorful tulip fields are therefore not to be found in the park itself, but in the many side streets around the park.
Activities for Children
Keukenhof is particularly suitable for families with children. There are many activities available, from designing your own flower mosaic and wreaths to lessons on tulip facts and history.
Keukenhof Opening Hours 2022
The Keukenhof is open from mid-March to mid-May, when the tulips are in bloom. In 2022 Keukenhof is open from 24th March to 15th May. The park opens daily (Monday – Sunday) at 8 a.m. and closes at 7.30 p.m. Admission is possible until 6 p.m. It is best to arrive in the morning, when the park is still quiet. You should plan an entire day for a full exploration of the park. Mondays through Thursdays are quieter than Fridays and weekends.
Every year Keukenhof presents itself under a different theme. In 2019, for example, it was ‘Flower Power’. In 2020 Keukenhof was closed due to the corona virus. In 2021, it reopened with a limited capacity.
Admission and Ticket Prices
It is best to buy your ticket in advance online. The Keukenhof online ticket costs €19.00 and saves you having to queue at the ticket office. Children under 3 years of age have free admission, visitors between 4 and 17 years of age pay €9.00. You can park in the spacious parking lots directly in front of the entrance. Parking costs €6.00 a day. You might find free parking on the outskirts of the park toward the highway.
Dogs in Keukenhof
Dogs are allowed at Keukenhof, but must be leashed.
How to Get to Keukenhof
Keukenhof is located in the small town of Lisse, not far from Leiden, between Amsterdam and The Hague. If you are making a round trip through Holland or a day trip, the easiest way to get here is by car. Lisse is also easily accessible by public transport.
If you come from Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Den Haag, there are several guided tours that include direct transport to Keukenhof and back.
Address: Stationsweg 166a, 2161 AM Lisse.