Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful flower gardens. It’s best known for its large number of colorful tulips, which are an important symbol of the country. Keukenhof is among the most popular and most visited attractions in the Netherlands.
In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know to plan your trip to Keukenhof. This article contains updated information for the coming season, Keukenhof 2024.
What is Keukenhof?
Keukenhof is a world-famous flower garden, located in the municipality of Lisse, a small town in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. It’s best known for its large amount of tulips which are among the country’s symbols. Keukenhof tulip garden is one of the world’s largest flower gardens and one of the most visited attractions in the Netherlands.
What started as a herbs and vegetable garden in the 15th century has become one of the world’s most popular flower gardens that attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year.
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. For this reason, 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 April.
With tulips being the highlight, the best time to visit Keukenhof is the second half of April.
What to See in Keukenhof?
Keukenhof is a beautifully decorated flower garden. It has countless flower beds, streams, green areas and lakes. Keukenhof is a very vast area measuring about 32 hectares in size on which grows about 7 million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids and many more flower species.
Note that Keukenhof is a garden. The huge, colorful tulip fields are therefore not to be found in the park itself, but in the small side streets around the park.
Activities for Children
Keukenhof is a great place to visit 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 2024
Keukenhof is open from mid-March to mid-May, when the tulips are in bloom. The exact dates vary slightly from year to year. In 2024 Keukenhof will be open from 21st March to 12th May.
During those dates, the park is open daily (7 days a week, from Monday to Sunday) from 8 am to 7.30 pm. The last admission is at 6 pm.
We recommend that you visit Keukenhof in the morning hours. There are much less visitors in the morning hours which means you’ll get beautiful pictures without crowds. In the late morning hours and in the afternoon, you can expect more visitors here, especially on sunny days. Weekdays (Monday to Friday) are usually quieter than weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
Admission and Ticket Prices
Keukenhof are available on site as well as online. We highly recommend that you purchase your ticket online, prior to your visit. That’s because there’s a limited number of tickets available every day to ensure the park doesn’t get too crowded.
The Keukenhof online ticket is €19.50 (adults) and €9.00 for children aged 4-17. Children under 3 years of age have free admission. If you have bought your ticket online, you won’t have to queue at the ticket office on site.
How to Get to Keukenhof
Keukenhof is located in Lisse, a small town near Leiden, in the province of South Holland. It’s geographically situated between Amsterdam and The Hague. You can get to Keukenhof by car, by public transport or by guided tour.
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Keukenhof is by car. Keukenhof is close to highways A4 and A44 which connect Amsterdam and The Hague. Leiden is about 20 minutes drive, Rotterdam is only 45 minutes by car and Amsterdam 40 minutes.
The travel time from Germany (German border, near Venlo) is about 2.5 hours.
If you travel by car, you can simply search for Keukenhof on Google Maps or copy the full address to your GPS: Stationsweg 166a, 2161 AM Lisse.
There’s a spacious car park right in front of the entrance. Parking costs €6.00 a day. There’s free parking on the outskirts of the park, close to the highway. While walking from the car park to the flower garden would be a little too far, it’s a great option if you carry your bike(s). You can park your car at the free car park, cycle to Keukenhof and keep your bikes there (free of charge) during your visit. The location of the free car park on Google Maps is Hyacintenlaan Parking.
Guided tours are a great option if you’d like to visit Keukenhof on a daytrip from Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Den Haag (The Hague). Some tours include a guide on site, others are only transportation. Depending on where you travel from, those guided tours can be a true time-saver when compared to public transport. With public transport being quite expensive in the Netherlands, guided tours (or transport-only provided by a private operator) are sometimes more affordable than a bus/train ticket.
By Public Transport
What’s interesting to know about Keukenhof is that it’s located in a small village, Lisse, which is quiet in terms of visitors and bus connections. However, the situation completely changes during the spring season (when Keukenhof is open), and over 1.5 million visitors from around the globe travel to Keukenhof.
Many of those visitors don’t drive, and that’s where public transportation is needed. As mentioned above, the most convenient way for those who don’t drive is joining a (guided) bus tour (either with guide on site or transfer-only).
To accommodate the increased number of visitors during the opening times of Keukenhof, there are several additional bus connections to Lisse (Keukenhof), known as Keukenhof Express. These buses offer direct connections (without inbetween stops) to the main entrance of Keukenhof. Besides, there are a few regular bus lines from nearby places that operate year-round.
How to get to Keukenhof by public transport:
- Katwijk, Noordwijk and Noordwijkerhout: Bus 90 will take you to Keukenhof. This is a regular bus connection with stops. The bus stop for Keukenhof is called “Keukenhofdreef” located a 5-minute walk from the main entrance.
- Leiden: Bus 852 departs at the Central Station and heads straight to Keukenhof (no stops).
- Amsterdam RAI (Europaplein): Take bus 852 (Express bus) to get to Keukenhof without stops.
- Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport): Take bus 858, an express connection (no stops) that brings you straight to the main entrance of Keukenhof.
- Amstelveen: If you travel from Amstelveen, take bus 300 to get to Schiphol Airport, from there take the Express bus to Keukenhof.
- Amsterdam South: If you’re in the South of Amsterdam, head to the station Amsterdam Zuid and take bus 341 to Schiphol. From there, an Express bus will take you to Keukenhof.
- Amsterdam center: Are you in the city center of Amsterdam? Then you have several choices. You can travel to RAI from Amsterdam Central Station (metro 52) and take the Express bus from there. If you’re at Leidseplein or Museumplein, take bus 397 to get to Schiphol Airport and take the Express bus from there.
- Haarlem: There are two options available. Bus 50 is a regular bus (with inbetween stops) traveling to Keukenhof. There’s also an Express connection available. Both buses depart from the central station of Haarlem.
By the way, we have extracted the information on bus connection from the 9292.nl website, which is the leading website to plan your trip by public transport in the Netherlands.
Dogs in Keukenhof
Dogs are allowed at Keukenhof, but must be leashed. I didn’t bring my dog during my first visit to Keukenhof as I was afraid it would be too crowded for dogs. However, that wasn’t the case. On my following visits, my dog Pépa accompanied me to Keukenhof and she enjoyed it. The park is very vast so that your dog can walk comfortably.
Any Questions or Feedback?
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