Keukenhof is the world famous flower garden park – one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, attracting 1.4 million visitors during springtime.
NOTE: Due to the coronavirus Keukenhof will not open in 2020.
If you are in Amsterdam during the spring then you should absolutely consider making a day excursion out to the Keukenhof Gardens park.
The Netherlands is well-known as a leading flower producer and Keukenhof helps showcase this reputation.
Keukenhof is the one of the largest flower gardens in the world, set in 32 hectares and originally opened in 1949. It is located in the small town of Lisse about 25km south-west of Amsterdam in the Bollenstreek (bulb-growing) area of the country.
The Keukenhof gardens are beautifully landscaped and contain some 7 million flowers – all hand planted – including 800 varieties of tulips and a fine collection of orchids.
The park is only open for 2 months during the springtime with the best time to visit probably around mid-April.
The Keukenhof 2020 season was due to run from 21 March to 10 May 2020 and the 71st year theme was to be A World of Colours. You can see a video of the garden here.
You can easily spend the whole day exploring the park and its 15km of walking paths. There are large indoor exhibition pavilions named after the Dutch royals – Willem-Alexander, Oranje-Nassau, Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix and Irene.
The pavilions host colourful floral displays which change on a weekly basis.
There is an exhibition about tulip mania (Tulpomania) at the Juliana pavilion, a traditional 19th century Dutch windmill, lots of water features and an electric boat ride (45 minutes) past the adjacent bulb fields. The park also contains many outdoor artwork sculptures.
You can pick up a free Keukenhof map near the entrance to guide you around the park.
There are café/restaurant facilities at each pavilion with outdoor terrace seating. There are many benches placed throughout the park where you can sit down and take a break. Free WiFi is available.
For children there is a small farm, playground, maze and treasure hunt activity.
A free daily guided tour at 1400 starts at the Juliana pavilion. Group tours can also be arranged at extra cost.
It is possible to purchase flower bulbs which can be shipped worldwide.
Outfit DDA Classic Airlines occasionally runs scenic flights from Amsterdam Schiphol and Lelystad airports. These fly over the bulb fields near Keukenhof using a KLM-branded DC3 Dakota aircraft at an altitude 450m.
For flower and garden lovers the Keukenhof Gardens is a must-visit experience.
Keukenhof 2020 Essential Info
|Opening Times||Closed in 2020.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€19 for adults, €9 for children 4-17. Car parking costs €6. The boat rides cost €8 for adults, €4 for children 4-11.|
|Getting There||Arriva operate bus services from various points around the region (see below for more info).
By Car: Accessible from the A4 motorway (exit Nieuw-Vennep) or A44 motorway (exit 3, Lisse).
Keukenhof, Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, The Netherlands
T: +31(0)252 465 555
Amsterdam to Keukenhof by Public Transport (2020)
During the Keukenhof season, Arriva bus 852 runs daily from Europaplein bus stop (near RAI Amsterdam) to Keukenhof-Lisse up to 8x hourly. The journey takes about 33 minutes. A day return ticket costs €14.50 (no cash accepted on-board, payment by card only). A children’s day ticket (age 4-11) costs €7.50.
The first bus leaves Amsterdam at 0835; note, the last bus back departs Keukenhof at 1853. See the 2020 timetable (Dutch) at the operator’s site here
To get to Europaplein from central Amsterdam you can take GVB Metro line 52 to Europaplein station, exit the station and walk across to the bus stop.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof by Public Transport (2020)
Arriva bus 858 Keukenhof Express runs daily from Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof up to 8x hourly. The bus leaves from the airport Boulevard, come out of the station hall and walk right. This journey also takes about 33 minutes. A day ticket costs €11 (no cash accepted on-board, payment by card only). A children’s day ticket (age 4-11) costs €7.50.
The first bus leaves Schiphol at 0757; the last bus back departs Keukenhof at 1954. See the full 2020 timetable (Dutch) here
If you are coming from Amsterdam and wish to stay later at Keukenhof then you can always take the 858 bus to Schiphol airport and change to the Amsterdam airport bus 397 which goes to the Leidseplein area of central Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is available at Iamsterdam visitor centres, NS, Connexxion, EBS, GVB ticket offices. This is a 1 day (€19.50), 2 day (€28) or 3 day (€36.50) ticket which is valid on all public transport in the greater Amsterdam region and is valid for the trip to Keukenhof.
The ticket includes NS trains, regional buses (including bues 852/858/397) and all GVB Amsterdam buses, metro and trams. Note that a single day’s validity runs from 0000 (day 1) to 0400 (day 2).
Other bus services to Keukenhof include Arriva bus 859 from Hoofddorp station, Arriva bus 854 from Leiden station, Arriva bus 50 from Haarlem station.
A combi-ticket which includes Keukenhof entrance and the return 852 bus ride from Amsterdam costs €32.50 (children 4-11 €14). A combi-ticket from Schiphol, Leiden, Hoofddorp or Haarlem costs €27.50 (children 4-17 €14).