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Keukenhof Gardens – Spring Flower Park in Holland

Keukenhof is the world famous flower garden park – one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, normally attracting 1.5 million visitors during springtime.

Keukenhof is the one of the largest flower gardens in the world, set in 32 hectares. The Netherlands is well-known as a leading flower producer and Keukenhof helps showcase this reputation.

Keukenhof originates back to the 15th century, the site of the Slot Teylingen (Teylingen Castle) where fruit and vegetables were grown at the Keukenduin (kitchen dunes).

The Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate covered an impressive 200 hectares. The castle gardens were redesigned in 1857 by landscape architect Jan David Zocher and son Louis Paul Zocher (who both designed Vondelpark in Amsterdam).

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Keukenhof tulips

In 1949 a group of Dutch flower bulb growers came together with a plan to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs. Subsequently, Keukenhof opened its doors for the first time in 1950 and received over 200,000 visitors in its first year.

Where is Keukenhof? The Keukenhof Gardens are located in the small town of Lisse about 26km south-west of Amsterdam. This is in the Bollenstreek (bulb-growing) area of the country in the South-Holland province.

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Amsterdam-Keukenhof area map

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.

You can easily spend the whole day exploring the park and its 15km of walking paths.

If you are in Amsterdam during the spring then you should absolutely consider making a day excursion out to the Keukenhof Gardens park. Note, the park is only open for 2 months during the springtime.

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Keukenhof entrance

The 2022 Keukenhof season was between 24 March to 15 May 2022. It welcomed 1.1 million visitors in 2022. It is now closed.

Keukenhof will reopen for 2023 (74th edition) from 23 March to 14 May 2023.

When is the best time to visit Keukenhof? Many say late April is a good time to visit the gardens. At the beginning of the season you will see early bloomers such as daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and some tulip varieties. The larger tulips bloom later in the season and the trees are beautifully green.

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Keukenhof Gardens

The Keukenhof park has large indoor exhibition pavilions named after the Dutch royals – Willem-Alexander, Oranje-Nassau, Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix and Irene.

The pavilions normally host colourful floral displays which change on a weekly basis.

There is 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.

There is a special park guide book available for purchase for €5. You can pick up a free Keukenhof map near the entrance to guide you around the park which looks like this:

keukenhof map
Keukenhof map

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 petting farm (including goats, rabbits and peacocks), a Miffy (Nijntje) playground, maze and treasure hunt activity.

It is possible to purchase flower bulbs which can be shipped worldwide.

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Keukenhof Gardens near Lisse (Netherlands)

For flower and garden lovers the Keukenhof Gardens is an absolutely must-visit experience. It is essential you pre-book a ticket and time-slot in advance – you cannot buy Keukenhof tickets at the entrance.

Keukenhof 2023 Essential Info

Opening Times and Dates
Open daily only between 23 March and 14 May 2023.
Admission Prices (2022)€18.50 for adults, €9 for children 4-17. Free entry for children 0-3.

Car parking costs €6. The boat rides cost €9 for adults, €4.50 for children 4-11. Combi-tickets which combine park entry with the bus trip are also available.

These are 2022 prices (we await confirmation of 2023 pricing).

Getting TherePublic transport: Arriva operate Keukenhof Express bus services  – see below for more info.

Keukenhof By Car: Accessible from the A4 motorway (exit Nieuw-Vennep) or A44 motorway (exit 3, Lisse) and follow signs to Keukenhof. Parking at Keukenhof has capacity for 4,500 cars.

Keukenhof HotelsYou can book a hotel in the Keukenhof area here via,

Keukenhof, Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, The Netherlands
T: +31(0)252 465 555

How to get to Keukenhof by Public Transport (2022 prices)

The following map shows the Keukenhof Express bus services run by Arriva which serve Keukenhof from various points around the region.

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Keukenhof Express bus lines map

Amsterdam to Keukenhof

During the Keukenhof season, Keukenhof Express bus 852 runs daily from Europaplein bus stop (near RAI Amsterdam in the south of the city) to Keukenhof-Lisse up to 8x hourly. The journey takes about 35 minutes.

To get to Europaplein from Amsterdam Central you can take GVB Metro line 52 to Europaplein station, exit the station and walk across to the bus stop at RAI entrance C. You need to buy a separate metro ticket.

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Keukenhof Express bus (852) at Europaplein, Amsterdam

A combi-ticket which includes Keukenhof entrance and the return 852 bus ride from Amsterdam costs €33.50 for adults and €15.50 for children 4-17. Children 0-3 do not have to pay. You reserve a timeslot when booking.

Note, a separate day return ticket for bus 852 costs €16. A children’s day ticket (age 4-11) costs €7.50. The combi-tickets are cheaper, especially for children aged 12-17 who save nearly €10.

Alternatively, the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket 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. This would include metro travel and the Keukenhof Express bus trips.

Book Amsterdam & Region Travel Tickets online here and pick-up in Amsterdam when you arrive.

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Keukenhof Express bus stop in Amsterdam

It is also possible to take the Connexxion bus 397 to Amsterdam Schiphol airport from Leidseplein/Museumplein area in the centre of Amsterdam. From there Keukenhof Express bus 858 runs from Schiphol to Keukenhof, as decribed below. However it is faster from Amsterdam to use the 852 bus from Europaplein.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof

Keukenhof Express bus 858 runs daily from Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof up to 6x hourly. The bus leaves from the airport Boulevard, come out of the station hall and walk right. This journey takes about 30 minutes.

A combi-ticket which includes Keukenhof entrance and the return 858 bus ride from Schiphol airport costs €29.50 for adults and €15.50 for children 4-17. Children 0-3 do not have to pay. You reserve a timeslot when booking.

A day ticket costs €11.50. A children’s day ticket (age 4-11) costs €7.50. Buying the combi-ticket is cheaper, especially for children 12-17.

The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (buy here) is valid on bus 858, as well as the train to Schiphol Airport from any station in Amsterdam.

Leiden, Haarlem to Keukenhof

Keukenhof Express buses run from Leiden station (bus 854) and from Haarlem station (bus 50 and at additionally weekends bus 850). There is also bus 90 which runs from Katwijk, Noordwijk or Noordwijkerhout.

A combi-ticket which includes Keukenhof entrance and any of the above return bus rides costs €29.50 for adults and €15.50 for children 4-17. Children 0-3 do not have to pay.

Note, we await confirmation of 2023 info and prices

Floriade Expo 2022 in Almere

Also of interest, the international horticulture exhibition (7th edition, held every 10 years) takes place in 2022 at the Floriade pavilion in Almere. There are 40 pavilions from different countries on show as well as local horticultural presentations. In 2022 the theme is ‘Growing Green Cities’. Runs 14 Apr to 9 Oct 2022. You can book Floriade Expo 2022 tickets online here

Last update 21 May 2022 (originally published in 2010).

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