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.
If you are in Amsterdam during the spring then you should consider making a day excursion out to the Keukenhof flower garden 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 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 2019 season runs from March 21 to May 19 2019 and the 70th year theme will be Flower Power, the strength of flowers.
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.
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 which looks like this:
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 Schiphol over the bulb fields of Keukenhof using a KLM-branded DC3 Dakota aircraft.
Keukenhof Essential Info
Opening Times: Open daily during March-May season from 0800-1930, last admission 1800.
Admission Prices (2019): €18 for adults, €8 for children 4-17. Car parking costs €6. The boat rides cost €8 for adults, €4 for children 4-11.
Getting There: Buses run from both Schiphol airport and Leiden central station to the Keukenhof park entrance. From Schiphol airport take the Keukenhof Express bus 858 (operated by Arriva) which runs from outside arrivals hall 4 at Schiphol Plaza. The journey takes just over 30 minutes and the buses run regularly.
From Leiden Central take Keukenhof Express bus 854 (Arriva) which takes about 25 minutes.
A combi-ticket which includes the return bus ride from Schiphol or Leiden and entrance to Keukenhof costs €24.50 (children 4-11 pay €12.50). From Amsterdam, a combi-ticket costs €29.50 (children 4-11 €12.50) which also includes the Amsterdam Airport Express bus 197. See more info on travel between Schiphol and 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. A 4 day ticket (€45) will be introduced in April 2019.
The ticket includes NS trains, regional buses (including Connexxion bus 858) and all GVB Amsterdam buses, metro and trams. Note that a single day’s validity runs from 0000 (day 1) to 0400 (day 2). It could be an option if you wish to combine a visit to Keukenhof with other places in the region such as Waterland or Amsterdam Beach.
Alternatively you could take a direct coach transfer from Amsterdam (departs from A’DAM Lookout) to the park which costs €38 including park entrance.
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