Keukenhof Garden in the Netherlands

Keukenhof is one of the biggest flower gardens in the world. Almost all tourists who come to the Netherlands from the end of March till the beginning of May go there. Every year around 7 million of flowers are planted in the garden. There are mostly tulips which are a symbol of Holland. Take a look on how it looked like in 2018.

Is it worth going to Keukenhof?

We’ve been thinking about going to Keukenhof for some time. It’s one of the most important tourist attractions in the Netherlands so we knew it would be crowded. Apart from that, the entrance fee is not cheap. After we read a lot of positive opinions, we decided to go. The garden is opened only for one month and a half, from the end of Match till half May. It could take some time until we had another chance to go to Holland in those months so we went to the famous garden. Keukenhof is located in Lisse, 35 km away from Amsterdam.

Colorful tulips

They were the reason for us to visit the garden and walk in the crowd. Countless amount of colorful, blooming flowers cover area of 32 ha! Nobody knows how many flowers there are but it’s estimated that every year around 7 million bulbs are planted. Mostly there are tulips. The flowers make beautiful color combinations and often present different scenes. Each year, they prepare the garden with a different topic. In 2018 it’s “Romance in flowers”. That’s the reason why one part of the garden shows heads of a kissing couple.

Crowd, crowd and again… crowd

Keukenhof opens at 8 a.m. Despite going there in the morning, we already saw many groups of tourists. We thought it couldn’t be worse than that. But it could. When we were leaving around 12, there more people and we hardly managed to make it to the exit. Taking a picture next to the big windmill was impossible… There are many tourists in Kekenhof every day of the week and at all possible times of the day. However, in the morning it’s a little bit better. If you are planning a visit in Keukenhof, the earlier you go, the better.

Beauty everywhere

I’m happy we went to Keukenhof! Yes, the place is extremely crowded but still beautiful. I think it’s worth going there at least once in a lifetime to see the magical garden. Probably I will never see this variety of colors and types of flowers again. Apart from flowers there are lovely lakes, fountains, windmills, sculptures… even cars with planted flowers inside! The imagination of the authors of the garden is impressive.

Practical information

– the garden is open from March to May, during around one and a half month. In 2018 it’s open since the 22nd of March till 13th of May

– visiting time: at least 2 hours. We stayed longer because we wanted to see everything carefully and we took many photos

– you can get a free map of the park by the entrance

Ticket prices

-adults: the entrance fee depends if you buy the ticket online or in a ticket office. The online one costs 17 euro and the one from the ticket office 18 euro

– children 4-17 years old: 8 euro (younger kids enter for free)

– you can buy tickets here

Car park

You can park the car on the parking next to the garden. It costs 6 euro. Buses park for free. If you are going by car and you don’t want to pay extra money for the parking, you can park in the town Lisse. On the roundabout turn left instead of turning right (to the Keukenhof garden). There are residential areas and by the main street (Nassaustraat) there are parking spots. Of course, you won’t have any problem finding a parking there in the morning, later it may be a bit complicated. Walking from there to the garden takes around 10-15 minutes.

Public transport

If you are not going to Keukenhof by car, don’t worry. The place is well connected by buses. You can get there by bus from Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden and even from Schiphol airport. You can read more about bus lines and timetables here.