Approximately 7 million bulbs. There are 79 acres of flowers. I’m referring to the Keukenhof Flower Gardens. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands and Europe. Here are ten tips to make the most of your visit to Keukenhof Gardens: tickets to Keukenhof, the best time to visit Keukenhof gardens, and more.
Because the flowers need to bloom, the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens are only open in the spring. Remember that the park is open from mid-March to mid-May.
And here’s my best advice: avoid the last week and weekends. Why?
Because tourists from around the world visit the Netherlands to see the Keukenhof, many people wait until the last minute.
While tourists walk around the Keukenhof Gardens, they see colorful flowers and green grass.
Furthermore, because the country is small, many people from neighboring states drive here, resulting in even more visitors.
The best times to visit the park to avoid crowds are during the week and early in the morning.
Remember to bring your Keukenhof Map!
The park is vast, and you don’t want to miss out on some gorgeous tulips because you didn’t realize they were there in the first place, do you? No, I didn’t think so.
Oh, and don’t forget that you can get your map free at the park’s entrance or choose an environmentally friendly map. Again, who is your favorite travel blogger?
As previously stated, the Keukenhof is massive, and even though WiFi is available, you can easily get lost in the park or miss a specific garden.
Dress comfortably and wear walking shoes.
I know this is the ideal Instagram location, but do yourself a favor and dress comfortably, preferably in walking shoes.
The tulips are stunning, and you’ll want to explore every inch of this park, so don’t fall into the trap of wanting to look fashionable.
You don’t have to look like a slob, but you know what I mean. Mostly because you’ll be riding your bike through the surrounding tulip fields. If you’re not used to riding a bike in high heels, you might want to try something else.
Picnic at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens
Beautiful colors, flower bulbs everywhere, hopefully, the sun is shining, and people are photographing every inch of it. It sounds like the ideal location for…a picnic!
So pick up some tasty snacks at the supermarket or bring your lunch and eat it in the designated area.
In any case, there is a restaurant on-site, but the wait time can be disappointing given the number of visitors. That is why I recommend that you bring your food with you. Don’t forget to bring some refreshments.
I know you already know this, but I’ll say it again because it’s critical. Leave nothing behind and dispose of your garbage in the trash can.
Bike through the nearby Tulip Fields.
The Keukenhof Gardens are located in Lisse, a small city in North Holland famous for its tulip fields. So, how do you get around the Keukenhof to see the tulip fields?
To begin, rent a bike in front of the park for around €10 per day. Second, go exploring in this beautiful area! Finally, take many pictures because I’m sure you’ve never seen as many flowers in your life as you will hear.
Bring along your DSLR camera.
Please don’t be as gullible as I was. Okay, so I didn’t have a travel blog at the time. My only camera was an old iPhone, so my photos aren’t as good as they could be.
Keukenhof is an explosion of colors and flowers, so a good camera is required to do it justice. Furthermore, the park is ideal for couple of visitors.
How to Get to Keukenhof Tulip Gardens from Amsterdam
There are several ways to get from Amsterdam to Keukenhof, and I’ll discuss them with you.
Driving: The Keukenhof Gardens are 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the center of Amsterdam. Simply enter the following address and follow Google’s instructions: Stationsweg 166A, Lisse, 2161 AM
By public transportation: Take the 20-minute train from Amsterdam Central Station to Schiphol Airport (round trip costs 9 euros), and then follow the signs to the Keukenhof Express Bus line 858. (next to Arrivals 4).
There could be a line. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes and costs 10 euros round trip.
The best option is to take a shuttle bus. And I’m not saying this to promote an affiliate link. I truly mean it. An adult ticket to Keukenhof costs 18 euros (up to 3yo is free and up to 17 costs 8 euros).
When Is the Best Time to Visit Keukenhof Gardens?
Because the weather in the Netherlands is so unpredictable, it’s difficult to recommend a specific week to visit the park. However, knowing how the flowers bloom will help you develop your ideas.
Flowers bloom faster in warmer weather, so they are usually fresh and lovely in the season’s first month. But the inverse is also true. They may bloom later in the spring if the winter was harsh. This is the best time to visit Keukenhof Gardens.
Purchase a ticket that includes a transfer from Amsterdam.
It may not appear significant at first, but the number of people visiting this park is enormous! As previously stated, it is possible to reach the Keukenhof Gardens from Schiphol Airport; the journey takes slightly more than an hour.
You can also book a skip-the-line ticket to Keukenhof with a transfer from Amsterdam’s city center.
Seriously, not having to worry about bus and train schedules saves time. This made our day much easier.
Furthermore, we saw crowds waiting to buy tickets at the park, so look at the ticket in the link above and enjoy your day to the fullest, rather than waiting in line for everything.
Even if you’re driving, I recommend purchasing your Keukenhof tickets in advance. After all, this is one of the world’s largest tulip gardens, so expect a crowd.
Be a responsible traveler.
It breaks my heart every time I read about it, so I decided to stick to my recommendations while adding one more: be a responsible tourist.
Even though travel is a luxury, the number of people traveling has increased exponentially in recent years. This means that the harm we may cause elsewhere is increasing.
Let’s do our part by not picking flowers because they’re pretty or throwing plastic on the ground because we’re lazy. With a little effort from everyone, the world would be a better place.