With more than seven million flowers, Keukenhof is not your regular park! Meaning ‘Kitchen Garden’ in Dutch, the 32 hectare Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in Amsterdam are one of the world’s largest flower gardens. The garden was opened in 1949 to display the flower produce of the Netherlands, then a fledgling industry, the country is now the world’s leading exporter of flowers.
Located in the town of The Lisse in the region of Bollenstreek, a short ride of 40 minutes or less will take you to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens from Amsterdam. Open only for a short duration of 59 days during spring the garden hosts exhibitions, landscaped flower beds, installations, and sculptures to showcase the best of the tulip season in Amsterdam.
Deemed as the World’s Largest Flower Garden, Keukenhof located in the quiet town of Lisse is a great place to feast your eyes on some colorful tulips. Situated 30 minutes away from Amsterdam, Keukenhof is not only home to 7 million tulip bulbs, it also boasts of a fantastic collection of irises, hyacinths, orchids, roses, carnations, lilies as well as daffodils. A walk through Keukenhof will treat you to a spectacle of colors and a whiff of heavenly perfume. The Keukenhof gardens sprawl over a whopping 32 hectares, hosting various exciting events, activities and exhibitions for adults and children alike.
The best way to ensure you have an enjoyable and fulfilling trip to Keukenhof Tulip Gardens is by going on a guided tour. The queues at Keukenhof Gardens are long at this time of the year, and you can enjoy skip the line entry as a part of the tour. You will also get nuggets of information about the gardens and the surroundings by a local multilingual guide. The tour will save a lot of time by organizing your transport from and to Amsterdam. Plus, you can enjoy perks like visiting a private tulip farm, and upgrades to enjoy other aspects of Dutch heritage like visiting windmill villages, cheese factory, wooden shoe factory, and the beautiful countryside.
Q. Does the Amsterdam Tulip Festival take place at Keukenhof?
A. Yes. Keukenhof is home to the Amsterdam Tulip festival in Netherlands. It is the most well-known tulip festival and garden in the world, located around 35 km south of Amsterdam in the small town of Lisse.
Q. Can I pick tulips at Keukenhof?
A. While you can’t pick tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, you can pick tulips fairly close by. About 20 minutes from Keukenhof you'll find Annemieke’s Pluktuin, a garden that allows you to pick tulips. If you have time and are interested in picking tulips, this is a great little side trip from Keukenhof, and you have a choice of returning to Lisse or just head back to Amsterdam from the picking garden instead of backtracking. Tulips costs €0,25 each and they are open for tulip picking only from March to mid May.
Q. Is There Free Wi-Fi at Keukenhof?
A. Yes! Free Wi-Fi is available in and around the pavillions.