Keukenhof Opening Hours | Tulip Festival Hours, Timings, Best Time to Visit & More

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens are open from 21 March to 12 May from 8am to 7:30pm every day.

Mar 21 TO May 12 Timings

Days (Mar 21 TO May 12)

Monday 8:00am–7:30pm
Tuesday (Today)8:00am–7:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am–7:30pm
Thursday 8:00am–7:30pm
Friday 8:00am–7:30pm
Saturday 8:00am–7:30pm
Sunday 8:00am–7:30pm
yellow tulips at keukenhof gardens
  • Last entry: 90 minutes before closing time
  • Keukenhof Gardens remain open even on holidays like Easter (22 April), Kingsday (27 April), and Liberation Day (5 May).

Best time to visit the Keukenhof Gardens

Weekday vs Weekend

  • Keukenhof Gardens are significantly less crowded on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays compared to the other days of the week.
  • Visit before 10:30am and after 4pm for a relatively quieter atmosphere.








Very Crowded

Peak season vs Low season

Keukenhof Gardens are open between March and May, remaining closed the rest of the year.













Off Season
Peak Season

Keukenhof Gardens - The Dutch spring experience

Keukenhof Gardens is, hands down, the most popular attraction in Holland during the spring. To make the most of your visit to Keukenhof Gardens in spring, read all there is to know about the Tulip Festival hours, the best season, the best flowering seasons, and more.

What's the best tulip season in Keukenhof Amsterdam?

daffodils at keukenhof gardens

Mid-March to early April

  • Early spring is a wonderful time to visit Keukenhof Gardens, but there may be some overcast days.
  • If you visit too early in the season, you may not witness the tulips in their full, blooming glory.
  • However, you will still see other beautiful flowers like crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths.
  • An advantage of visiting in this period is that you will experience fewer crowds.
keukenhof tulip gardens

Mid-April to mid-May

  • This period is the best time to visit Keukenhof Tulip Gardens.
  • The days are bright and sunny and are perfect for enjoying the blooming tulips since this is the peak spring season.
  • The combination of the blooming tulips and the shining sun makes for the best pictures.
  • This period of the season faces the maximum crowd as this is when international tourists visit the gardens.

What are the best flowering periods in Keukenhof Amsterdam?

While every day of the spring season is beautiful to witness at Keukenhof Gardens, the flowers bloom in three different flowering periods, each offering something special.

daffodils at keukenhof gardens

First flowering period

During the initial opening days, the garden will have lots of blooming flowers. You can also witness some great indoor flower shows with blooming tulips on display. In the gardens outside, you will find daffodils and crocuses in bloom during this period.

hyacinths at keukenhof tulip gardens

Second flowering period

After the flowering period of the crocuses and daffodils passes, the hyacinths and the early tulips take center stage and are ready to bloom in the outdoor gardens. The indoor flower shows still take place during this period.

yellow tulips at the keukenhof tulip garden

Third flowering period

In the third and final flowering period, the eponymous tulips of the Tulip Festival will bloom in their entire glory in the outdoor gardens. The trees will be greener, the sun will be brighter, and the indoor flower shows will still showcase beautiful flowers.

Frequently asked questions about the Keukenhof Gardens opening hours

What’s the best time to visit Keukenhof Gardens?

The best time to visit Keukenhof is before 10:30am and after 4:00pm, when you can experience the gardens in a relatively quieter and less crowded atmosphere. Keukenhof Gardens are only open for eight weeks from 21 March to 12 May, 2024.

Can I arrive before or after my reserved timeslot?

Arrive at the time slot assigned to tickets purchased. Keukenhof works with 30 minute time slots as arrival time. The last time slot is 6pm–6:30pm. However, this only gives you 1.5 hours to explore the gardens. However, if you arrive early or late, you may still be allowed to enter provided the park is not full. If not, you may have to wait a while to enter.

When do the tulips bloom in Amsterdam?

You can find blooming tulips from early March to mid-April. If you want to see the larger tulips blooming in their full glory, you should visit between mid-April and mid-May.

Can I see the tulips on all the days during the season?

The Amsterdam tulips are planted in layers to ensure the flowers bloom early and last longer. As the flowers are planted in layers, you can visit the Keukenhof Gardens any day during the season. Do note that the blooming of the flowers is heavily dependent on the weather. Update yourself with the relevant weather information before you plan your visit.

When is the Flower Parade?

The Flower Parade will take place on Saturday, April 20. This parade sees colourful floats and luxury vehicles decorated in masses of flowers travelling a 42 km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem, accompanied by cheerful music from marching bands. The Bulb Region and Keukenhof will be especially busy on this day. Make sure you are in the gardens before 12am as a number of roads in the Bollenstreek will be closed till 5pm for the Flower Parade.

How big is the Keukenhof Gardens?

Keukenhof Gardens cover an impressive 32 hectares and are home to around 7 million flower bulbs planted each year. Various flower shows, parades, and events take place in Keukenhof during spring. You can enjoy your time in the gardens for as long as you want, but on average, take 2-4 hours for a leisurely visit.

What's the best way to experience the Keukenhof Gardens?

The best way to have a fulfilling trip to the Keukenhof Gardens is by booking a guided tour. On a guided tour, you learn all about the painstaking efforts that go into creating the beauty of the gardens. With most of your guided tours and tickets, you can enjoy the park at your own pace.