Plan Your Visit to Keukenhof Gardens | Timings, Getting There, Facilities & More
Popularly known as the “Garden of Europe”, the Keukenhof Gardens are the largest flower gardens in the world. Each year during the Tulip Festival, they are famous for the blooming of over 7 million flowers, including over 800 species of tulips.
Keukenhof Garden is located in Lisse, within the Bollenstreek region, and is a short distance from tourist towns like Amsterdam and Haarlem. This makes it an ideal day trip, and it attracts over a million guests each year.
When to Visit Keukenhof Gardens?
Where is the Keukenhof Garden Located?
Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM, Lisse, Netherlands
Keukenhof Gardens are situated in the flower region of the Netherlands called ‘Bollenstreek‘ in the municipality of Lisse. It is easy to reach from towns like Haarlem and Amsterdam.
Nearest town: Lisse
Distance from Amsterdam: 35 km
Distance from Haarlem: 18 km
How to Get to the Keukenhof Gardens
By Tour from Amsterdam
- There are a number of tours that offer a return transfer from Amsterdam by coach. Most will pick you up from a central location, such as Amsterdam Central Station.
- This is the easiest way to get to Keukenhof Gardens, and also often includes skip-the-line access and even guided tours.
- Bus lines 397, 341, and 300 from Amsterdam connect to Keukenhof Express Bus 858 at Schiphol Airport or 852 from Amsterdam RAI. From Haarlem, you can take any bus to Haarlem station and catch Keukenhof Express Bus 850.
- You can use a Combi-Ticket that covers the Keukenhof Express plus entry to the Keukenhof Gardens.
- You can drive or book a taxi to Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam, Haarlem, Lisse, and other nearby towns.
- Keukenhof can be easily reached via the A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and the A44 (exit 3 Lisse). There is a parking lot that is open until 7:30 PM and costs €6 for the whole day.
- You can take Metro Line M52 from Amsterdam to the Europaplein metro stop, where you can take the Keukenhof Express bus directly to the gardens.
- You can also take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Haarlem Station and then switch to the Regional Bus Line 50 to reach the gardens.
- You can ride a bicycle from Amsterdam (35 km), Haarlem (18km), or Lisse to the Keukenhof Gardens. Lisse has a number of official Keukenhof cycle routes that will take you to the gardens and see the city's sights.
- There are free bicycle racks at both entrances to the park.
How to Enter the Keukenhof Gardens?
There are two entrances to the Keukenhof Gardens
1. Main Entrance
The main entrance is located to the south of the gardens and features an ornate gatehouse and ticket office. Near the main entrance, you will find the stops for the Keukenhof Express Bus, tour busses, and taxis as well as large parking areas.
2. Extra Entrance
The extra entrance is located to the north of the gardens and is only open during busy days. There is a smaller parking area for cars and bikes near this entrance.
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Know Before You Visit Keukenhof Garden
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is available at the pavilions in the park.
Lockers: Small bags and items can be stored in the lockers near the main entrance.
Restrooms: There are a number of public restrooms throughout the gardens.
Lost and Found: All items lost in the park are posted online. You can either pick them up or arrange to have them delivered.
Keukenhof is a great attraction for all ages. Designed to be a wholesome experience for the whole family, many activities and zones have been curated for children.
- Scavenger hunt: Collect the free Keukenhof scavenger hunt at the entrance and learn all about tulips as you play. If you finish the booklet, you can pick up a gift from the information desk at the entrance.
- Animal Meadow: Meet and pet goats, pigs, peacocks, and rabbits here.
- Playground: The little ones and the older kids can play here
- Maze: Find your way out of the maze.
- Keukenhof Gardens is accessible by wheelchair
- Manual wheelchairs are available for rent for €5, and you are allowed to enter with your own electric wheelchairs.
- Note that a €20 cash deposit is required to rent a wheelchair. This will be refunded upon its return.
There are parking facilities available at Keukenhof Gardens for cars, coaches, and bikes. The parking lot is open from 8 AM to 7:30 PM. Car parking costs €6. However, it is free to park both coaches and bikes
There is an official gift shop available at Keukenhof Gardens. You can buy flower bulbs, seeds, flowers (both real and artificial), and other souvenirs and gifts at the Keukenhof shop. The shop is located near the Main Entrance to the gardens.
During the Tulip Festival, you can also find tulip-themed merchandise across the Netherlands, especially in Lisse and Amsterdam.
There are many restaurants around the park where you can have a snack or a hot meal at any time of the day.
Restaurant Keukenhof: a self-service restaurant with Dutch and European food.
Hofboerderij: a restaurant near Keukenhof Castle with lots of vegetarian options.
There are a variety of mobile food carts and stalls that serve coffee and snacks across Keukenhof Gardens.
Restaurant De Vier Seizoenen: located near the gardens in Lisse, it serves Dutch and French cuisine.
Hotels near Kueukenhof Gardens: Hotel Lowietje (Nachtegaal) in Lisse, Hotel de Engel, Hotel Villa Flora in Hillegom
Hotels in Amsterdam: Nhow RAI Amsterdam, Van der Valk Hotel Zuidas, Sir Adam Hotel Amsterdam, Ibis Hotel Amsterdam Centre
Hotels in Haarlem: Hotel Lion D’Or, Boutiquehotel Staats, Ibis styles Haarlem City
Kasteel Keukenhof: also known as Keukenhof Castle, a historic building near the Keukenhof Gardens.
Frans Hals Museum: a museum in Haarlem, featuring famous 17th-century Dutch masterpieces.
Windmill De Adriaan: a historic 18th-century windmill in Haarlem.
Amsterdam Tulip Museum: exhibits and the history of tulips in Holland with a gift shop.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: a museum of modern art and design located in Amsterdam.
Visitor Tips & Rules
- Make sure to purchase your tickets online and book your slots in advance, as the tickets to Keukenhof Garden are only available online.
- The gardens are quite different during the three flowering periods. This makes it perfect for visitors to come back again at a different time and experience something new.
- Visit Keukenhof Garden on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to avoid large crowds, and try to avoid the weekends.
- Children aged 0 to 16 cannot visit the park without supervision.
- The best time of the day to visit Tulip Garden Keukenhof would be during its early opening hours, before 10:30 AM, and in the late afternoon, after 4 PM.
- Although outside food and drinks are allowed inside the gardens, visitors are not allowed to consume them in the restaurants.
- Keukenhof Garden is a pedestrian park, but bicycles can be rented from the main entrance to explore the garden's area.
- Only guide dogs and service dogs are allowed into the pavilions and restaurants. Up to one dog per person is allowed into Keukenhof as long as they are on a leash.
- Flying drones over the park or around the area are not allowed.
- While walking around the park, visitors must stay on the paths indicated. Walking on the grass is not permitted unless indicated otherwise.
Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Keukenhof Gardens
A. Yes, Keukenhof Gardens is open for visitors in 2023 from 23rd March to 14th May.
A. The best times to visit Keukenhof Garden are before 10 AM and after 6 PM on weekdays when it is less crowded.
A. You can buy your tickets to Keukenhof Tulip Gardens online here.
A. Tickets to Keukenhof Tulip Gardens are available starting from € 18.50
A. The gardens are open daily from 23 March 2023 to 14 May 2023, from 8 AM to 7:30 PM.
A. It takes about 2-3 hours to see most of Keukenhof Gardens. However, it is also possible to spend an entire day there.
A. It is located around 35 km south of Amsterdam in the small town of Lisse.
A. It is easiest to get to Keukenhof Gardens by public bus and the Keukenhof Express Bus.
A. Yes, there is a parking lot near the Main Entrance. It is open until 7:30 PM and costs €6 for the whole day.
A. The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens hosts Holland’s Tulip Festival in the Netherlands during the spring. In 2023 this is between 23 March and 14 May.
A. Yes, the gardens are wheelchair accessible.
A. Yes, you can buy tickets for Keukenhof Garden guided tours.
A. No, you are not allowed to pick tulips, or any other flowers, at the Keukenhof Gardens.