Every year 800 kinds of 7 million tulips bloom in Keukenhof Gardens, The World Largest Flower Garden. You can spend a day in paradise among colorful tulips, orchids, hyacinths and trees.
The Keukenhof Park is located in Lisse, the Netherlands. The park has an area of 320 acres. There are hundreds of kinds of flowers in the park. There is an abundance of trees resembling a forest. Artificial water channels, ponds, windmills, exhibition halls, informative kiosks, souvenir aisles and restaurants are located in the park.
In this article, I will touch on all the information necessary for your visit.
How to get to Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof is 40 km west of Amsterdam. The easiest way to get to gardens is by a bus from Schiphol Airport.
You can go to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport by train from the center of Amsterdam and take the number 858 buses that depart from Terminal 3 and go to Keukenhof. There are tulip photos on the buses. Your bus journey will take approximately 40-45 minutes.
It is of course possible to come here by renting a car or by your own car, it takes about 45 minutes from Amsterdam. If you are coming with your car, I recommend you to visit the nearby windmill village Kinderdijk.
Visit Time and Fees for Keukenhof Gardens
The gardens open on March 21, but I suggest you come in the second week of April/mid April, because when Keukenhof opens, there are only hyacinths. The best time for tulips is mid-April.
Between these dates, the park is open to visitors every day for two months, from 08.00 in the morning to 19.30 in the evening. The last entries can be made at 18:00.
The royal ceremony on April 25th, Thursday, Friday and weekends are the busiest days of the park. Apart from these days, the park becomes calmer.
Also, if you arrange your visit before 11.00 in the morning or after 15.00 in the afternoon, you will travel more comfortably as the density will be relatively low.
Our visit time recommendation for beautiful photos is after 15:00. Your trip in the gardens takes about 2.5 hours.
The option of going + return + fast entry ticket from Amsterdam is the most logical option for you to get here and enter without waiting in the ticket queue.
The ticket office of Keukenhof Gardens, which is open for about 1.5 months throughout the year, can be busy when it is not very early in the morning or close to closing. For this reason, you can wait for long queues to enter when booking in advance and not buying tickets on the internet. We will suggest you 2 types of entrance tickets in order to use your travel time efficiently. Our recommendation for tickets is to purchase through Tiqets, a global and reliable web page.
1- Keukenhof Express Entry Ticket + Departure and Return from Amsterdam (Click):
The first reason for this online ticket is that it includes transportation (round trip + return) to Keukenhof, located approximately 40 km from Amsterdam. You can get to the Keukenhof from the airport or from the stops in Amsterdam (such as the Rijksmuseum Stop), get on the buses included in the ticket, and enter the gardens with the same ticket.
2- Keukenhof Express Entry Ticket (Click):
Unlike our first ticket, this ticket allows you to enter Keukenhof quickly by just reading your mobile barcode without losing a long time at the ticket office. Transportation is not included.
The History of Keukenhof Gardens
It was a coincidence in 1562 that Holland, the number one tulip exporter in the world, met the tulip. A merchant who took fabric bales by ship to Answers saw tulip bulbs in the bales. He thought these were normal onions and planted them in his own garden. He learned the truth with the opening of his flowers next year.
During the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, Ambassador of Austria-Hungary Busbecq took tulip bulbs with him on his return to Vienna. He gives the onions to Clusius, who made the landscape of the imperial gardens. Clusius is growing tulips in Vienna. Later, when he went to the city of Leiden in the Netherlands, he continued to grow tulips here.
After these 2 events, the Netherlands learns to grow tulips.
The Teylingen Castle Countess Jacoba van Beieren ordered to create a garden for the kitchen need. A garden for fruit and vegetable cultivation was created behind the castle.
Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641, and the area was increased to 200 hectares so Keukenhof Gardens have also grown. The castle was named Keukenhof, which means “kitchen garden” because it was built inside the garden.
In 1949, the mayor of Lisse opened the garden to producers to encourage flower growers and display their flowers. In 1950, the garden was opened to the public.
There are 4 pavillions (pavilions) that you can visit in the park.
Willem-Alexander Pavillion is in the center of the park. It is the largest pavilion of the park with glass ceilings and light. You can find colorful tulips and potted flowers. You can get information about flowers from the boards.
The Beatris and İrene Pavilion is right next to the park’s main entrance. The Beatris pavilion is located at the other end of the park, next to the other entrance door. You can see the Kanuni Sultan Süleyman panel hanging on the wall in the Beatris pavilion. It tells the story of tulip coming from Anatolia to Holland.
You can visit Lale Mania exhibition in Juliana park.
The Dutch created special divisions within the Keukenhof Gardens by imposing special meanings and tasks on flowers.
In the cooking garden; you can cut, cook and eat vegetables.
In the garden of love; every visitor leaves it as a piece of memory.
In the bee garden; you absorb the forest air.
Rob’s family garden; you can watch the garden landscape of famous gardener Rob Verlinden and watch the program live.
Dutch cow in the garden; the story of the Frisland cow’s strolling through the meadows and the journey of milk was narrated.
In the health garden; there is an open area where you can do exercise activities.
In the recycling garden; You can find quarters, hanging greenhouses, outdoor bathrooms and decorative items made of old and waste materials.
In the Keukenhof Gardens, you can get all kinds of information about tulips from the tulip production information center. You can easily ride around the park by renting a bike. You can visit the canal by boat. If you want to watch the park from the sky, you can take the Dakota planes.
Finally, Keukenhof Gardens is an holiday place in your dream. You should come and see…