7 Million Blooming Reasons to Visit Keukenhof, Netherlands

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A festival of Spring

Now, I enjoy the pleasure of seeing the first spring bulbs emerging through the soil in my garden, but the feat of planting over 7 million bulbs in Keukenhof is one tulip too far.

A wonderful place to explore, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

It is quite astounding when you wander through the entrance to see the shock of magnificent colour before you, row after row of meticulously laid out beds.

It’s not surprising that this beautiful garden welcomes 1 million visitors each Spring, from near and far within just an 8-week window.

Save Time

Buy & print your e- ticket in advance online from the Keukenhof website. It is valid for one day, but you can redeem it on any day during the 8 week window.

So, if the weather is not to your liking, you can opt to go another day.

Dutch Design

Every year a theme is chosen for the park and in 2017, the 68th year that Keukenhof has opened its gardens to the public, the theme was ‘Dutch Design’, celebrating famous Dutch artists such as Mondriaan & Rietveld.

The Mondriaan design, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Time to discover

The gardens are designed for you to meander around as you wish, no particular route or rules. Grab yourself a free pop-up map when you enter the grounds and off you go.

Select a path and wander, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

The displays throughout Keukenhof are amazingly well kept, painstakingly maintained and cared for, to ensure that a spectacular floral display is continually blooming for the 8 weeks.

The wonderful designs throughout Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

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Lost hours

Try not to underestimate the time spent around the grounds, it is so easy for hours to disappear, enjoy yourself, bring a picnic and take the whole day to explore.

An ideal lunch spot, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Not only are there an abundance of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths waving at you delicately in the breeze for you to admire, the lake and waterways are equally pleasant to meander around.

Be brave and take a leap of faith across the stepping stones in the lake.

The stepping stones, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

A few interesting facts

  • Every year, 7 million bulbs are planted
  • The park covers 32 hectares (79 acres)
  • 800 varieties of tulips
  • Keukenhof features more than 20 flower shows
  • The bulbs are supplied by 100 exhibitors
  • Keukenhof has free Wi-Fi

An assault on your senses

One of the resounding memories that I have of wandering around Keukenhof is the captivating fragrance of the hyacinths.

You didn’t actually need to be upon them to appreciate their presence, their scent was enough.

Sweetly scented hyacinths, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Just a little climb

A visit to Keukenhof wouldn’t be complete without climbing the windmill to admire the view across the bulb fields.

The flower fields, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

It’s only a couple of flights of stairs and you can also admire the park below.

It’s from here that you can pick up the boat tour.

The Windmill, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Our tip

Although the 45-minute boat trip at €8 is very pleasant, if the bulb fields which the windmill overlooks are not extensively in bloom, then you won’t really see much more on the boat trip.

You’ll get better photographs from the windmill, which you can climb for free.

A few more tulips

Just in case you are not all ‘tuliped’ out, here are few more of our favourite shots.

Pinks & Reds, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands
White Flutes, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands
Mixed bedfellows, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands
The brightest of Oranges, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands
Flowing Colours, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands
Close up of a tulip bed, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Tempted to?

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Something for everyone

There is so much more to be discovered as you continue zigzagging through the shady gardens with their Acers and the manicured Buxus in the walled garden.

The Walled Garden, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Children will enjoy the playground and petting zoo.

If you have a bit of time on your hands yourself, indulge in a game of giant chess or lose yourself in the maze.

A big chess set, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Time for a rest

What was also pleasing about these gardens was that your weary feet were catered for, plenty of seats were around for you to restore yourself back to being as fresh as a daisy.

But I think once you have covered the 79 acres including the exhibition houses, I think you will have deserved the rest.

An Orchid from the Orchid house, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Incorporate a road trip

We visited Keukenhof as part of our ‘Tulips and Cheese’ road trip of the Netherlands, we based ourselves at Haarlem for a few nights and Keukenhof was only 11miles (18km) south.

If driving isn’t your thing, then you are able to buy combi bus/train tickets from the Keukenhof website.

2019 Keukenhof admission prices

  • Adult €17 (Online)
  • Children 0-3 Free
  • Children 4-11 €8
  • Parking €6

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The wonderful designs throughout Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

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Have You?

Always wanted to see Holland in Bloom? It really is a great way to spend a day, and why not enjoy some Dutch culture too? Have you been? What are your memories?

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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