A soft-focus view of densely planted tulips in light pinks, purples, reds set in a woodland scene

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.

A helpful guide

If you're thinking of heading of to the land of tulips and cheese, then grab this DK Eyewitness guide to help with your planning.

I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.

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.

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.

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.

Save Time

Buy & print your e- ticket in advance online from the Keukenhof website. It is valid for one day, just book your timeslot and away you go.

You can also pre-book parking online.

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.

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.

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.

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Just a little climb

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2022 Keukenhof admission prices

  • Adult €18.50 (Online)
  • Children 0-3 Free
  • Children 4-17 €9
  • Parking €6

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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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  1. I have been dyyyying to visit the Kreukenhof gardens and we have tried twice to go but had to cancel our trip! It’s just the prettiest thing ever! Love that big chess board! the pieces are so detailed!! PS. Love the new look of your blog! #FarawayFiles

    1. That’s such a shame you had to cancel.It is wonderful there, I particularly love the smell of the hyacinth, but the tulip displays are stunning.

  2. Your photos are so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to see Keukenhof in person. I just missed it by a week when I went to Amsterdam a few years ago. I would love to go back!

    1. Thanks very much.It really is worth the effort, the love and care that is dedicated to each display is incredible. It’s a good excuse to visit the Netherlands again.

  3. These are absolutely beautiful! I’m determined to see the tulips at Keukenhof for myself one day. I love the look of the other things in the gardens too. Those stepping stones are calling my name…Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    1. Keukenhof really is a lovely garden and not just for its annual blooms, there are so many other flowers, trees and shrubs, that they almost blend into the background.It’s certainly worth the money you can easily spend a whole day there, particularly if you take a picnic.

  4. Keukenhof indeed is an amazing site. I am so glad it is Spring – here in the Northeast we had a fairly rough and never-ending winter and seeing all these tulips has most certainly brightened my day! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    1. Spring is a lovely time of the year, it always seems to cheer people up. I suppose it’s the first signs that summer is on the way.The love and care that the gardeners give to Keukenhof is a real credit to them.

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