A trip to the tulips in Holland at Keukenhof
See tulips in Holland when they are in bloom at Keukenhof. The time of the tulip bloom is in spring one of the most beautiful travel times in Holland, Between late March and mid-May, it blooms in the region west and north of Amsterdam, Tulips in all shapes and colors. On Visit to Keukenhof Holland is a must for anyone interested in tulips. Together with thousands of other visitors from all over the world, we stroll through the show gardens of Keukenhof near Amsterdam. This is one of the lovely day trips from Amsterdam.
I was expecting to see fields of flowers with tulips of all colors. Instead, the Keukenhof is a park in whose flowerbeds, in addition to tulips, hyacinths and daffodils compete for the favor of flower lovers. We see a few tulip fields in the area around the park, but we can find them in other regions of North Holland more. Even on the Texel in the Wadden Sea there are tulip and daffodil fields.
Keukenhof Holland - a paradise for tulip lovers
The Keukenhof is an exhibition area for tulips in Holland. The flowers come from farms in North Holland. Buyers come to Keukenhof to find out about new varieties of tulips. There are innumerable types of it. The variety of colors of the spring flowers ranges from violet to pastel colors to splendid specimens in many colors. Some of them are hardly reminiscent of tulips in their shape. We can hardly get enough of the flower shapes and colors.
In the pavilions there are flower shows, where you can see the tulips in their diversity. Exhibitions show how tulips are decoratively presented. You can also buy tulips and tulip bulbs.
Keukenhof Holland - You should know that
Keukenhof opening times 2023
The Keukenhof is open from March 23th to May 14th, 2023.
In 2023, Keukenhof admission is only available online
You can buy Keukenhof tickets buy online only The tickets are only available for a specific time slot. This controls the number of visitors.
Alternatively, you can use a Tour to Keukenhof * Reserve. Early booking is also recommended here.
Car Parking € 6,00
Keukenhof ticket included in tours from places in the area
If you live in Amsterdam, it is best to book one of the Amsterdam Keukenhof transfers *. These include entry to the gardens in the fare.
Arrival by public transport
Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*.
From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: Keukenhof Express Bus 858
from Leiden Central Station: Keukenhof Express Bus 854
If you plan to travel to Keukenhof by car, you are likely to be stuck in a traffic jam.
Parking and access by car
There is a parking lot directly at the Keukenhof. Especially on the weekends, this fills up quickly. There is only one access road to the gardens. Therefore, you should plan for the journey a lot of time, because the traffic jams often over long distances. We therefore recommend staying overnight and cycling to the gardens. You can book accommodation nearby using the link in this article (see above) and the map of our partner booking.com.
Here you will find one Orientation map for the Keukenhof.
Keukenhof Netherlands best time
The Keukenhof Gardens are a magnet for visitors. Especially during the tulip blossom in April, the park is very busy on the weekends. We therefore recommend a visit from Monday to Wednesday. A good time is also a visit in the morning or evening hours. Then it is quieter in the park.
Visit the Keukenhof with dog
Dogs can be taken as long as they are kept on a leash.
Tulips blooming time in Holland
The tulip fields in Holland bloom from late March to mid-May.
Keukenhof best time
The spring flowers bloom most intensely between the beginning of April and the beginning of May.
Keukenhof Lisse, Stationsweg 166A 2161 AM Lisse, The Netherlands
The tulips in Holland come from Turkey and China
Did you know that the tulips originally come from a mountain region between Turkey and China? Not me. Turkish sultans celebrated the tulips in spring - just like the Dutch today, by the way Tulip festivals in Holland, Specialized tulip varieties have even been published as illustrated books. The tulip was a decorative motif on tiles and other utensils.
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Than in the 16. In the 20th century, when Dutch international trade became increasingly important, Turkey became the focus of the Dutchman. Constantinople was a trading port, and the Tulip pleased the traders from Holland well. Botanists like Carolus Clusius wrote about the tulip bulbs and exchanged them within their network. 1593 became Clusius director of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, where he planted tulips. So the tulip found its way to Holland.
Tulips in Holland were once a luxury item
Tulips quickly became a luxury item in Holland. They reproduce only slowly, and so the value of the tulip soon rose to dizzying heights. The "Anvers" tulip achieved a maximum price of 510 guilders. At that time (in the 17th century) a teacher received an annual salary of around 200 guilders. Between 1634 and 1637 the reached Tulpenmanie culminating.
Holland tulips are available in an enormous variety of colors and shapes in the Tulip Park
I could continue the photo gallery here, so big is the selection of colors, shapes and sizes of tulip flowers. They are all beautiful. But apparently, some customers prefer short tulips, while others prefer long-stemmed ones. The colors are even more varied. Once there was the hunt for the black tulip Furore. In 1850 Alexandre Dumas published his book "The Black Tulip". In it he reported about a competition in Haarlem in 1672, in which a high prize money was advertised for the new breeding of a black tulip variety.
Nature does not know the color black. Tulips are dark red or purple. At the end of the 19th century, the Dutch managed to cultivate varieties of tulips that came close to the color black. "The Queen of the Night" and the "Black Parrot" still exist today. If you want, you can find these rarities in the Keukenhof. However, we did not discover them on our tour, although we take an entire afternoon to visit Keukenhof. We'd rather let the flowers work on us during a break on one of the benches or watch the swans as they make their way to the centrally located lake on one of the canals in the park, with an island in the middle.
When is flowering time?
From mid-March to mid-May, flowering is in North Holland. This is celebrated every year, such as the Bollenstreek flower corso, The main flowering time for tulips is in April. Then the North in Holland to a sea of colors and flowers, On our onward journey through the Villages in Holland we meet the first colorful tulip fields. At Bloeiend Zijpe in St. Martinzee we learn more about the problems that tulip growers face when producing the tulip varieties. “Last night we had a little frost here,” says Miranda van Straten, who runs a tulip with her husband. "We have to consider how we can protect the shoots against it."
We learn that the tulips thrive in the fields along the seashore. The wind from the sea keeps the vermin away. The flowers in these fields are not intended for sale, but are in a kind of intermediate stage. When the tulips bloom, a selection takes place that sorts out sick plants. In the same way, plants are removed whose flowers do not correspond to what is supposed to grow on the field.
What happens after the selection?
Once the selection has taken place, the flowers are capped. This ensures that the power of the plant flows into the onion. This way you get the tulip bulbs, which are harvested in autumn and offered on the flower markets of the world. The demands of the buyer regions are different: Russia prefers tall tulips, while in other countries certain colors are in demand.
"We are busy all year round looking after the tulips so that they deliver the best possible result at harvest time," explains Miranda van Straten. “This also means that we plant varieties that mature at different times. This is the only way we can give the individual varieties the right care.” For this reason, the van Stratens also grow lilies in addition to tulips, which are only harvested in November. "It's a better way to distribute our workforce," says Miranda.
Flower sea to the horizon
In the north of Holland, in the land behind the dykes, we can still see the huge areas with tulips in different colors, which I had already expected in this form at the Keukenhof. In the future I will definitely look at the bouquets of tulips in our supermarkets with different eyes and with a good pinch of memory of the tulip fields from the polder landscapes in Holland.
You can't go to Holland to see the tulips bloom? On these Excursion destinations in Germany in spring it also blooms profusely.
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2161 AM Lisse
March 23 to May 14, 2023, daily from 8 a.m. to 19.30 p.m. Tickets are only sold online. The times for the visit are fixed.
The motto for 2023 is "flower classics".
Excursions from Amsterdam and sightseeing tours:
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Accommodation in the surroundings of Keukenhof:
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1756 CK 't Zand
In April, hiking, trekking and cycling through the tulip fields are offered here. The current dates for these tours you can also find out here.
For overnight we recommend this
Landgoed Duin en Kruidberg
Duin en Kruidbergerweg 60
2071 LE Santpoort
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More tips for tulips in Holland can also be found on Simone's travel blog
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
When is the nicest time at Keukenhof?
The best time to see the tulip blooms is in April.
How far is it from Keukenhof to Amsterdam?
It is 39 km or 37 minutes from Keukenhof to Amsterdam Central Station.
Where is the Keukenhof in Holland?
The Keukenhof is located near Lisse in the province of South Holland.
When do the tulips bloom in Holland?
The best time to see flowering tulips in Holland is between late March and mid-May.