A trip to the tulips in Holland at Keukenhof 2020
Experience tulips in Holland at Keukenhof 2020 when they bloom. The time of the tulip bloom in spring is 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 the Keukenhof in Holland is a must have for anyone who is interested in tulips. Together with thousands of other visitors from all over the world we stroll through the show gardens of Keukenhof.
I expected to see flower fields with tulips of all colors. Instead, we are surprised that the Keukenhof is a park in whose flowerbeds, in addition to tulips, hyacinths and daffodils vie for the favor of flower lovers. Although we can see a few of the fields in the area surrounding the park, we find it 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 ground for tulips in the Netherlands. The flowers come from farms in North Holland. Here come the buyers, who inform themselves about new tulip breeding. Of these, there are the best kinds. The color variety of spring flowers ranges from violet to pastel colors to multi-colored splendor specimens. Some are hardly reminiscent of tulips in their form. 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 2020 - you should know that
Keukenhof 2020 opening times
21 March to 10. May
The cash registers are open from 08.00 to 18.00.
Adults € 19, - (Skip the line tickets can you order online*)
Children (0-3 J.) free
Children (4-17 J.) € 9, -
Car Parking € 6,00
Keukenhof 2020 ticket
If you live in Amsterdam, it is best to book one of the Amsterdam Keukenhof transfers *, With these, entry to the gardens is included in the ticket prices, and you save yourself queuing up at the cash desk in the gardens and can go straight to the entrance.
Amsterdam Keukenhof 2020 transfer incl.K Keukenhof ticket *
Arrival by public transport
From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: Keukenhof Express Bus 858
from Leiden Central Station: Keukenhof Express Bus 854
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 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.
Find accommodations near the Keukenhof here *
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 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.
All about (and for) Holland tulips
- Do you have your own garden or do you like to plant tulips yourself? Here you will find Tulip bulbs of different types * to plant yourself
- Do tulips wither too fast? Artificial tulips * stay fresh in the long term.
- Tulips look their best when arranged in the right vase. Here you will find Tulip vases * in all forms.
- Everything, what you can know about tulips *
- Beautify your home with Tulips decoration *
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.
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Tulips in Holland were once a luxury item
Tulips quickly became a luxury item in Holland. They multiply slowly, and so the value of the tulip soon rose to dizzying heights. The "Anvers" tulip achieved a maximum price of 510 guilders. At the time, a teacher (in the 17 century) received an annual salary of about 200 guilders. Between 1634 and 1637 reached the 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. 1850 published his book "The Black Tulip" to Alexandre Dumas. In it he reported on a competition in Haarlem in the year 1672, in which a high prize money was tendered for the new breed of a black tulip variety.
Nature does not know the color black. Tulips are dark red or purple. End of the 19. At the turn of the 20th century, the Dutch succeeded in cultivating varieties of tulips 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 a whole afternoon to visit Keukenhof. We would rather let the flowers affect us at a break on one of the benches or watch the swans as they seek their way to the centrally located lake on one of the canals in the park, in the middle of which lies an island.
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 in producing the tulip varieties. "Yesterday evening we had a light frost here", Miranda van Straten, who runs a tulip breeding together with her husband, receives us with these words. "We have to think about how we 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 work all year round to look after the tulips in such a way that they deliver the best results at harvest time," explains Miranda van Straten. "It also means that we plant varieties that ripen at different times. That's the only way we can give the individual varieties the right care. "In addition to tulips, the van Stratens also grow lilies that are only harvested in November. "This is how we better distribute our workforce," says Miranda.
Flower sea to the horizon
And so we see in the north of Holland in the land behind the dikes, but still the huge areas with tulips in different colors, which I had already expected at the Keukenhof in this form. In the future, I will certainly look at the tulip bouquets in our supermarkets with different eyes and with a little bit of memory of the tulip fields of the polder landscapes in Holland.
Accommodation near Bloeiend Zijpe *
KLM and Lufthansa fly to Amsterdam.
2161 AM Lisse
Opening hours 2020:
March 21 to May 10, daily from 8 a.m. to 19.30 p.m. Tickets are sold until 18.00 p.m.
In 2020 the park's motto is “A World of Colors”
Excursions from Amsterdam and sightseeing tours:
These so called Excursions and sightseeing tours * You can easily book through our partner Get Your Guide. Under this link you also get tickets without queuing (highly recommended!).
Accommodation in the surroundings of Keukenhof:
Hotels around Keukenhof * You can book through our partner booking.com at this link.
1756 CK't Zand
In April, hiking, trekking and cycling through the tulip fields are offered here. The current dates for these tours you will learn here.
For overnight we recommend this
Landgoed Duin en Kruidberg
Duin en Kruidbergerweg 60
2071 LE Santpoort
Information, availability query and online booking *
More tips for tulips in Holland you find on the travel blog of Simone
Source: own research on site. We thank you for inviting iamsterdam and the Dutch office for tourism
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
The best way to see the tulip bloom is in April.
It is 39 km or 37 minutes from Keukenhof to Amsterdam Central Station.
The Keukenhof is located near Lisse in the province of South Holland.
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