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Holland tulips are in bloom from March to May

Yellow tulips and unusual shapes make a visit to the Keukenhof so interesting
Yellow tulips in Keukenhof in Holland

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 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.

Spring fever in the Keukenhof, when you enjoy the first rays of the year
Spring fever in the Keukenhof

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 - you should know that

Keukenhof opening times

21 March to 10. May
The cash registers are open from 08.00 to 18.00.

Keukenhof prices

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 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 transfer incl.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.

Keukenhof map

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 *


At the heyday in Holland in the Keukenhof also many other shrubs and flowers are blooming
At the heyday in Holland at Keukenhof 2020

The tulips in Holland come from Turkey and China

Did you know that the tulips originally came from a mountainous region between Turkey and China? Not me. Turkish sultans celebrated the tulips in the spring - by the way, as well as 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

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.

A walk in the tulip park is a way to enjoy the beautiful days in the spring
A walk in the tulip park

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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.

Tulips in all shapes and colors make a visit to the Keukenhof so interesting
Tulips in Holland in all forms

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 on a break on the benches or watch the swans make their way to the central lake on one of the canals in the park, in the middle of which is an island.

Red and pink tulips in Holland
Red and pink tulips in The Netherlands
Daffodils and hyacinths in the Keukenhof in Lisse
Daffodils and hyacinths in the Keukenhof in Lisse
Even swans feel comfortable in the tulip park
Even swans feel comfortable in the tulip park

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.

Petar in the tulip sea
Petar in the tulip sea

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 in such a way that they deliver the optimal result at the time of harvest," explains Miranda van Straten. “This also means that we plant varieties that mature at different times. This is the only way we can provide the right cultivation for the individual varieties. ”For this reason, in addition to tulips, the van Stratens also grow lilies that are only harvested in November. “This is how we distribute our workforce better,” says Miranda.

Tulips to the horizon
Tulips to the horizon
Red tulips in Holland
Red tulips in Holland

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 *


Travel Arrangements:

Getting there
KLM and Lufthansa fly to Amsterdam.

Cheap Car Hire - Book Fast and Easy! *

Stationsweg 166A
2161 AM Lisse

Opening hours:
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”

Please note: Because of the corona virus, public (outdoor) meetings with more than 100 people are not allowed in Holland. Click here you can follow the current status.

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.

Bloeiend Zijpe
Groteweg 9
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 *

Fancy tulips
Click on the photo and pin "Lust auf Tulpen" in Pinterest

Find more Slow Travel Tips Destinations can be found here. Discover others Gardens and parks.

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

When is the nicest time at Keukenhof?

The best way to see the tulip bloom 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.


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  3. Barbara / travel psycho
    | Reply

    It is definitely exciting to see the sea of ​​flowers "live". I was in Amsterdam back in July, unfortunately too late for the tulip blossom. But I like these flowers very much. Much better than lilies ;-).
    Thank you for the detailed report!

    • Monika
      | Reply

      Dear Barbara,

      it really is an experience to travel through the Netherlands to the tulip blossom. Already when flying over you can see the colorful fields. Thanks for your nice comment.

      Best regards,

  4. Sanne
    | Reply

    Hello you two,
    We love Holland and I am the total garden fan with its own allotment garden. I wonder why we have never been to Keukenhof before ...
    High time that we tackle this when I see your pictures!
    Best regards from Sanne

    • Monika
      | Reply

      Dear Sanne,

      just when you have your own garden, a visit to the Keukenhof is very interesting. You get an overview of how diverse tulips can be and can get you the matching flower bulbs there. How incredibly diverse tulips can be surprised us.

      Best regards,

  5. Selda
    | Reply

    Dear Ones,
    what a nice tour. That's the heart of so many flowers. Like Petar, I would have liked to be in the middle of the Tulip Sea. That must be a great feeling. I have not come up with the idea yet. Above all, Holland is not that far. Thanks for the nice article with a touch of spring.

    Best regards, Selda

    • Monika
      | Reply

      Dear Selda,

      that's really great too. Most of all, one would like to stand there with every tulip field and stand in the middle. They are available in so many different colors.

      Best regards,

  6. ReiseEule
    | Reply

    Hi monika,

    as a self-confessed flower fan, this is of course the right article for me. My mother was a few years ago in the Keukenhof tulip time and was also totally excited. Why I was not there yet? - No idea. But I should definitely catch up. Simply ingenious the variety of colors and shapes. I have the impression that I can even smell the scent.

    Kind regards

    Liane / DieReiseEule

    • Monika
      | Reply

      Dear Liane,

      If you like flowers, the Keukenhof is the right destination for you. A tip: during the week it is quieter there. Then you can really enjoy that.

      Best regards,

  7. Auszeitgeniesser
    | Reply

    You two,
    Heaven and sunshine also create a bit of spring feelings today, but thanks to your beautiful colorful flower pictures, spring is really catching on.
    Tulip blossom in Holland, this is still a destination that I would like to experience.
    So far, I've always been only in Amsterdam, but even there it was enchanting - even without tulips.
    Best regards, Katja

    • Monika
      | Reply

      Dear Katja,

      you would like that for sure. We have become great Holland fans through our trips to the tulip time. There is certainly much more to discover.

      Best regards,

  8. Monika
    | Reply

    Dear Julie,

    that's her really. We were fortunate that two of our previous Holland trips took place at the time of the tulip bloom. This is really a very special experience. So far, we only know Amsterdam from a flying visit before flying home. We would also like to take a closer look.

    Best regards,

  9. Julie
    | Reply

    What a beautiful and colorful contribution!
    To experience the tulip blossom I imagine really great!
    I was already twice in Holland, but "only" in Amsterdam and never during the tulip bloom. I would definitely like it too. :)
    Many greetings

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