Holland has become synonymous with tulips over the centuries. It has even built a multimillion dollar floral industry upon it. While tulips were introduced to the Dutch in the 16th century by Turkey, there is something exceptional about watching tulips amongst the windmills of Holland. Especially so at Keukenhof Park which has the biggest display of these bulb beauties such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and many more. Watching the Dutch tulips has to be in the bucket list for everyone. Read along to learn more about visiting the park or just enjoy watching the pictures below.
We visited Amsterdam on a whim for a long weekend i.e. only 3 days which seemed pretty short. But we were still able to squeeze in half a day to enjoy the park. When planning your trip to Amsterdam do consider visiting in the spring season if you want to see the blossoms. TIP: Reaching the park at early hours is the key to maximize your time out there. To read about “what to do in Amsterdam in 3 days“, check out our blog here.
Nestled in the cozy town of Lisle, the largest spring garden in Holland is located just south of Amsterdam. Each year it is usually open from mid March to mid May depending on the weather. This year (2017) the park is open from March 23rd to May 21st so you still have time to head out there! TIP: We recommend buying your tickets in advance from the park website to avoid standing in lines. If you are driving then you will need to purchase the garden entrance tickets as well as the parking tickets. If you are taking public transport then buy the Combi Ticket for bus/train + gardens.
TIP: You really do not need to go with any tour company to visit Keukenhof, its very easily accessible by public transport. The park is really huge so give yourself atleast 2-3 hours to see all the floral exhibits outdoors as well as indoors. There are a few places inside the park for snack and refreshment as well.
GETTING TO KEUKENHOF
The park is about 35 kms south of Amsterdam and 22 kms south of Schiphol international airport. We took the train from Amsterdam to Schipol airport and then a bus to the park, and it was very convenient.
From Schiphol airport there is Keukenhof Express bus 858 that runs every 15 mins during the season that the garden is open. It barely takes half an hour to reach the park from the airport. Getting to the airport from Amsterdam city is fairly easy by local trains. Keukenhof Express bus stop is different than the local city bus stops although they are both right outside the airport. So ask around if you do not see tulip covered buses outside.
You could also take a train to Leiden Central station and then hop on bus 854 to Keukenhof park. The trains to Leiden run from both Amsterdam or Haarlem Central stations which might be most likely where you are based.
Depending on where you are driving from, you will take A4 highway if you are driving from the airport. There is a big parking lot at the park premises and it’s paid parking.
BIKING AROUND THE PARK
Let’s not discount biking while you are in the land of bicycles, shall we? While its tempting to spend all of your time in the park, we highly recommend checking out the dutch countryside by biking along the tulip and daffodil fields. This was the highlight of our trip and I am sure it will be of yours as well. Bike rentals are conveniently located in the car park right behind the main entrance of Keukenhof park. With the bike rental you get a map of different bike routes you can take along all the colorful floral fields. These fields are just around the corner of the park so you don’t even need to bike far enough to get to these fields. TIP: Give yourselves adequate time to bike along the flower fields, you will thank us later. If you are feeling adventurous then there are bike trails starting from Haarlem heading south to the park. However, keep in mind that it might take a couple of hours to get there if you chose to bike from Haarlem.
If you are like me and can never get enough of flowers (my husband just deals with it, lol) then below is a media bloom or photo gallery of our favorite pics from the park
To view slide show, please click on any one of the pictures and select the next arrow.
Happy Spring Traveling!