It’s colorful and eye-pleasing. You’ll encounter many people wearing their biggest smiles as they loiter around and often confused which side to look at first. Millions of nature lovers flock to Holland’s famous flower park every year when it opens its door for visitors from Mid-March until Mid-May. With over 7 million flowers in bloom and 800 different types of tulips planted over 32 hectares, Keukenhof in Lisse, is known as the largest garden in the world and the garden of Egypt. Besides tulips, the park hosts a beautiful collection of orchids, roses, carnations, daffodils, hyacinths, irises and lilies.
The park is divided into different garden styles for example there is a Japanese garden, a nature garden, a historical garden etc. In addition, Keukenhof is home to the largest statue garden in Holland. It is one of the most creative places with concepts that go beyond the imagination, be it old cars revamped into a masterpiece adorned with flowers or half buried into the land filled with plants, gleaming lakes, man-made ponds and beautiful murals.
There are around 100 companies that participate in the event yearly. Keukenhof acts as a medium through which the companies can display their products, network and grow their businesses further. The theme at the park changes each year. There are a few restaurants and food vendors onsite but you can also take your own lunch with you.
The story behind Keukenhof garden
Back in the 1500s, the countess used to gather fruits, vegetables and herbs from the land. This is how it got its name, Keukenhof means kitchen garden. Later on, in 1641 Keukenhof castle was built on an area of over 200 hectares and shortly after the land surrounding the castle was redesigned into a beautiful park which served as the ornamental garden of the castle. After couple of years, the park was opened to the public, receiving some two hundred thousand visitors in the first year making it a successful event.
Surprisingly, Keukenhof attracts many kid visitors. There are quite a few attractions on site for children such a petting farm, a playground, treasure hunts, maze and flower shows.
How to get there
There are different ways to get to the garden:
It is located between Amsterdam and Hague. You can take A4 and A44 and just follow the signs for Keukenhof. You can park your vehicle at Keukenhof for a small fee.
Otherwise, cycle your way past beautiful tulip fields till the park. You can park your bicycle for free outside the park and use the Keukenhof rental bike to explore inside. Renting the bike gives you a discount card that you can use at the restaurants, shops, farms and museums.
Catch the Keukenhof Express at Schiphol airport, Haarlem, Leiden or Amsterdam Centraal. The combination ticket normally includes the entry ticket to the park and a return ticket.
Bus 858 takes around 30 mins to reach Keukenhof from Schiphol airport and there’s a direct bus (No. 852) from Europlein (RAI) Metro Station. Alternatively you can take the regional buses.
Leiden: Bus 854 (Keukenhof Express)
Katwijk and Noordwijk: Bus 90 goes to Keukenhof.
Harlem: Bus 50 pass Keukenhof
Lisse: Bus 57 runs to Keukenhof
Good to know
- The admission ticket is normally priced at € 18,00 for those above 12 years old and kids pay around € 8,00.
- The park is open daily from 8am till 7:30pm. The last admission is at 6pm.
- You can get your free map from the ticket office or at the entrance of the flower park.
- The long tulip fields that you can see on Instagram do not form part of the park. They are normally private tulip fields with restricted access.
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