World’s Largest Garden of Europe – Keukenhof
Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres).
Keukenhof is located in South Holland, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. It is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol. It is located in an area called the “Dune and Bulb Region”.
*Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.
At Keukenhof, you’d think you were adrift on a sea of flowers. Divided across various gardens and pavilions, the tulips and other flowers number in the millions. Keukenhof has a different theme each year, meaning that it is never the same.
Unique in the world, this park attracts over a million visitors every year. Note that the tulips bloom only from mid-March to mid-May, meaning that the park is only open during this period.
*Want to get indulge with the scenic view of tulip field? A flight over the flower fields in the Royal DC-3 Dakota aircraft is surely a unique experience, only available during from April till May every Saturday and Sunday only.
Flower Show Pavillions
As many as 500 growers present their prize blooms for leading flower arrangers to use in their unique shows. Not all the flowers at Keukenhof are outside: the pavilions are also packed with flowering bulbs, cut flowers and pot plants.
At the Orange Nassau Pavilion, you can enjoy colourful floral displays that change every week. The Willem-Alexander Pavilion shows many thousands of tulips and during the last 12 days of the season, it is home to the world’s largest lily show, a true spectacle. The Beatrix Pavilion gives you the chance to enjoy a mass of orchids and anthuriums for eight weeks.
*Oranje Nassau Pavilion also provide spectacular daily flower arranging demonstrations – by revealing how flowers can be used to make simple bouquets to unexpected creations.
“Tulips” Shopping Spree
Another best part about visiting Keukenhof is none other than buying unique tulips related souvenirs from – postcard, keychain, teapot, flower photos, tees and many more.
Dutch Tulip style designer bags – is a must-have in the shopping list, looks very elegant and comes with many types of sizes and matching colours! 😉
*If photos aren’t enough, you can also buy colourful bulbs from the local shop. Make sure you check the customs regulations of your destination or home country first, though.
The admission fees for Keukenhof
Children aged 4 to 17 years
Children aged 0 to 3 years
*Keukenhof is open from 21 March 2019 up to 19 May 2019.
- From Schiphol – Take Bus 858
- From Leiden – Take Bus 850/854
- From Amsterdam – Have to take a bus to Schiphol beforehand.
- Expect to pay these fees (fees are given for one way and up to 4 persons maximum.)
- Amsterdam Central to Keukenhof – € 95
- Schiphol to Keukenhof – € 55
- Leiden to Keukenhof – € 50
- The Hague to Keukenhof – €75
*On busy days (parade day, Easter, weekends) it is possible that the bus from Schiphol Airport is full of people and that people are waiting in line to get in. You can avoid this by travelling ahead of schedule.
Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands.
Contact: +31 0252 465 555
Open Hour: 09.00 am – 05.00 pm (Mon-Sun)