Known as the “Garden of Europe”, Keukenhof regards itself as the most beautiful spring garden in the world. Well, I, for one, am not inclined to disagree. I have never been as enamored with flowers as I had been when I went to Keukenhof during my trip to Amsterdam this spring. I had the fortune of timing my 2018 #EURockMyWorld tour during tulip season in the Netherlands and I was even luckier to be there during a fine sunny day. Set against a bright blue sky, colorful flowers filling the air with divine fragrance can definitely lift up one’s spirits and erase one’s troubles.
When is the best time to visit Keukenhof?
Keukenhof is open only in spring, from end of March to mid-May, every day of the week, from 08:00 to 19:30. This year, it’s open only until May 13. If you could plan your itinerary, try to schedule your visit on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday when there are fewer people to photobomb your shots. Try also to get there as early as you could, or you would have to wait for the last remaining hours for the park to clear up a bit.
Since tulips are not the only flowers blooming in the park, it’s safe to say that you can visit it any time it is open. But I would think the best period to visit Keukenhof would be during the second half of April when tulips are already in full bloom, but before the end of April when tulip heads are taken off by farmers.
For our trip, we were able to time our visit on a fair Saturday afternoon. As can be expected, there were hordes of tourists! Good thing that by around four o’clock in the afternoon, people started leaving so we had a couple of hours to enjoy the park relatively people-free.
What can you do in Keukenhof?
Keukenhof is a park and as soon as you enter, you will feel that undeniable urge to take photos of the gorgeous flowers all around. Aside from the flowers, there is a playground, a maze and a petting zoo for children. There was even a falcon show when we visited. There are also various indoor flower exhibitions and these are not limited to tulips but other flower varieties are also in show such as orchids, crocuses, hyacinths and others. There is also a boat trip offered and having picnics is possible.
As Keukenhof is very tourist-oriented, there is free Wi-Fi available around the pavilions, restaurants and a traditional Dutch windmill overlooking the tulip fields and a shop that sells traditional wooden clogs and Dutch cheese.
How to get to Keukenhof?
There are plenty of options if you are coming from Amsterdam. But the best way is to take the train to the Schiphol airport, look for the Keukenhof ushers and take their bus straight to Keukenhof. More on the next section.
Alternatively, we saw a lot of tour groups in Amsterdam being herded by Keukenhof-uniformed guides. These are the organized tours that include transport by air-conditioned coach, entrance fees and a live guide.
How much are the tickets to Keukenhof in 2018?
- Adult tickets: 17 Euros
- Children aged 4 to 17 year olds: 8 Euros
- Groups of at least 20 people: 14.75 Euros
- Adult combi entrance + return bus ticket from Schiphol, Leiden, Haarlem: 24.50 Euros
- Adult combi entrance + return bus ticket from Amsterdam: 29.50 Euros
- Child (4-17) entrance + return bus ticket from Amsterdam, Haarlem, Schiphol, Leiden: 12.50 Euros
- Park Guide: 5 Euros
- Parking fee: 6 Euros
Buy your tickets here at the Keukenhof website.
Pro Tips: Which Keukenhof combi ticket to buy?
Adult combi entrance + return bus ticket from Schiphol, Leiden, Haarlem for 24.50 Euros
- Best option if you are staying near the Amsterdam Centraal Station.
- Going to Keukenhof, take the train to Schiphol Airport for 4.30 Euros.
- On your way back, take the train from the Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station for another 4:30 Euros.
- Total expenses: 33.10 Euros
Adult combi entrance + return bus ticket from Amsterdam for 29.50 Euros.
- Best if you are staying near Museumplein.
- You can use the ticket to access Bus 397 to the Schiphol Airport. There is a bus stop at the Rijksmuseum.
- Check out the other bus stops here.
In short, don’t be like us who availed the 29.50 Euro ticket, only to buy another tram ticket to Museumplein.
I loved Keukenhof. Despite the wild goose chase looking for Bus 397, despite our weekend visit and the inescapable number of tourists, despite the extra Euros we had to spend, I believe that if you happen to find yourself in Amsterdam during spring, you must visit Keukenhof.
April 7, 2018
Photos were taken using iPhone 6 or 8
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