I was a guest of Keukenhof in April 2017. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and mine alone, regardless of any compensation I receive.
What tops your Travel Bucket List lately? If a trip to Keukenhof – The Most Beautiful Spring Garden in the World – is on your list, Bravo! If Keukenhof doesn’t top your list, I’ll convince you to add this stunner to your Bucket List.
Here are our 7 Tips for Your Visit to Keukenhof.
The name “Keukenhof” is a rather silly one to those who understand Dutch. “Keuken” = kitchen, and “hof” = garden place. Why “kitchen garden”? As the story goes, in the 15th century, Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria, known as Jacoba van Beieren (1401-1436) lived on the land today known as “Lisse”, where Keukenhof lies. Countess van Beieren loved the land and collected fruits and vegetables in the forest there, delivering her harvests to the kitchens of Teylingen Castle. Hence, the “kitchen garden”.
Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641, at which time the estate took up an area of 200+ hectares. In 1857, the castle gardens were redesigned to reflect an English landscape style, which still exists in the main portion of the park. In 1949, a group of 20 flower bulb exporters agreed to use the Keukenhof estate a permanent exhibition of spring flowering bulbs. The park formally opened its gates in 1950, and enjoyed instant success, welcoming 236,000 visitors in its inaugural year. This year, Keukenhof anticipates attracting over 1.1 Million visitors from 100+ countries during its open season March 23-May 21, 2017.
7 Tips for Your Visit to the Keukenhof
As you see the tall, ornate Fritillaria imperialis amongst the gardens, think of this legend to explain its unique appearance. Long ago, Jesus Christ visited the flowers adorning the Mount of Olives. Fritillaria in its proud glory stood tall and refused to bow along with all the other flora who sympathized with Jesus. Jesus approached Fritillaria, greeting him and kindly reprimanded him for his insolence. Immediately, Fritillaria blushed (hence, it’s bold colors), and bowed its head in shame (the reason blooms “bow” beneath a crown atop the flower), overwhelmed by Jesus’ kindness of character. At times, drops of water fall from Fritillaria’s blooms – the “tears” of shame for disgracing Jesus.
On my quick research, I found a variety of air carriers flying from several major cities worldwide to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prices will vary by travel dates and city of origin.
I make no claim to be a travel agent or expert on booking travel. My purpose is to help give a general idea of what to expect when booking travel to and within Amsterdam, Leiden, Noordwijk and Lisse, The Netherlands.
If you are traveling to The Netherlands between mid-March and mid-May, you’ll be wise to devote at least one day to visiting the Keukenhof. The park is easily accessible by bike if staying in Leiden (53 min), Noordwijk (38 min), Sassenheim (24 min) or Lisse (11 min). It’s also feasible to stay in Amsterdam (>60 min), and travel via a special bus to Keukenhof.
The exact address of the Keukenhof is:
2161 AM Lisse
You may also access the Keukenhof by public transportation (train or bus), taxi, Uber, car or motorhome. Parking costs €6 per day. There are parking lots with easy access to the park, including a special parking lot for motorhomes.
Keukenhof Admission prices and Hours of Operation 2017
|Adults (incl. 65+)||€ 16,00|
|Children (aged 0 to 3)||Free of charge|
|Children (aged 4 to 11)||€ 8,00|
|Groups (20-200 people)||€ 13,50|
|Park guide||€ 5,00|
|Parking cars||€ 6,00|
Ticket Office is open daily 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Gardens are open daily 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM.
With several exhibition halls and restaurants from which to choose, there’s something for everyone at the Keukenhof. My favorite restaurant is the cafe within the Irene Pavilion. The grounds of the park alone are stunning. Every year, 7 million bulbs supplied by 100 royal bulb growers, are meticulously hand-planted by 40 gardeners using a “lasagna” layering technique. The gardeners carefully preen and maintain the gardens with the utmost care all year round.
Every season at the Keukenhof has several special events. You’ll find a list of the events, their show dates and locations within the park on the Keukenhof website. The pavilions within the park each serve different purposes and host separate events.
Tulips in Holland 2017 – informational website with details for your visit
Park’s website – Practical info to plan your visit