Keukenhof and Holland tulips from March to May

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Tulips with fringe edges in Keukenhof Holland

A trip to the tulips in Holland at Keukenhof 

See tulips in Holland when they are in bloom at Keukenhof. The time of the tulip bloom is in spring one of the most beautiful travel times in Holland, Between late March and mid-May, it blooms in the region west and north of Amsterdam, Tulips in all shapes and colors. On Visit to Keukenhof Holland is a must for anyone interested in tulips. Together with thousands of other visitors from all over the world, we stroll through the show gardens of Keukenhof near Amsterdam. This is one of the lovely day trips from Amsterdam. 


Yellow tulips and unusual shapes make a visit to the Keukenhof so interesting
Yellow tulips in Keukenhof Holland



I was expecting to see fields of flowers with tulips of all colors. Instead, the Keukenhof is a park in whose flowerbeds, in addition to tulips, hyacinths and daffodils compete for the favor of flower lovers. We see a few tulip fields in the area around the park, but we can find them in other regions of North Holland more. Even on the Texel in the Wadden Sea there are tulip and daffodil fields.



Spring fever in the Keukenhof, when you enjoy the first rays of the year
Spring fever in the Keukenhof


Keukenhof Holland - a paradise for tulip lovers

The Keukenhof is an exhibition area for tulips in Holland. The flowers come from farms in North Holland. Buyers come to Keukenhof to find out about new varieties of tulips. There are innumerable types of it. The variety of colors of the spring flowers ranges from violet to pastel colors to splendid specimens in many colors. Some of them are hardly reminiscent of tulips in their shape. We can hardly get enough of the flower shapes and colors.

In the pavilions there are flower shows, where you can see the tulips in their diversity. Exhibitions show how tulips are decoratively presented. You can also buy tulips and tulip bulbs.



Keukenhof Holland - You should know that

Keukenhof opening times 2024

The Keukenhof is open from March 21th to May 12th, 2024. 

If you want to see what the Keukenhof looks like today, you can do so via @visitkeukenhof Facebook, Instagram and Youtube . see

In 2024, Keukenhof admission is only available online

You can buy Keukenhof tickets buy online only The tickets are only available for a specific time slot. This controls the number of visitors. 
Alternatively, you can book a tour to Keukenhof. Early booking is also recommended here.
Car Parking € 6,00


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Keukenhof ticket included in tours from places in the area

If you live in Amsterdam, it is best to book one of the Amsterdam Keukenhof transfers*. For these, entry to the gardens is included in the fare.

Arrival by public transport

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From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: Keukenhof Express Bus 858
from Leiden Central Station: Keukenhof Express Bus 854
If you plan to travel to Keukenhof by car, you are likely to be stuck in a traffic jam.

Parking and access by car

There is a parking lot directly at the Keukenhof. Especially on the weekends, this fills up quickly. There is only one access road to the gardens. Therefore, you should plan for the journey a lot of time, because the traffic jams often over long distances. We therefore recommend staying overnight and cycling to the gardens. You can book accommodation nearby using the link in this article (see above) and the map of our partner

Keukenhof map

Here you will find one Orientation map for the Keukenhof.

Keukenhof Netherlands best time

The Keukenhof Gardens are a magnet for visitors. Especially during the tulip blossom in April, the park is very busy on the weekends. We therefore recommend a visit from Monday to Wednesday. A good time is also a visit in the morning or evening hours. Then it is quieter in the park.

Visit the Keukenhof with dog

Dogs can be taken as long as they are kept on a leash.

Tulips blooming time in Holland

The tulip fields in Holland bloom from late March to mid-May. 

Keukenhof best time

The spring flowers bloom most intensely between the beginning of April and the beginning of May. 

Keukenhof address 

Keukenhof Lisse, Stationsweg 166A 2161 AM Lisse, The Netherlands



At the heyday in Holland in the Keukenhof also many other shrubs and flowers are blooming
At the heyday in Holland at Keukenhof 2020

The tulips in Holland come from Turkey and China

Did you know that the tulips originally come from a mountain region between Turkey and China? Not me. Turkish sultans celebrated the tulips in spring - just like the Dutch today, by the way Tulip festivals in Holland, Specialized tulip varieties have even been published as illustrated books. The tulip was a decorative motif on tiles and other utensils.


All about (and for) Holland tulips

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Than in the 16. In the 20th century, when Dutch international trade became increasingly important, Turkey became the focus of the Dutchman. Constantinople was a trading port, and the Tulip pleased the traders from Holland well. Botanists like Carolus Clusius wrote about the tulip bulbs and exchanged them within their network. 1593 became Clusius director of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, where he planted tulips. So the tulip found its way to Holland.


A walk in the tulip park is a way to enjoy the beautiful days in the spring
A walk in the tulip park


Tulips in Holland were once a luxury item

Tulips quickly became a luxury item in Holland. They reproduce only slowly, and so the value of the tulip soon rose to dizzying heights. The "Anvers" tulip achieved a maximum price of 510 guilders. At that time (in the 17th century) a teacher received an annual salary of around 200 guilders. Between 1634 and 1637 the reached Tulpenmanie culminating.


Tulips in all shapes and colors make a visit to the Keukenhof so interesting
Tulips in Holland in all forms


Holland tulips are available in an enormous variety of colors and shapes in the Tulip Park

I could continue the photo gallery here, the selection of colors, shapes and sizes of tulip flowers is so large. They are all beautiful. But apparently some buyers prefer short tulips, while others prefer the long-stemmed ones. When it comes to colors, preferences are even more diverse. The hunt for the black tulip once caused a sensation. In 1850 Alexandre Dumas published his book “The Black Tulip”. In it he reported on a competition in Haarlem in 1672 in which high prize money was offered for the new breeding of a black tulip variety.

Nature does not know the color black. Tulips are dark red or purple. At the end of the 19th century, the Dutch managed to cultivate varieties of tulips that came close to the color black. "The Queen of the Night" and the "Black Parrot" still exist today. If you want, you can find these rarities in the Keukenhof. However, we did not discover them on our tour, although we take an entire afternoon to visit Keukenhof. We'd rather let the flowers work on us during a break on one of the benches or watch the swans as they make their way to the centrally located lake on one of the canals in the park, with an island in the middle.


Red and pink tulips in Holland
Red and pink tulips in The Netherlands
Daffodils and hyacinths in the Keukenhof in Lisse
Daffodils and hyacinths in the Keukenhof in Lisse
Even swans feel comfortable in the tulip park
Even swans feel comfortable in the tulip park


When is flowering time?

From mid-March to mid-May, flowering is in North Holland. This is celebrated every year, such as the Bollenstreek flower corso, The main flowering time for tulips is in April. Then the North in Holland to a sea of ​​colors and flowers, On our onward journey through the Villages in Holland we meet the first colorful tulip fields. At Bloeiend Zijpe in St. Martinzee we learn more about the problems that tulip growers face when producing the tulip varieties. “Last night we had a little frost here,” says Miranda van Straten, who runs a tulip with her husband. "We have to consider how we can protect the shoots against it."




We learn that the tulips thrive in the fields along the seashore. The wind from the sea keeps the vermin away. The flowers in these fields are not intended for sale, but are in a kind of intermediate stage. When the tulips bloom, a selection takes place that sorts out sick plants. In the same way, plants are removed whose flowers do not correspond to what is supposed to grow on the field.


Petar in the tulip sea
Petar in the tulip sea


What happens after the selection?

Once the selection has taken place, the flowers are capped. This ensures that the power of the plant flows into the onion. This way you get the tulip bulbs, which are harvested in autumn and offered on the flower markets of the world. The demands of the buyer regions are different: Russia prefers tall tulips, while in other countries certain colors are in demand.

"We are busy all year round looking after the tulips so that they deliver the best possible result at harvest time," explains Miranda van Straten. “This also means that we plant varieties that mature at different times. This is the only way we can give the individual varieties the right care.” For this reason, the van Stratens also grow lilies in addition to tulips, which are only harvested in November. "It's a better way to distribute our workforce," says Miranda.


Tulips to the horizon
Tulips to the horizon
Red tulips in Holland
Red tulips in Holland


Flower sea to the horizon

In the north of Holland, in the land behind the dykes, we can still see the huge areas with tulips in different colors, which I had already expected in this form at the Keukenhof. In the future I will definitely look at the bouquets of tulips in our supermarkets with different eyes and with a good pinch of memory of the tulip fields from the polder landscapes in Holland.

You can't go to Holland to see the tulips bloom? On these Excursion destinations in Germany in spring it also blooms profusely. 

Have you ever experienced the tulips yourself in Holland at Keukenhof?

Then tell us about your impressions and experiences in a comment. Maybe you have special tips that would be interesting for other visitors? We look forward to your contributions and our readers are guaranteed to appreciate them. 


Travel Arrangements:

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Arrival to the tulips in Holland at Keukenhof

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Stationsweg 166A
2161 AM Lisse

Opening hours:

March 21 to May 12, 2024, daily from 8 a.m. to 19.30 p.m. Tickets are only sold online. The times for the visit are fixed.

The motto for 2024 is “A World of Colors”.

Excursions from Amsterdam and sightseeing tours:

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Accommodation near Keukenhof:

Hotels around Keukenhof * You can also book through our partner at this link.

Bloeiend Zijpe
Groteweg 9
1756 CK 't Zand
In April, hiking, trekking and cycling through the tulip fields are offered here. The current dates for these tours you can also find out here.

For overnight we recommend this
Landgoed Duin en Kruidberg
Duin en Kruidbergerweg 60
2071 LE Santpoort
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Fancy tulips
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Other Slow Travel You can find travel destinations here, for example. Furthermore, discover others Gardens and parks.

More tips for tulips in Holland can also be found on Simone's travel blog


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Source: own research on site. We would definitely like to thank you for the invitation from iamsterdam and the Dutch office for tourism

Text Tulips in Holland Keukenhof: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline

When is the nicest time at Keukenhof?

The best time to see the tulip blooms is in April.

How far is it from Keukenhof to Amsterdam?

It is 39 km or 37 minutes from Keukenhof to Amsterdam Central Station.

Where is the Keukenhof in Holland?

The Keukenhof is located near Lisse in the province of South Holland.

When do the tulips bloom in Holland?

The best time to see flowering tulips in Holland is between late March and mid-May.

Keukenhof and Holland tulips from March to May

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

14 thoughts too "Keukenhof and Holland tulips from March to May"

  1. It is definitely exciting to see the sea of ​​flowers "live". I was in Amsterdam back in July, unfortunately too late for the tulip blossom. But I like these flowers very much. Much better than lilies ;-).
    Thank you for the detailed report!

    1. Dear Barbara,

      it really is an experience to travel through the Netherlands to the tulip blossom. Already when flying over you can see the colorful fields. Thanks for your nice comment.

      Best regards,

  2. Hello you two,
    We love Holland and I am the total garden fan with its own allotment garden. I wonder why we have never been to Keukenhof before ...
    High time that we tackle this when I see your pictures!
    Best regards from Sanne

    1. Dear Sanne,

      just when you have your own garden, a visit to the Keukenhof is very interesting. You get an overview of how diverse tulips can be and can get you the matching flower bulbs there. How incredibly diverse tulips can be surprised us.

      Best regards,

  3. Dear Ones,
    what a nice tour. That's the heart of so many flowers. Like Petar, I would have liked to be in the middle of the Tulip Sea. That must be a great feeling. I have not come up with the idea yet. Above all, Holland is not that far. Thanks for the nice article with a touch of spring.

    Best regards, Selda

    1. Dear Selda,

      that's really great too. Most of all, one would like to stand there with every tulip field and stand in the middle. They are available in so many different colors.

      Best regards,

  4. Hi monika,

    as a self-confessed flower fan, this is of course the right article for me. My mother was a few years ago in the Keukenhof tulip time and was also totally excited. Why I was not there yet? - No idea. But I should definitely catch up. Simply ingenious the variety of colors and shapes. I have the impression that I can even smell the scent.

    Kind regards

    Liane / DieReiseEule

    1. Dear Liane,

      If you like flowers, the Keukenhof is the right destination for you. A tip: during the week it is quieter there. Then you can really enjoy that.

      Best regards,

  5. You two,
    Heaven and sunshine also create a bit of spring feelings today, but thanks to your beautiful colorful flower pictures, spring is really catching on.
    Tulip blossom in Holland, this is still a destination that I would like to experience.
    So far, I've always been only in Amsterdam, but even there it was enchanting - even without tulips.
    Best regards, Katja

    1. Dear Katja,

      you would like that for sure. We have become great Holland fans through our trips to the tulip time. There is certainly much more to discover.

      Best regards,

  6. Dear Julie,

    that's her really. We were fortunate that two of our previous Holland trips took place at the time of the tulip bloom. This is really a very special experience. So far, we only know Amsterdam from a flying visit before flying home. We would also like to take a closer look.

    Best regards,

  7. What a beautiful and colorful contribution!
    To experience the tulip blossom I imagine really great!
    I was already twice in Holland, but "only" in Amsterdam and never during the tulip bloom. I would definitely like it too. :)
    Many greetings

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