Floral Frenzy at Keukenhof – the Tulip Garden

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A floral extravaganza at a park that only opens for two months in a year – the Keukenhof Garden in Lisse, Netherlands. Years back, my hubby happened to visit this park during his official trips to Netherlands. The pictures he got back were unbelievable and since then, it had been on my wish-list – finally to be fulfilled last year, when we just managed to get there 2 days before it shut for the rest of the year.  
Tulips Extravaganza at Keukenhof
Tulips Extravaganza at Keukenhof
Every year, the gardens have a different theme.  2015 was the anniversary of Van Goghand hence, the garden reflected the same.  2014, the year I went, was about Canal houses or Holland. Truly speaking, this is why every picture of the park looks so different and which is why every year is a unique year for a visitor to the famous Keukenhof gardens.   
Tulips at Keukenhof
For me, Keukenhof was a unique, vibrant and refreshing experience  -two reasons. First of, Tulips are not common to the place I belong and this was the first time, that I was seeing a whole field of them. Second, unlike the various botanical parks that I had been to, this was far different with its Tulips, orchids and floral arrangements – all giving you the art and culture that Netherlands is so well known for. 
Let me start by giving you a little trivia about Keukenhof. This place was never meant to be a park but was a hunting ground first and later, a herb garden for the Countess of Hainaut. After her death, this was converted to an open-air exhibition of flowers and bulbs, which now forms the famed garden. 

 Us at Keukenhof

The garden is quite huge and absolutely gorgeous. Since I was there just two days short of its closure, I was told that most of the tulips were already harvested. Makes me wonder what it would have been had it been 15 days earlier. Even with a lot of tulips harvested, the place is a complete floral rainbow. The riot of colors and the amazing scenic spots are apt for some lovely selfies and photos for an everlasting memory.
Fun at Keukenhof
 There is a lovely fountain area that is filled with some ducks. The ducks are quite friendly as well and swim so close to you that you could almost touch them. Of course, remember feeding them is not permitted and as friendly as they may seem, they do not take kindly to petting either. 🙂
Keukenhof Tulip gardens in Netherlands
A little ahead are some farm animals and a peacock. The peacock was a surprise as I did not really expect one in Netherlands. Nonetheless, was lucky to see it around. Along the path is an area where there is an old windmill – a symbol of Netherlands. 

Windmill at Keukenhof

A little ahead are some farm animals and a peacock. The peacock was a surprise as I did not really expect one in Netherlands. Nonetheless, was lucky to see it around. Along the path is an area where there is an old windmill – a symbol of Netherlands. 

Clogs at Keukenhof

A special mention to the flower pavilion in the park. I found some amazing flower arrangements and arches of lily whilst here. This corner has some really artist floral arrangements. Almost felt like a princess here – surrounded by floral scents and sights. 

Keukenhof Gardens

  And while Keukenhof is known as a tulip garden, it is not just one. There are rows and rows of other flowers including Wordsworth’s daffodils, hydrangeas, gerberas and freesia. Those exotic fragrances that we use but have possibly only seen pictures of the flowers on the net – right there in front of you in different colors. Why would you not feel like Royalty?

Hyacinths in Blues and Pinks at Keukenhof
Hyacinths in Blues and Pinks at Keukenhof

My daughter and me had an amazing time playing “Color Color- which color do you want?” for practically, every possible shade and color were around in the garden by way of the flowers. And yes, even black – as you can see below. I mean – How creative can nature really get?

Blackish- Red Tulips @ Keukenhoff
Blackish- Red Tulips @ #Keukenhoff
Time seemed less when we were here and while there were are few sights that I have missed, am sure will come back just to cover the same. Check out the travel tips section to know a few more tips about visiting Keukenhof -Tulip Gardens in Netherlands.

Getting to Keukenhof:

  • The best way to travel to this garden is to take the express buses from Amsterdam. There are buses available from the Amsterdam city center (Line 197) or the Schinphol airport  are regular intervals to take you directly to Keukenhof.  
  • You can purchase a combination ticket of the bus fare and the entrance tickets to Keukenhof, whilst traveling these express buses.
  • You can opt for an Amsterdam Holland Pass for some better deals. This pass includes some deals for other attractions like museums in Amsterdam as well.

Travel Tips:

Map of Keukenhof park

  •  Here is the official site of the Keukenhof Gardens. You can buy tickets online as well. The price of the tickets for adults is 16 Euros while that of kids below 11 years is 8 Euros. Kids below 3 years are admitted free of charge.
  • Remember to grab the map as in the pic above, at the entrance for an easy guide to the gardens.
  • As I mentioned earlier in my post, Keukenhof is open only 2 months of a year- from end of March to the mid of May. Make sure your trip is planned well in advance. Try to go as early as possible so that you can enjoy a complete bloom of tulips.
  • There are a few cafes and restaurants at the entrance of the park. 
  • The park is open from 8:00am to 7:30pm. Remember the sun in Netherlands in this season generally shines bright even at 7 pm. So you can really enjoy the park during this time.
  • Check out the website for some interesting events that are planned at the park. 
  • Short cycling routes are charted out around the park. These routes are not inside the park. Cycles are available on rent at the entrance of the park.
  • There are small boat rides available for additional price at the Windmill in the Keukenhof park. This is a beautiful 1 hour ride that takes you along the fields of tulips.
  • Keukenhof park is very well developed with good pathways and facilities for easy navigation of prams for kids. There is free wi-fi also, available at the park. 
  • The curios store is great for buying some memories of Netherlands. The prices are fixed and if you request them, they pack the curios really well for a journey across the world.


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31 Responses

  1. Indeed a treat to eyes. The pics have come out well. 🙂

  2. Flowers are god's gift for us. Lovely pictures.

  3. love the place… stunning pics Ami 🙂

  4. Thanks Indrani.

  5. Thank you Somali…This place does feel like a paradise.

  6. Thanks Archana….the experience here is something else altogether. I felt like a princess here . 🙂

  7. Awesome pics Ami..

  8. Thank you for the wonderful virtual tour of Keukenhof!

  9. Absolute delight to watch these pix…vibrant colors.

  10. Thanks Anjali

  11. Thanks Vishal

  12. Thanks Ananya

  13. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it

  14. Thanks Bushra

  15. What love the place and beautiful picture…..

  16. Stunning pictures and lovely place …

  17. I am literally drooling over the pictures!

  18. Thank you Mridula. The real experience is something else altogether 🙂

  19. Wonderful shots.


    Sriram & Krithiga

  20. Thank you Sriram and Krithiga

  21. First time visiting your blog, and I am loving reading your travel chronicles :). Bookmarking your blog for further reading

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  25. I just read about this place few days back (and saw beautiful pics of tulips too) and fell in love with it. Again, a pleasure reading about and seeing nature’s best here.

    • It is unbelievable, the multitude of colors here. I loved it. Thanks for dropping by

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