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Spring blooms in Keukenhof gardens // In pictures

Tulips in Keukenhof gardens, Netherlands

Springtime in the Netherlands means one thing – tulips – and if you want to see them in their thousands, the place to go is Keukenhof. Not far outside of Amsterdam in the town of Lisse, Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden. There are over seven million bulbs planted here each year, with daffodils, hyacinths and orchids as well as tulips in every colour imaginable. The gardens stretch over 32 hectares with lakes, sculptures and pavillions in amongst the flowers. Keukenhof was set up by the mayor of Lisse in 1949 as a way for tulip growers to show off their latest hybrid varieties. But now it’s a huge tourist attraction, pulling in almost a million visitors over eight weeks each spring to be wowed its colours and perfumes.

Tulips in Keukenhof gardens, Netherlands
Tulips in Keukenhof gardens, Netherlands
Tulips in Keukenhof gardens, Netherlands
Tulips in Keukenhof gardens, Netherlands
Tulips in Keukenhof gardens, Netherlands
Tulips in Keukenhof gardens, Netherlands

The details

Keukenhof is located in Lisse, 45 minutes outside of Amsterdam. Buses run to the gardens from Leiden or Schipol, and if you’re coming from Amsterdam you can get the 197 bus to Schipol and change there. The gardens are open 8am–7.30pm from 23 March to 21 May 2017. Entrance costs €16 for adults or €8 for children 4–11, or there’s a combi-ticket which also includes bus travel from Amsterdam (€29 for adults and €12,50 for children or €24 from Schiphol, Leiden and Haarlem). You can also book online through Ticketbar to skip the queue – you don’t need a printer and can show the tickets on your mobile.

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Spring blooms in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands

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hollandexpert

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Love your pics!

The Keukenhof is open very year from mid-March to mid-May. Best time to see the flowers in bloom are the last 3 weeks of April.

ambitiouswanderer

Thursday 6th of August 2015

Wow, can you believe that I am Dutch and have never visited Keukenhof? As a poor student traveller, I might put this on my list for next spring!

Lucy

Thursday 6th of August 2015

It's always the things near home that we leave til last to see! It's well worth a visit though, such amazing colours.

travellingbag

Thursday 9th of May 2013

I visited Keukenhof over 30 years ago and it was just as beautiful, it's nice to see it hasn't changed :-)

Lucy Dodsworth

Thursday 9th of May 2013

Still looking good! I hear that they are very late this year after the cold weather but it'll be worth it.

Madhu

Sunday 5th of May 2013

What a riot of colours Lucy! We visited nearly two decades ago and distinctly remember being overawed by the beauty.

Lucy Dodsworth

Monday 6th of May 2013

Fabulous isn't it? I'd love to go and see the whole fields full of tulips too where they are all laid out in stripes, such great photo opportunities!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

Friday 3rd of May 2013

These photos are gorgeous!!!

Lucy Dodsworth

Saturday 4th of May 2013

Thanks Andi, it's such a beautiful place, I could've spent days photographing there!