Amsterdam Day Trip: Keukenhof 2014

Keukenhof is the home of the Holland’s annual tulip festival and the most well known tulip festival in the world. The Dutch festival is located just south of Amsterdam in the small town of Lisse. It’s a fun day trip from the capital for flower and garden enthusiasts or you could include it in a road trip around the Netherlands.

Holland's Tulip Festival - Visit in 2014

I’ve always wanted to go to Holland to see the tulips and the festival didn’t disappoint.

 

The festival runs from late March to May (check the 2014 dates here) and depending on the when you visit you’ll see different flowers in bloom. When I went in early April the tulips were just starting to flower.

Tulips in early April

There were large beds of outdoor flowers but some of the best and most interesting tulips were in the indoor pavilions. The pavilions are where you’ll see just about every tulip colour and type imaginable.

Pretty Dark Tulips

My favourite was probably this pink and blue fringed tulip.

The Prettiest Tulip at Keukenhof

If you visit in April, you’ll also say many different colours of sweet smelling hyacinths. Hyacinths are underrated in my opinion. I love them, even the cute little grape hyacinths!

White Grape Hyacinths at Keukenhof

I was surprised to see there is also an indoor pavilion for orchids. I have never seen such variety before. If only I could grow these myself somehow.

Orchids at Keukenhof

How to Get To Keukenhof

Keukenhof is located in Lisse in Holland. The event is an easy day trip from Amsterdam or Leiden. Buses run regularly from both cities or if driving there is plenty of parking at the event.

Where to Stay

I stayed in Lisse at the modern Hotel de Duif for the convenience of being able to walk to the festival but most visitors prefer to visit on a day trip.

When to Visit in 2014

Holland’s tulip festival in Keukenhof is open from the 20th March til 18th May in 2014. I would recommend visiting in early April to avoid the crowds and to see the hyacinths and daffodils or late April til early May for the chance of better weather and to see more of the outdoor tulip displays. No matter when you visit there will always be 1000s of bulbs flowering throughout the gardens.

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Andrea Anastasakis is the founder and author of road trip blog Rear View Mirror. She is currently driving her Fiat 500 around Europe. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram.


Comments

  1. I’ve visited this town 20 years ago and I see that it’s still as charming with all these tulips. They’re not my favourite flowers, but they are quite impressive seen in groupings the way they do over there

  2. ashfaq ur rehman says:

    i really love tulips i will dependently go and enjoy i love EU comming soon

  3. I love to visit there upon my tour to Schengen States.How could I travel there by bus from Effes a Fresnes (France) or from any nearby bus station to Keukenhof in the early morning of Apr.18.2013 and return back in the evening of the same day or early morning of Apr.19? Thanks :-)

    • Sorry but I don’t know. if you contact the bus companies in France (like Eurolines) I’m sure they’ll let you know how to get to Keukenhof from France but I would think it would be easiest to take the train.

  4. Beautiful photos of the tulips! I’m hoping the tulips are still in bloom and I have a chance to see them this year, though I don’t arrive in Holland until mid-May.

    • Are you going before TBU? I think you’ll be fine then but I’m guessing they’ll be on their way out if you wait until after the conference. I’ll be looking out for your photos!

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