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.
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 (2016 dates: 24th March – 16th May 2016 – book a tour here) and depending on when you visit you’ll see different flowers in bloom. When I went in early April the tulips were just starting to flower.
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.
My favourite was probably this pink and blue fringed tulip.
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!
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.
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.
If you prefer to do a tour from Amsterdam, I recommend this one:
This tour runs multiple times per day starting from central Amsterdam.
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 some of the rooms are quite small. Most visitors prefer to visit on a day trip from Amsterdam and in that case I recommend the gorgeous Art’otel Amsterdam or the more affordable Sir Albert boutique hotel.
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For something a bit different, stay in a typical Dutch apartment in Amsterdam.
I suggest booking hotels well in advance if you want to stay in Lisse during Keukenhof.
The Best Time to Visit in 2016
Holland’s tulip festival in Keukenhof is open from the 24th March to 16th May in 2016. I would recommend visiting in early April to avoid the crowds and to see the hyacinths and daffodils or in May for the chance of better weather and to see more of the outdoor tulip displays. More details can be found on Keukenhof’s official site. No matter when you visit there will always be 1000s of bulbs flowering throughout the gardens.
Visiting Keukenhof – Summary
- Keukenhof is open from 24th March to 16th May in 2016.
- Tulips are in flower during the entire festival.
- You can also see hyacinths, daffodils, crocus, orchids, and other spring flowers.
- Stay in Lisse if you’d like to be walking distance to the event.
- Stay in Amsterdam if you’d prefer to do a day trip.
- Stay in a beautiful Airbnb apartment by the canals in Amsterdam.
- List of the top restaurants in Lisse.
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- It’s easy to reach the festival by car or public transport.
- Book a tour if you don’t want to organise your own visit.