15 pictures to inspire you to see the tulips at the Keukenhof gardens

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Are you a lover of tulips, flowers, bright colors, beautifully manicured gardens, and/or Instagrammable locations? If yes, go to the Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands! 

About the Keukenhof gardens

Keukenhof is one of the largest outdoor gardens in the world – it’s almost 80 acres – and is certainly one of the most beautiful. Keukenhof draws about 800,000 visitors during the 8 weeks it’s open every year. It is located in Lisse, which is a small town between Amsterdam and Den Haag. Lisse is pretty much known for tulips, being home to many tulip fields in addition to Keukenhof.

During our month-long stay in Rotterdam in May 2017, I made a solo trip to see the tulips at the Keukenhof gardens. While Justin is always very accommodating when I stop to take (a lot of) pictures, this trip would have likely tested his patience. I took hundreds of pictures and fully enjoyed getting up close and personal with the tulips to do so. It was truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. But don’t just take my word for it…

Here are 15 pictures to inspire you to go see the tulips at the Keukenhof gardens

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the NetherlandsTulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands

Tips for visiting the Keukenhof gardens

So now that you’re all inspired to go see the tulips at the Keukenhof gardens, here are some tips to make your visit easier and more enjoyable.

  • In 2018, Keukenhof is open from March 22-May 13.
  • In 2017, I went the week before it closed. The tulips were in full bloom and (I thought) stunning. Only some were a little past their peak. The flower fields in Lisse were empty as the tulips are typically “headed” in mid to late April. Next time, I’ll go earlier to see those fields (by bike!).
  • If possible, go on a weekday to avoid massive, soul-crushing crowds. I have read about visiting on a weekend and it sounds like a nightmare. I went on a Thursday and it’s not like I had the place to myself. There will always be a lot of people visiting Keukenhof given that it’s only open for 8 weeks. But there were definitely places I could keep to myself and I didn’t have to wait too long to take pictures without people in them.
  • You can take public transportation to Keukenhof quite easily from most of the Netherland’s major cities. I took the train from Rotterdam to Leiden and then the bus to Keukenhof. (You can also get a bus from Schiphol.) If you are a tourist (and don’t have a personal OV chip card), you can save money by buying a combination train + bus + entry ticket online. When the park is open, there will be links to this on the official Keukenhof website. Just make sure you look at the train and bus schedules ahead of time so you don’t have to wait too long.
  • Keukenhof is a very accessible attraction. Much of it is flat (like most of the Netherlands!) and most of the paths are wheelchair accessible. You can even borrow or rent a wheelchair from the park. The best thing to do in the park is stroll leisurely looking at flowers, so you can definitely go at your own pace.
  • There are a whole bunch of food options throughout the park (I enjoyed some frozen yogurt topped with stroopwafels), but you can also bring your own food. There are plenty of places to sit and have a picnic.
  • Bring your camera!

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31 Replies to “15 pictures to inspire you to see the tulips at the Keukenhof gardens”

  1. I had heard about Keukenhof but my word your pictures are amazing! I need to go, so I’m adding to my “life list”

  2. lisannevanbeurden says: Reply

    This is in my home country and I haven’t even visited yet! I would love to visit Keukenhof. Great post and amazing photos

  3. Incredible! There’s currently a major tulip festival in my city, but from the way you’ve described it, I’d much rather be at Keukenhof

  4. Wow! I didn’t even know this place existed. And your photos are stunning – adding to my list for my next visit to the Netherlands.

  5. Whoa 800k visitors in 8 weeks! So impressive. Definitely will have to visit this place next. Great tips on when/how to visit.

  6. pennyglobetrove says: Reply

    The one thing that I regret the most about my trip to Netherlands was not reaching there in time to seen the tulips in Keukenhof. We were one week too late and I so want to head back every year. Hopefully the opportunity will present itself sometime.

  7. Omg these colorssssss! Are any of them in like a specific design according to color? Awesome tips by the way!

  8. Wow! The garden really is amazing. Even though I am not a big flower enthusiast, I would consider visiting Keukenhof. Wonderful photos!

  9. Gorgeous pictures 😍I’ll go for sure! Just moved to the Tulip Country 🤘🏻

  10. Man, now I wish it was spring! Tulips are my favorite flower. I love how much variation they have and Keukenhof sure seems to have every size, shape, color there is. Simply beautiful!

  11. Your photos!! 😍 We have Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, but this looks waaaaaay prettier! Wanted to visit but they weren’t in bloom. Definitely adding this to my list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Can’t think of much more beautiful!! Tulips are my absolute favorite flower

  13. I like your blog a lot… clicking around 🙂

  14. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. I love photos in flower fields and this one would be a drea! So many colors, how awesome it must have been to see it in person. I bet it smelled amazing!

  15. I’ve never really done anything like this on my travels but your pics make me want to!

  16. I went to Keukenhof this past May, your photos definitely do it justice! It’s gorgeous!

  17. I would LOVE to go here!! I wish I had gone when I lived in Den Haag, but I was only there for three months and it wasn’t really tulip season then. Tulips are my favorite flower though so it would have been heaven for me! These tips were great and one of these days I’m definitely going to go!

  18. I have heard about these gardens and have always wanted to visit. I had no idea it was 80 acres though! Your pictures turned out incredible.

  19. Wow! These are super beautiful tulips! I love flowers of all kinds, so a side trip here would be right up my alley!

  20. I lived in Holland for a season, and the tulips were my favorite. Keukenhof is a must-visit for anyone who loves flowers!

  21. AMAZING photos! I’m so sad my trip to the Netherlands was not during the tulip season. I MUST return to see this!

  22. Amazing pics! I live in The Netherlands but i’ve never visited the Keukenhof. But after seeing your post I think I will definitely go there soon!

  23. have always wanted to see tulips in the Netherlands. Beyond gorgeous!!!

  24. Wow, this truly looks spectacular & definitely Instagram paradise!

  25. I’m going to The Netherlands in winter, so unfortunately I’m not going to be able to see them! But it’ must be truly spectacular!!!

  26. Oh my god. All these photos are INCREDIBLE. You captured Keukenhof so beautifully. Definitely saving for the next time I go to the Netherlands!

  27. Went to the Keukenhof too this year, also around a week before closing and I agree that one could go a week or two earlier. Nevertheless, it was stunningly beautiful! Love your pictures!

  28. Ahha!! Loved my time in Kuekenhof… what a magnificient garden. You have taken some amazing pics 🙂

  29. Wow looks beautiful

  30. Kaylie | Happiness Travels Here| says: Reply

    I’m so excited, I’m going for my birthday this year with my Mum who is visiting from New Zealand. I feel so lucky and I am going to take a million photos!!!

    1. Sarah and Justin says: Reply

      Amazing! Definitely take ALL the photos!

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