Keukenhof, which is also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands. The mesmerizing gardens are open only eight weeks a year, when the Dutch floriculutral sector displays the most beautiful flowers you will ever see. And can you actually believe the park holds 7 million spring-flowering bulbs? That’s insane! Every corner is picturesque. We had to stop every two minutes to take a new photo, because every single flower was way too beautiful.
The best time to visit Keukenhof and the popular tulip fields in The Netherlands
But when is the best time to visit Keukenhof and the tulip fields near it? That’s quite hard to tell. This is my second time visiting the gardens. In 2017, we took an unexpected trip from Berlin to The Netherlands at the beginning of April and unfortunately the weather was still very cold and the tulips in the fields weren’t bloomed yet. Now, in 2018, we got there too late, at the beginning of May, when the farmers took the tulips out from the fields. However, there were still a bunch of beautiful flowers inside the park. If you plan on visiting it strictly for the tulip fields, then I’d suggest heading there in the middle of April. Based on the past couple of years, the full flower blooming is happening in the last two weeks of April and the first week of May. So, as previously mentioned, midd April is definitely the best to go there. Also make sure to wear comfortable shoes and pack a jacket with you, because the park is still quite cold around that time of the year. I was freezing my butt off, because I expected warmer weather, but oh well, Dutch weather is unpredictable.
When does Keukenhof open and what’s the price of a ticket
So when does Keukenhof actually open? In 2019 the park will open from the 21st of March until the 19th of May. If you’re already planning a trip there, then I’d suggest renting a car or going by bus. We went by car both years and parked it inside the big parking in front of the park. As for the cost of a ticket, I can’t precisely remember, but I believe a singular ticket was about 16-20€ and the parking about 6€. It might sound a little pricey, but it’s definitely worth it. Would you visit Keukenhof? xx
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