Keukenhof (translation: kitchen garden) is known as the Garden of Europe. It is one of the world’s largest flower gardens located in Lisse, South Holland.

Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. This year, the opening dates are 24 March to 16 May 2016 from 0800hrs – 1930hrs.


According to the website, there are more than 7 million flower bulbs planted with a total of 800 varieties of tulips spreading over 32 hectares (79 acres).

I visited Keukenhof last Saturday. It was more than just a walk in a garden. There were inspirational gardens, flower show, sculpture exhibition, boat ride (additional charges), visit a windmill, live performances and three food trucks. Activities for the kids were petting farm, maze, treasure hunt and a couple of playgrounds.
The park has excellent access for wheelchairs and dogs are permitted provided that they are kept on a leash.


If you have never been to Keukenhof, you should visit at least once! Join the locals and tourists to check out what is the fuss all about. Experience beauty! It will be crowded throughout the day so be there early before noon for a better photo backdrop.

Admission prices (2016): Free of charge for 0-3 years of age, €8.00 for kids age 4-11 and €16.00 for everyone else. A park guide is available for €5.00. A guided tour is available daily free of charge at 1400hrs from Juliana Pavilion.


Check the site for public transport and combi-tickets.

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