The Ultimate Guide to See the Tulip Fields in 2024

Get ready to see 7+ million tulips in full bloom! In this guide, you'll find everything you need to know to visit Keukenhof and the surrounding areas. As locals we can provide you with the best tips so that you don't miss out on this rare opportunity!

For us, it’s a yearly tradition to visit Keukenhof because we’re Dutchies; we love tulips! Keukenhof is open from March 21st to May 12th. In addition to visiting Keukenhof, we’ve also curated a route along the tulip fields in the nearby area. We’ve listed transportation options and fun activities, such as a bike route and you can even take a helicopter ride over the tulip fields! 

When is the Best Time to Visit Keukenhof?

The best time to visit Keukenhof is during the spring season, typically from mid-March to mid-May. However, the peak bloom of tulips in Keukenhof usually occurs in mid-April. Visiting during this period ensures you witness the stunning display of tulips in full bloom.

How Do I Get to Keukenhof from Amsterdam?

You can easily reach Keukenhof from Amsterdam by joining organized tours that offer transportation to and from Keukenhof. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes, providing a convenient and efficient way to access the gardens.

Another option is to take a direct bus from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or go there by car. 

Do I Need to Book in Advance?

We highly recommend booking in advance if you plan to visit Keukenhof. It’s extremely popular, given its limited availability for only a few weeks each year. Visitors from around the world come to experience its beauty.

The flower fields surrounding Keukenhof in small towns like Lisse, Hillegom and Noordwijk are free to visit and do not require a booking.

Can I visit Keukenhof and the Tulip Fields on a Day Trip?

Yes, it is entirely possible to visit Keukenhof and explore the tulip fields in a day trip. Many visitors choose to start their day at Keukenhof Gardens and then venture into the nearby tulip fields. Efficient planning and transportation options make it feasible to experience both attractions in one day.

Are There Guided Tours Available for Keukenhof and Tulip Fields?

Yes, there are various guided tours available for Keukenhof and the surrounding tulip fields. These tours often include transportation, an informative guide and sometimes exclusive access to certain areas. Joining a guided tour can enhance your experience and provide valuable insights into the region’s floral beauty.

We highly recommend the guided Keukenhof & Tulip Experience , which includes round-trip transportation from Amsterdam Central Station, entrance to Keukenhof, a guided tour of Keukenhof, admission to the Tulip Experience, as well as coffee and tea.

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Couple on a guided tour at the Keukenhof
© Tour Company

What is the Entrance Fee for Keukenhof?

The entrance fee for Keukenhof starts from €20. Check out the different tickets below! 

What Are the Must-See Attractions in Keukenhof Gardens?

Keukenhof Gardens boast numerous must-see attractions, including themed gardens, unique flower beds and inspiring exhibitions. Highlights include the Historical Garden, Natural Garden and the Flower Mosaic. Be sure to explore the windmill for panoramic views of the tulip fields.

Which Tulip Fields Are the Most Beautiful Near Keukenhof?

Some of the most beautiful tulip fields near Keukenhof can be found in Lisse, Noordwijkerhout and Hillegom. It’s recommended to explore areas away from the main tourist routes to discover hidden gems and experience the beauty of tulip fields in a more serene environment.

We’ve curated a beautiful route for if you have access to a car!

  • Lisse and the Flower Strip
    • Head towards Lisse, known as the gateway to the Flower Strip. This charming town is surrounded by fields adorned with tulips of various hues. Drive or cycle through the Flower Strip for an immersive tulip spectacle.
  • Noordwijkerhout: Tranquil Tulip Retreat
    • Continue your journey to Noordwijkerhout, a serene locale with less crowded fields. Here, you can savor the tranquility of the tulip-filled landscapes and capture stunning photographs.
  • Hillegom: Fields and Windmills
    • Make your way to Hillegom, where tulip fields coexist harmoniously with traditional Dutch windmills. Enjoy the rustic charm and capture the essence of Dutch countryside living.
  • End: Coastal Charms of Noordwijk
    • Conclude your tulip trail with a visit to Noordwijk, a coastal town offering a unique blend of tulip fields and sea views. Relax by the beach after a day immersed in the beauty of tulips.

Where Can I Find the Most Instagram-Worthy Tulip Fields Near Keukenhof?

Some of the most Instagram-worthy tulip fields near Keukenhof can be found in the Bollenstreek region, particularly around Lisse and Noordwijkerhout. Exploring off-the-beaten-path locations can lead to hidden gems and unique photo opportunities amid the vibrant tulip landscapes.

Are There Bike Rentals Available Near Keukenhof?

Bike rentals are readily available near Keukenhof, providing an excellent way to explore the surrounding tulip fields. Rent a bike here.

What is the Etiquette For Visiting Tulip Fields?

When visiting tulip fields, it’s crucial to respect the flowers and the surrounding environment. Stay on designated paths or roads, avoid trampling the flowers and refrain from picking them. Drone usage may be restricted, so it’s essential to adhere to local guidelines and maintain a considerate approach to preserve the beauty of the fields.

What is the Bloemencorso Flower Parade?

Bloemencorso is a breathtaking flower parade showcasing intricately decorated floats adorned with flowers. The parade is scheduled for April 20th, 2024, starting in Noordwijk and concluding its route in Haarlem. Along the way, the parade will make stops at tulip fields and Keukenhof. The parade commences at 09:30 and is expected to arrive in Haarlem by 22:00. This is a free event.

Bloemencorso at the Keukenhof
© Bloemencorso

Other Fun Activities Around the Tulip Fields

A flying helicopter above the tulip fields of the Keukenhof

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