Keukenhof is a world-famous flower garden in the Netherlands that is open from late March to mid-May. Known as the Garden of Europe, the park is home to over 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other flowers. It is a VERY popular tourist destination. That being said, it is a beautiful place to visit and on many people’s bucket list. So read on and discover how to spend a day in Keukenhof!
HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN KEUKENHOF
Admire the flowers. Keukenhof is known for its stunning tulip displays, but there are also other beautiful flowers such as daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and enjoy the colorful blooms.
Take photos. Keukenhof is a photographer’s paradise, with plenty of opportunities to capture beautiful shots of flowers, landscapes, and architecture.
Visit the pavilions. Keukenhof has several indoor pavilions that showcase different types of flowers, including orchids, roses, and lilies.
Enjoy the entertainment. There are various events and performances held in Keukenhof throughout the season, including music concerts, flower shows, and parades.
Go on a whisper boat tour. Explore the surrounding canals and bulb fields by taking a boat tour.
Go cycling! Rent a bicycle and explore the scenic countryside around Keukenhof. This is where you can see more of the fields of colorful flowers in bloom.
Enjoy Dutch cuisine. Sample some traditional Dutch cuisine at the garden’s restaurants, which offer a range of dishes from pancakes to seafood.
Pack a Lunch. Another great option is to pack your own lunch and have a picnic in the gardens.
If you would like to spend more time in the Lisse area, there are many cute B&Bs and hotels. Best Places to Stay Near Keukenhof.
TIPS FOR VISITING KEUKENHOF
Plan ahead! Keukenhof is only open for a limited time each year (usually from late March to mid-May), so it’s important to plan your visit in advance. Purchase your tickets online beforehand to avoid long wait times at the entrance.
Check the weather. The best time to visit Keukenhof is on a sunny day when the flowers are in full bloom. However, the weather in the Netherlands can be unpredictable, so be sure to check the forecast before you go.
Prepare for large crowds. If you want to avoid crowds, ARRIVE EARLY! I cannot emphasize this enough. Keukenhof can be very busy, especially on weekends and holidays. Try to arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds.
Wear comfortable shoes. Keukenhof is a large garden with many walking paths, so wear comfortable shoes to avoid sore feet.
Bring a camera. (I know this seems obvious). Keukenhof is a beautiful garden, so bring a camera to capture the stunning flower displays and scenery. If you are traveling alone and want to capture some photos, I highly recommend the EUCOS Selfie Tripod Stick.
Grab a map. The garden is quite large, make sure to grab a map at the entrance to help navigate your way around. Keukenhof was way larger than I anticipated!
Consider a guided tour. If you want to learn more about the garden and its history, consider taking a guided tour with a knowledgeable guide.
Take your time! Don’t rush through the garden, take your time to appreciate the flowers and scenery at a leisurely pace.
Respect the flowers. Keukenhof is a beautiful and delicate environment. Be cautious of the flowers, plants, and surrounding wildlife. Do not pick the flowers, walk through the flowers, or damage the garden in any way.
Overall, Keukenhof is a must-visit destination for flower lovers and anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of nature in the Netherlands. If you need any help planning or have any questions, please reach out or message me on my contact page!
I would love to hear about how your visit went. How did you spend a day in Keukenhof? Were the crowds tolerable?
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