With rows upon rows of colourful tulips, Keukenhof is a top attraction in the Netherlands. The sprawling gardens feature some seven million spring-flowering bulbs along with sculptures and other stunning pieces of art. Getting to Keukenhof from Amsterdam is easy by car or public transport as well as with guided tours from local operators.
Keukenhof Gardens traces its roots to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren gathered fruit and vegetables from the area’s dunes for Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built later in 1641, encompassing more than 200 hectares. In 1857, the castle gardens were redesigned as Amsterdam’s Vondelpark. The English-style design continues to be the hallmark of Keukenhof.
In 1949, twenty leading flower bulb growers and exporters organised an exhibition of spring-flowering bulbs. This is when Keukenhof was born. In 1950, the gardens were opened to the public. For over 70 years, Keukenhof has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It boasts several thematic gardens, from the Tropical Beach and Mystical gardens to the Green Tea and Culture gardens.
Getting to Keukenhof by Car
Keykenhof is easily accessible by car from Amsterdam via the A4 motorway. When travelling from Amsterdam, use exit Nieuw-Vennep and continue on the A44 until exit 3. From there, following signs market with ‘Keukenhof’ until you reach the main entrance.
Parking is available at the main entrance for a fee. As of October 2021, parking costs 6 euro. The car park closes at 19:30 and overnight parking is now allowed. Keukenhof’s car park also features charging stations for electric cars.
If you don’t have your own car or a rental car, it is also possible to travel by taxi between Amsterdam and Keykenhof. While convenient, this option is relatively expensive. Generally, a one-way fares from Amsterdam to Keukenhof costs around 100 euros.
Getting to Keukenhof by Public Transport
Public transport between Amsterdam and Keykenhof is fast and comfortable. With a Combiticket, your admission to the gardens and public transport on that day are included. The Keukenhof Express Bus includes lines 852 from Amsterdam Central Station and 858 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Guided tours by bus are also available from Amsterdam Central Station.
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