Amsterdam is an incredible European city. Visiting any time of year is a treat, but visiting in Spring is extra special. Flowers, especially tulips, bloom in every color blanketing the countryside. There are many ways to enjoy the tulips in Amsterdam, but my favorite way is spending the day in the nearby town of Lisse. The beauty can hardly be captured in a few images, but these Keukenhof photos will give you sixteen reasons to put a spring getaway to Amsterdam on your bucket list.
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Where are the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens?
Lisse is a small Dutch village in South Holland and is home to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. Besides Keukenhof, Lisse is famous for the hundreds of surrounding tulip fields. Renting a bike and riding through the tulip fields is, by far, one of the coolest Dutch experiences you can plan. Remember, though, that tulip fields are NOT generally tourist attractions so be sure not to enter a flower field. If you would like to enter a flower field for a more up close and personal experience, you can visit one of the picking farms such as De Bollenburcht just outside of Lisse.
Visiting Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam
Keukenhof Gardens is less than an hour from Amsterdam making it a perfect day trip while you are in Holland. Visiting is easy! Each year, more than 7 MILLION bulbs are planted in preparation for the spring season. There are eight hundred varieties of tulips in the gardens at Keukenhof, but Keukenhof isn’t all about tulips. Within the park you will find displays of flowers such as daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, roses, and much more. Spanning seventy-nine acres, Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens in the world. It is often referred to as the Garden of Europe.
Traveling to Lisse is reasonably simple. However, it does help to know specifics when it comes to traveling from Amsterdam to Keukenhof. The last thing you want is to be confused about where you are going or what to do when you are in a foreign country. If you are planning a spring getaway to Amsterdam, this Keukenhof guide includes everything you need to know about how to plan a day trip from Amsterdam to Keukenhof.
16 Dreamy Keukenhof Photos to Feed Your Wanderlust
I took these photos in Keukenhof in April of 2018. Other than the quick tap of the magic wand in my iPhone camera app, they are unedited. Not bad, huh?! As you can see, Holland in the Spring is absolutely magical. It’s no wonder that the Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam are on nearly everyone’s bucket list.
Are You Ready to Book an Amsterdam Getaway?
If these Keukenhof photos have you dreaming of a spring break getaway to Amsterdam, you’re not alone. Keukenhof Gardens hosts over 800,000 visitors annually. Considering they are only open roughly two months out of each year. That is an impressive number. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to cross Keukenhof Gardens, or Amsterdam, off your bucket list. According to a local, these are some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for any budget.
We were able to book round trip flights from Denver to Amsterdam for just $359 including checked bags. Keep an eye on flights through websites like google flights to score the best deal. Tracking your home airport as well as others nearby will give you the best chance to snag cheap airfare. Once you’re in Amsterdam, it’s all a matter of travel style. You can find accommodations in Amsterdam for any budget (be sure to check out the reviews noted above), but you will be wise to book well in advance during tulip season. Use websites like Booking.com to research hotel costs or if you enjoy a more cultural experience, check out your options on AirBnB.
Jenna Walker is a travel writer from Oklahoma who lives with her husband, two children, and three rescue pets. While out and about in the world, she loves spending time outdoors, exploring local culture, and trying new foods. Jenna knows that, often, we overlook our own backyard. You can also find her stories and guides on the website, The Oklahoma Experience.