Opening Keukenhof tulip gardens 2019 30

Keukenhof tulip garden announced the opening dates for 2019. In contrary to last year the number of days to visit the Keukenhof has been increased. In 2019 Keukenhof will be open from the 21st of March till the 19th of May. This comes down to a total of 59 days to visit, compared to 53 last year. So you’ll have one week extra to visit the spectacle of 320.0000 square meters full of flowers. If you want to witness the beauty of the tulip gardens first hand, make sure to plan your visit in advance.

During the limited amount of days, Keukenhof is open, over a million visitors are expected. You can imagine the waiting line with these amounts of visitors. Save yourself that hassle and make sure to buy tickets online! The opening hours for 2019 have now been announced; Keukenhof can be visited from 8:00 in the morning till 19:30 in the evening. On average people spent 3-5 hours in order to see all of the tulips, hyacinths, and narcissus.

– Update 16 April 2019: Keukenhof gardens are now in full bloom! Want to get a small impression of what’s there to see? Check out our photos from last weekend! –

– Update 20 March 2019: Only one day left until Keukenhof is open to the public! Wondering what the tulip gardens look like currently? You can have a sneak preview on this Dutch local news site. The video shows that a lot of flowers outside are already in bloom. –

– Update 19 February 2019: We often get the question “What is the best time to visit Keukenhof?” This year, this will be earlier than usual. Temperatures have been hitting spring values last week and will continue to do so. This means that nature is ahead of time and flowers will start to bloom quicker. Probably most flowers will already bloom the first week of April. –

Unfortunately, Keukenhof is now closed for this year!

Keukenhof is only open when the flowers are in bloom, which is a rather short period. That’s a pity, but it’s just how mother nature works. Would you still like to visit some rural areas in the Netherlands? We’ve made a selection of tours that you could do as a substitute for Keukenhof. Visit for instance Giethoorn, Venice of the Netherlands.

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Keukenhof 2019 pictures

Want to get an impression of what Keukenhof currently looks like? These photos were taken Saturday the 13th of April 2019. Most of the flowers are already in full bloom and will get even better coming weeks.

Flowers in full bloom near a pond

White, blue and yellow flowers in full bloom near a pond

Keukenhof 2019 - red and yellow tulips

Perfectly aligned red and yellow tulips in bloom

Keukenhof 2019 - miniature windmill

A miniature Dutch windmill in the middle of a pond in the colourful Keukenhof

Keukenhof 2019 - flowers growing in car wreck

Flowers overgrowing a car wreck

Hotels near Keukenhof

Keukenhof is not located in Amsterdam, but in a beautiful rural area south of the Dutch capital. The tulip gardens are located in Lisse, which is in the “Bollenstreek”. This region is named after the many flower fields; “Bollen” is the Dutch word for bulbs and “streek” is Dutch for area. You’ll be amazed to see how different this area is, only 30 minutes from the busy city of Amsterdam. It’s quiet, easygoing and makes a great place for walks and bicycle rides. So if you plan on visiting Keukenhof, but the big city is not just for you, why not book a hotel there? Just make sure to be on time, as you won’t be the only one with this idea!

Keukenhof tulip gardens by drone

Keukenhof park map 2019

If you’re going to Keukenhof, it might be handy to bring a map of the park, so you don’t have to miss out on anything. The park is quite big and you don’t want to get lost or miss your favourite spot. Click on the image below to enlarge the image or download the PDF version of the map here.

Keukenhof 2018 map

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Keukenhof theme for 2019

Each year Keukenhof is dedicated to a certain theme. The 2019 theme for the tulip gardens, is perfect for lovers; Flower Power. The Keukenhof is well known for its international visitors. Flower are connecting, likewise the passion for impressive colors and smells. Enjoy the tulip fields together. The world-famous flower bulb fields of the Netherlands, are all of their own soil.  Don’t worry, you won’t have to miss out on tulips, as there are over 7 million flower bulbs planted. The early 70th’s will be remembered with the bright colours, people dressed as hippies, peace and musical atmosphere. Celebrate this year’s theme together and get pumped up with the force of nature!

FAQ concerning Keukenhof opening

Why is a popular attraction only open 59 days per year?

The flowering time of the tulips and other flowers is limited. Nobody wants to visit the gardens if there are no flowers. That’s why it’s limited.

What has changed compared to 2018?

In 2018 the Keukenhof was open to public 59 days; from the 21st of March till the 19th of May. The dates for this year have been narrowed. This year you only have 59 days to visit the Keukenhof; from the 21st of March till the 19th of May.

What are the opening hours for the Keukenhof?

The opening hours this year are from the 8:00 in the morning till 19:30 in the evening. Ticket offices are open until 18:00 in the evening, so make sure to be on time!

How much time do I need?

If you want to see all that the Keukenhof has to offer you need at least three hours. Most people spend up to 5 hours in the park.

How much time do I need to get to the Keukenhof from Amsterdam?

The best way to get to the Keukenhof is via Schiphol Airport. From any station in Amsterdam to Schiphol will cost you 15-25 minutes by train. From Schiphol, you can take a direct bus that will take around 30 minutes to get to the Keukenhof.

How far are the Keukenhof tulip gardens from Amsterdam?

The Keukenhof is situated in Lisse a town approximately 40 kilometres from Amsterdam. It’s easiest to reach by public transport, but if the weather allows it and you are an experienced cyclist you can also choose to go by bike. It’s a 2-hour bike ride from Amsterdam to Lisse.

How much time do I need for the Keukenhof?

You have quite some area to cover if you want to see all that the Keukenhof has to offer. Make sure that you have at least 2,5 hours, you don’t want to be rushing through the parks.  Make sure to buy your tickets online, so you can skip the line.

Is Keukenhof suitable for children?

Yes. In Keukenhof, you’ll also find playgrounds and a petting zoo, especially for the youngest family members.

Can I visit Keukenhof in a wheelchair?

Yes, the park is accessible by wheelchair. There are wheelchairs available at the entrance. Normal wheelchairs are free of charge, for electric wheelchairs there’s a €10 rental fee. For both the electric and regular wheelchairs there’s a €20,- deposit required. If you want to be sure that a wheelchair is available, make sure to make a reservation the day before via +31 (0)252 465 555 or online here. In the park, there are plenty of toilets for people with limited mobility.

Keukenhof on the map

Photos of last year Keukenhof

The pictures below are taken just after the opening of the Keukenhof 2018. In the greenhouses, all flowers were in full bloom. However, because of the cold winter, most tulips outside are still waiting to bloom. Depending on the early warm weather, the best time to visit the Keukenhof in 2019 will be probably 2 or 3 weeks after the opening. The rising temperatures will be rising will definitely influence the flowers to bloom. Our expectations are that the Keukenhof is going to be its prettiest from the 11th of April till the first week of May, close to the end of the season. However, also after the first week of May till the end of the season, you’ll have more than enough flowers to see!

keukenhof 2018 tulips

Red tulips really fit into last years 2018 theme “Romance in flowers”

keukenhof 2018 swan

One of the inhabitants of the gardens

keukenhof 2018 tulips waiting to flower

Photo was taken 24th March 2018 – the tulips were almost about to start blooming and Keukenhof will be at it’s prettiest

Special thanks to Amsterdamcitizen for the photoghraphy!


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30 thoughts on “Opening Keukenhof tulip gardens 2019

  • JZ

    Our client from Singapore wants to visti Keukenhof around June 24 during the famous flower trial event, does Keukenhof open in June? Can we go inside? If so, how much is the ticket? Thank you.

  • Penny Crowder

    Can you please advise whether it is possible to hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter to tour the gardens. I will be visiting the gardens with a friend who has mobility issues.


    When is the best time to visit the Keukenhof for the tulips to be in full bloom. We are traveling from another country and don’t want to miss them. If we come May 8 or 9 will they be in full bloom or will we miss them.

    • Dani

      Dear Gary,

      The second week of April, up to and including the first week of May is generally considered the best time if you’d like to see the flowers in full bloom. So I think your planned date would be fine, it’s near the end of the full bloom period. It also depends on the weather, if it’s warm early in the season a week earlier would be better as the flowers will start to bloom quicker. But even when it is, there are still more than enough flowers to see in bloom. Hope this helps, enjoy your visit!

  • Greg

    Who wrote this article? Who proof read this article? Please explain the following: “This comes down to a total of 59 days to visit, compared to 53 last year. So you’ll have one week less to visit the spectacle of 320.0000 square meters full of flowers.” REALLY? Did this person take 3rd grade math??

  • Melinda Thomas


    My 18-year old son and I will be in Amsterdam March 24 and 25. As this is just after the opening date, but before the tulips will be in bloom, what can we expect if we visit on those dates? We are trying to decide if it is worth it to visit while we are there.

    Melinda Thomas

    • Dani

      Dear Melinda,

      It’s rather difficult to predict, but the photo’s on this blog post were taken on the first day of opening last year. So as you can tell, there’s already a lot of flowers to be seen. The tulips may just start to bloom outside and in the greenhouses, they will already be in bloom. As we had about a week of high temperatures, nature is ahead of time this year; sheep were having lambs earlier than usual. So I think, a visit to Keukenhof on the 24th or 25th of March will be well worth your time! I hope you and your son enjoy your stay.

      Kind regards,


  • Jami Pool

    So if the tulips will be early due to the warmer temperatures, is it more probable that there will not be any tulips blooming by May 10 even though you are open until May 19? Unfortunately, that would be the earliest I could get there. I would be coming from America and visiting this place is #1 on my bucket list. I had heard that towards the end of April a lot of tulips are cut down. Or does that only refers to the tulips out in the fields, which would be lovely to see as well? I am just trying to make the best decision as this probably would be my only time to make it to Europe. Or perhaps I should wait til next year and hope spring would be on time.
    Thanks for responding with any information you may have.

    • Dani

      Dear Jami, the best time to see the tulips and other flowers in full bloom is considered the second and third week of April. If this is your top priority on your bucket list, I would indeed consider postponing your visit till next year, so you can plan your visit to be there that very period. Towards the end of the opening, there’s still a lot to see, but half April almost all flowers; Hyacinths, Daffodils and Tulips are in full bloom. From 10 May onwards, a lot of flowers have reached the end of their blooming period. As this is a once in a lifetime visit, I would suggest not to rush, but instead to choose for the best possible period. If you plan carefully, you can also visit the annual flower parade, which is definitely worth it if you love flowers!

      I hope this helps to make your decision.

  • QL

    Tried to use the discount code to order tickets to Keukenhof from It does not work, says the code is invalid. Help?

    • Dani

      Hi Wing,

      No, the entrance tickets only allow you in once. When you leave the park you will not be able to get back in on the same ticket.

      Kind regards,


  • Harmiena Torenbeek

    Keukenhof 2019 theme is Flower Power.. How brilliant ! Whoever came up with this deserves a medal….
    This is a comment, not a question. Apparently you only post questions and their answers. Thanks for being so clear.

    • Dani

      Thank you for your comment harmiena! We manually check all comments for spam and foul language, (it’s necessary) therefore it takes a bit for comment to be published.

    • Dani

      Yes, Linda there’s already plenty to see! The 16th of April there’ll be even more as the weather will be cooperative coming weeks.

  • Laurel

    Is there a set time for when you want to get back to the City Center after you see the gardens? I can’t imagine I will want to be there for as long as 5 hours, even with a 40 minute transport time each way. Or can leave when we want to? Thanks!

    • Dani

      Hi Laurel, make sure to book just the entrance ticket or the one including public transport. You will have all freedom to stay as long or short as you like. If you book a tour your transport depends on the rest of the group. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

  • Pramod Niluksha Abeykoon Wiajaysingh

    Hi There,

    I am driving from UK , what is the best Car Park around for us to park and walk towards Keukenhof?

    Please let us know

    Thank you

    • Dani

      Dear Pramod,

      There’s a parking lot right next to the park. Just follow the signs “Keukenhof”. You can purchase a ticket for parking together with your entrance ticket so that you don’t have to wait in line for parking. Please use the following link: after selecting an adult ticket, you can add your parking ticket to your order.

      I hope you enjoy your visit!