5 reasons to visit Keukenhof in Spring 2023
Widely regarded as the most beautiful spring garden in the world, Keukenhof is an unmissable attraction in the Flower Strip. From March 23 until May 14 2023, this spectacular garden will swing open its gates once again, allowing visitors to experience millions of blooming flowers spread across 32 hectares of immaculately landscaped grounds. The world-famous Dutch tulips are central to the display, with over 800 varieties in all manner of colours and shapes exhibited. Still not convinced? Here’s our roundup of the top 5 reasons to visit Keukenhof Gardens in Spring 2023.
1. There are stunning photo opportunities around every corner
Budding gardeners or anyone seeking floral ideas for sprucing up their balcony will be hard-pressed to find more inspirational surroundings than at Keukenhof. 15 kilometres of footpaths unfold through a monumental walking park, winding their way past breathtaking floral displays, water features, fountains and sculptures. Around every twist and turn, you’ll encounter around 100 beautiful art objects by various artists and unique photography opportunities.
2. It's in the heart of the Dutch flower strip
Situated in the heart of the Bollenstreek (bulb region), Keukenhof is the perfect starting point to learn about 400 years of horticulture in the Netherlands as well as gain inspirational gardening tips. Arriving at the park by bus or car (just a short drive from Amsterdam), you’ll have exceptional vistas over the rainbow-hued flower fields. Within the gardens, there’s a lookout point over the surrounding area and options to rent bikes or take a wonderful trip on an electrically powered boat that cruises down channels between the flowering fields around Keukenhof.
3. The agenda is jam-packed with colourful events
The 2023 season kicks off its events programme with the Holland Heritage Weekend (31 March - 2 April 2023) - a jam-packed weekend of traditional music, crafts and costumes, cheese and tulips - transporting visitors back to 18th and 19th-century Holland. Not to be missed is the famous Bloemencorso (Flower Parade) (Saturday, 22 April 2023) which departs from Noordwijk towards Haarlem, passing by Keukenhof. Throughout the opening of the gardens, you’ll also find guided tours, children’s workshops and changing floral displays in the pavilions where Dutch growers exhibit their most beautiful varieties.
4. Its a wonderful day out for young and old
Besides the splendour of the flowers, one of the most beautiful things about Keukenhof is that it can be enjoyed by families from all over the world and visitors of all ages. At the petting zoo, children can meet curious goats and sheep, wallowing pigs, strutting peacocks and cuddly rabbits. The Miffy playground and hedge maze are an excellent opportunity for little ones to burn off steam, whilst an informative scavenger hunt will lead families to the most beautiful spots dotted around the park. And, of course, we can all admit that stepping stones across the water provide a thrill no matter how grown-up you are!
5. You can visit in any weather
April showers? Fortunately, Keukenhof displays flowers and blooming plants not only outdoors but also within a complex of fascinating pavilions and greenhouses. These indoor spaces each have their own colourful ambience with an impressive array of floral displays and sculptures. You’ll also find six restaurants on-site where you can tuck into a delightful breakfast, an extensive lunch or a hot meal at any time of day, and various food outlets selling local delicacies such as poffertjes (tiny Dutch pancakes), strawberries, herring or hotdogs.
Keukenhof is open from March 23 until May 14 2023.
How to get there:
Keukenhof is an easy 30-minute drive from Amsterdam and is accessible by car, bicycle and public transport. The Keukenhof Express Bus departs daily from Amsterdam RAI, Haarlem, Schiphol Airport and Leiden. Check the Keukenhof website for more information on getting to and from the park or to purchase a combi-ticket that includes transportation.