• You can’t leave Holland without visiting the famous Keukenhof gardens. Open for just eight weeks each year, the Keukenhof boasts a staggering seven million blooms, planted over 32 hectares. 

  • To get there from Amsterdam Central Station, take a train to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and then the Keukenhof Express bus 858 or 361 to Keukenhof. Alternatively, take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Haarlem Station and then bus 50 to Keukenhof. Both journeys take around an hour. 

  • To fully explore the wonderful world of flowers, a boat or bike tour through the bulb fields is highly recommended. This is where you’ll see the bold stripes of colour which flame across the landscape each spring. 

    • By bike: After visiting Keukenhof gardens, rent your bikes at Rent-a-Bike Van Dam, just in front of the garden’s main entrance (€10 a day, including a cycle route).
    • By boat: Relax as you enjoy the peace and quiet of the endless bulb fields in an electrically propelled ‘whisper boat’. You can buy tickets for the boat tour at the Keukenhof’s only windmill. 
  • One great place to walk among the flowers in a manner that’s respectful to the farmers’ livelihoods is at the Old Zandvliet Farm (Westelijke Randweg 2-4). Here you can learn more about the hard work that goes into cultivating the colourful strips of flowers each year and, of course, take some amazing pictures in the fields themselves!

  • Have lunch at restaurant De Vier Seizoenen, where it’s all about seasonal produce. The menu changes four times a year and features French dishes with Oriental influences, alongside more traditional Dutch fare. 

  • The Black Tulip Museum (1 km away, Heereweg 219) is worth a visit if you want to know even more about the history of the Bollenstreek (bulb region). The museum paints an enthralling picture of the remarkable ‘bulb-to-flower-to-bulb’ cycle with interesting exhibits and unique artworks - including an impressive collection of over 440 tulip vases. 

  • To get back to Amsterdam, take the Keukenhof Express bus (858 or 361) to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or bus 50 to Haarlem. From there, take the train to Amsterdam Central Station (1 hour total journey time).

When exploring the tulip gardens of Amsterdam, make sure to stick to the paths and follow the farm rules. Walking across the fields can crush or damage the flowers. If a tulip plant is trampled, it will not produce a bulb large enough to be sold, so it is important to stay out of the fields. It takes a tremendous amount of work to cultivate the neat lines of flowers that blossom into a rainbow of bulbs each spring, and everyone who visits should be respectful of the flowers and the farmers who have invested so much time, effort, expense and love into the fields.

Keukenhof fluisterboot Cris Toala Olivares

Museum de Zwarte Tulp