Köckenhof royal flower park in the Netherlands

Köckenhof Park and the Dutch Flower Parade 2022

The Dutch Keukenhof Park is called the most beautiful spring park in the world. For this park, 1.5 million tourists come to the Netherlands and everyone is utterly fascinated. When is the best time to visit Köckenhof Park, how to buy tickets and drive? Tulip park photos and video report from the Bloemencorso Flower Parade.

Köckenhof Park Netherlands

Köckenhof Park opening hours 2022

  • In the year 2022, Köckenhof Park is open daily from March 24 to May 15
  • Opening hours at Köckenhof Park from 08:00 to 19:30

Tickets for the Köckenhof 2022

Tickets for the park Koekenhof sold online. The number of visitors and tickets is limited. You must select a date and time when you purchase. Intervals are every hour from 8:00 to 18:30, this is the time to enter the park, there is no limit on the length of the visit.

Because of the new rules, not everyone will be able to get into the Keukenhof Park, tickets sell out quickly! If they are not available online, then also at the ticket office. Buying tickets in advance, you do not risk anything – you can cancel the order the day before the date of the visit. The e-ticket is scanned at the turnstiles at the entrance, no need to print it out.

Ticket prices for the Köckenhof 2022

Adult €19 buy ticket
Child 4-17 years old €9 buy ticket
Child 0-3 years old free

Best time to visit Keukenhof

Keukenhof Park is open 8 weeks a year: from mid-March to mid-May. The peak of the flowering season depends on the weather conditions. The crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and early tulips are the first to bloom. Indoor pavilions display flower arrangements from the first to the last day of operation.

The best time to see the entire park in bloom is from mid-April to early May. In March, not all flowers have opened yet; in May, most have already bloomed.

Try to avoid popular dates: Flower Parade (Saturday in mid-April), Easter Holidays (on the Catholic calendar) and King’s Day (April 27). Fewer visitors come to Köckenhof early in the week, in the morning before 10:30 and in the afternoon after 4:00 pm.

We guessed the season and the weather – on April 21, 2018, everything in the Keukenhof Park was in bloom and it was a warm, sunny day.

Keukenhof Express bus.

How to get to Keukenhof Park

Keukenhof Park is located in the Netherlands in the town of Lisse between Amsterdam and The Hague.

On public transport

Public transport goes to Köckenhof from Amsterdam, Leiden and Haarlem.

By car

By car from Amsterdam to Köckenhof 40 km along the A4, exit at N207 Nieuw-Vennep. Parking at the park entrance €6 per day, free for bikes and mopeds. You can add parking when you buy your park ticket.

Guided tour + transfer to and from the park

Learn the essentials about Amsterdam and visit the spring tulip exhibition in Köckenhof Park on a popular tour that has received appreciative reviews from tourists (held on festival dates).

Elena

Were on a tour of Amsterdam with a visit to Keukenhof Park. We enjoyed it very much and it was very informative. We managed to visit all the historical sites, got a lot of interesting information, the park is just great. Thank you very much for the pleasure and enjoyment of the tour.

Where to stay near Keukenhof

Stay near the Köckenhof Park, then you will have the opportunity to enjoy the park before the main number of visitors arrive and not be in a hurry to leave the area in the evening. Even 1 or 2 nights in a hotel outside of Amsterdam will put you in a more relaxing environment and save you money for your stay. Look for an overnight stay in Lisse, Leiden or Haarlem.

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Hotel with a view of the tulip fields

Hotels near Keukenhof Park

    – Walk to Köckenhof – 19km to Köckenhof (bus service) – historical city near Amsterdam (bus service to Köckenhof)

The history of the park Koekenhof

In the 15th century, the Köckenhof was a small garden around the castle of Countess Jacoba of Bavaria (Jacoba van Beieren), where herbs and vegetables for the kitchen were grown. Hence the name “Keukenhof” – kitchen garden.

In 1865 the landscape architect Jan Zocher and his son Louis, commissioned by the next owners of the estate, Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt, created a new design in the English style. This layout is the basis of the modern Köckenhof Park, which was opened to the public in 1950.

The main mission of Köckenhof then and now is to present the possibilities of the Dutch floral sector, one of the country’s leading industries. Buyers can appreciate the variety of flower bulbs from leading suppliers, and ordinary visitors can plunge into the world of flowers and beauty.

Red tulips and a dolphin fountain

The Köckenhof Dutch Park in numbers

  • 32 hectares of parkland
  • 7 million flowers 1600 varieties
  • 2500 trees of 87 species
  • 15 kilometers of hiking paths
  • 280 benches
  • 15 fountains
  • 32 bridges
  • 4 pavilions

Exploring the park at Köckenhof

Exploring the park takes from 4 hours. Pick up a free park map at the entrance. Many visitors spend the whole day here and come back the next day. We walked in the park in 2 trips: morning and evening, interrupted by a parade of flowers (now you can only enter the park once).

Köckenhof produces a guide to the park – over 80 pages with photos, pull-outs, tear-off cards and a bookmark. The guide booklet can be purchased along with the park tickets for an additional €5 and is available at the information center on the day of the visit. It is a great souvenir to remember Köckenhof Park.

In the park can not ride bicycles and other types of mechanical and motor vehicles, except wheelchairs, which are provided free of charge. Entry with dogs on a leash is allowed. Complete information on the official Köckenhof Park website.

Lake with swans and fountain at Keukenhof

Depending on the time of the visit, there can be a lot of visitors in the park. In some areas, people follow each other and wait for their turn to be photographed. The pavilions, the mill, and specially decorated areas (bridges, sculptures, and themed gardens) have the most visitors.

Blue and White Delft Porcelain in the Delft Blue Garden

The theme for each season of the Köckenhof is different. The theme for 2022 is called Flower Classics. The 7 themed gardens are designed to inspire visitors to create their own garden and home designs.

I loved the garden with the famous blue and white Delft porcelain. The Historic Garden shows how tulip culture has evolved over 400 years in Holland.

Flower show at the Oranje Nassau Pavilion

Flower shows and exhibitions

Flower shows and exhibitions are held in pavilions located in different parts of the Köckenhof Park:

  • Juliana – tulip mania.
  • Oranje Nassau – floral arrangements (floristry).
  • Beatrix – orchids
  • Willem-Alexander – lilies

The Köckenhof Mill with lookout

The Köckenhof Mill

The Köckenhof Mill is more than 120 years old, built in Groningen and moved to the park in 1957. There is an observation deck at the top. We didn’t stand in a long line during the day, but went back in the evening when it was free.

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Entertainment for children at Keukenhof

Activities for kids in Keukenhof Park

For children in the park Koekenhof a lot of interesting things: a contact zoo, a playground, the house of the fairy rabbit Miffy. In the information center you can take a quest around the park and then get a small gift for completing it.

Meals

Köckenhof Park has 6 different theme restaurants and mobile food outlets. You can bring your own food and have a picnic. A large picnic area is located in front of the Willem-Alexander pavilion. Bring a blanket if you want to sit on the grass.

The Wilhelmina and Irene pavilions have seating areas with cafes and restrooms.

Tulip bulb sales at Köckenhof Park

Souvenirs from Keukenhof

The most popular souvenirs from Keukenhof: colorful wooden tulips in Delft porcelain vases and without, tulip and hyacinth bulbs. Souvenirs are sold in the pavilions.

Tulip fields around Köckenhof Park in the Netherlands

Tulip Fields

There are tulip fields around Köckenhof Park, which are best explored by bicycle. Rental bikes €15 per day, including a map of the routes.

From the mill there is a boat “Wisper boat” that takes 45 minutes to ride along the canal between the tulip fields.

Kasteel Keukenhof

Kasteel Keukenhof is across the street from the park. In the garden with sculptures walks a peacock, there is a restaurant and a contact zoo. The Köckenhof Castle is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00, admission and parking free.

The restaurant “de Hofboerderij” is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Köckenhof Castle is open to visitors several times a year with a guided tour.

Bloemencorso Flower Parade in Holland

The Bloemencorso flower parade is one of the most impressive flower shows held in the Netherlands on a Saturday in mid-April. In 2022, the flower parade celebrates its 75th anniversary and takes place on April 23.

The Bloemencorso parade begins in the seaside town of Nordwijk, 50 km from Amsterdam, and ends in Haarlem. The route of the flower parade:

  1. Noordwijk
  2. Voorhout
  3. Sassenheim
  4. Lisse/Keukenhof
  5. Hillegom
  6. Bennebroek
  7. Heemstede
  8. Haarlem

The flower parade includes platforms and cars decorated with flowers, dance groups, artists and musicians. The main source of funding is sponsorships and donations.

To see the flower parade in the Netherlands come from all over the world. The parade passes through eight locations. Most spectators gather at Köckenhof, so it is not recommended to visit the park itself on this day. If you are very willing, you can combine a visit to the park and the flower parade, as we did.

How to combine the Köckenhof and the Flower Parade

  • Buy entrance tickets to Keukenhof in advance.
  • Stay overnight in Lisse and come to the park in time for the opening or the evening after the Bloemencorso Flower Parade.
  • Leave Amsterdam as early as possible (bus 858 runs from 8:00). After 9:00 there is traffic jam on the road to Köckenhof, which can take up to 2 hours. From 13:00 the road will be closed.
  • Leave the parade 1-2 hours after the end of the parade or later, otherwise you’ll be stuck in traffic and in line for the bus.
  • Take a spot along the road where the Bloemencorso Flower Parade will be held or buy a grandstand ticket in advance. The parade goes through the Keukenhof at about 3:30-16:00 pm.
  • Most importantly, tune in for a long day and have patience.

In the communities of Sassenheim, Lisse, Hillegom there is a show with dancing and music. A limited number of grandstand seats are for sale, with prices starting at €25.95. We watched the parade from the grandstand at Köckenhof (Lisse) by invitation.

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You don’t have to jostle with everyone near the grandstands. For that, rent bikes, move part of the way towards the parade and stand wherever you like.

Amateur Brass Band.

Where to see all the flower platforms in one place

  • In Sassenheim 3 days before the Bloemencorso flower parade during “construction days” you can watch the creation of the platforms, the entrance fee of €5 includes tea or coffee.
  • In Nordwijckerhout on the Friday evening before the Bloemencorso flower parade, illuminated platforms pass through the city center. – The final point of the Bloemencorso flower parade route, the entire day after the parade (Sunday) the flower platforms stand here. At the end of the day they are dismantled into bouquets.

In Bloemencorso-2018, 18 floral platforms participated. “Chinese Dragon,” “Greek Mythology,” and “Romance in Flowers” won. I liked the platform with the pink elephant representing the culture of Thailand, there were also interesting platforms on the theme of space, art, theater and film.

The band and dancers performed in front of us 30 minutes before the flower parade. The host introduced the participants in English and Dutch. The spectators were especially delighted by the appearance of the 3rd place Köckenhof platform. Between the platforms the decorated cars were passing by, which were also competing in their category.

Sitting next to us was one of the sponsors, the director of a transportation company, who graciously answered my questions. Her employee played trumpet in a brass band and wore traditional wooden clogs. It all took place in a fun, friendly atmosphere.

After the flower parade, we took another walk through Köckenhof Park (the ticket was valid all day). In the evening the park was quiet and the tulips and hyacinths looked very different in the setting sun. The day we spent in Keukenhof was one of the highlights of our lives!

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FAQ

The best time to visit Keukenhof is from mid-April to early May.

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Park of flowers Köckenhof

Köckenhof Flower Park

Koekenhof Royal Flower Park, also called Garden of Europe, is the national pride of the Netherlands and one of the main sights of the country. It is included in all tourist guidebooks and reference books as a must-see place. However, you can do this only in spring and for only two months.

Park of flowers Keukenhof in 2022

Keukenhof’s opening schedule in 2022 is from March 24 to May 15 with no breaks or weekends. Tickets cost €18.50 for adults, €9 for children ages 4-17, kids under 3 are admitted free. On the official website is available to book tickets online with a specific date.

The flower parade usually takes place in April, with the procession moving past the park. In 2022, the parade will take place on April 23.

History

Keukenhof means “kitchen courtyard”. In the 15th century the land belonged to Jacobina of Bavaria. The duchess ordered gardens to be planted in the hunting grounds around the castle so that fresh herbs could be served. In the middle of the 19th century, the owners of the manor chose renowned landscape architects, a father and a son named Zocher, who designed the Vondelpark, to enhance the grounds in the tradition of English parkland design with lawns, fountains and walking paths.

After the Second World War, the flower export of Holland brought the main income to the treasury and private farms.

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The park received its first visitors in 1949 at the initiative of the mayor of Lisse, who invited exporters to show their products in one place in the open air. In 2018, 1.4 million people from 100 countries visited Holland’s main flower show. In honor of the 70th anniversary, the program of events will be especially rich.

Farmers and companies supplying goods abroad donate their seed stock. The organizers have succeeded in creating a popular platform to showcase the achievements of the Dutch floriculture industry and an attraction for tourists.

Köckenhof Gardens

The garden has an area of 30 hectares and is located near the town of Lisse on the road between Amsterdam and The Hague.

Entrance is open from 08:00 to 18:00, and visitors can remain in the park until 19:30.

Gardeners form colorful beds, planting more than 7 million tulips, crocuses, daffodils, freesias, hyacinths, lilies, irises, carnations and orchids every year. The blossoming buds fill the air with delicate scents, and the variety of shapes and colors is astounding. Different specimens of ornamental crops make up spirals, labyrinths, patterns and even paintings.

The park space is beautifully landscaped. Bridges are thrown over the ponds, benches and sculptures are installed in the alleys. Fans of original photographs will be pleased with the equipped photo zones with giant wooden shoes and other colorful ethnic attributes. Free Wi-Fi allows you to immediately share your photos on social networks. Maps that are handed out at ticket booths and information desks make navigation easy. The dominant feature of the landscape is an active windmill with an observation deck. There is a children’s play area and a contact mini-zoo. The total length of hiking trails exceeds 15 km.

You can enter with dogs on the condition that the owners keep their pets on the leash. Working souvenir shops, luggage storage, buggy and wheelchair rental. Bicycles are prohibited, but you can rent two-wheelers and ride around the area on the proposed routes on the map. The bike ride will be unforgettable: tulip fields stretch to the horizon, turning the surroundings into a bright patchwork quilt.

Quench your hunger with fast food at the eateries or order in from the restaurants. During peak season there are long lines at the eateries. If that’s the case, get out of the garden and walk to the center of Lisse. The walk should take no more than 15 minutes. Having lunch at one of the many inexpensive restaurants or cafes, you can save time and money. Ticket is valid for the whole day, so you can return and continue looking around with renewed energy.

The pavilions of Keukenhof Park

In addition to bulbous plants planted outdoors, there are pavilions with greenhouses, where florists compete in skill, making amazing compositions of cut and potted flowers.

Juliana/Tulpomania Pavilion is named after Queen Juliana, who ruled from 1948 to 1980. The exhibits focus on the history of the “tulip boom.” It tells how the flower first came to Holland and caused such a sensation that a period of tulip mania began. There was a real hunt for rare varieties, in which practically the whole population took part – from the seamstresses and chimney sweepers to the noblemen and members of the government. On one occasion a buyer paid the equivalent of $100,000 for a single bulb. Those who managed to obtain or produce a new hybrid made a fortune at the height of the frenzy. In one market town, tulips were worth 10 million guilders. At the time, the assets of the British East India Trading Company, the most powerful corporation of colonial Britain, were valued at the same price on the stock exchange.

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The information stand informs about the structure and features of tulips, different stages of bulb development are clearly shown. Visitors can learn about the layered planting of bulbs, which was invented by the Dutch to create beds of long-lasting blooms. In general, the purpose of the pavilion is educational in nature. For example, beginner flower growers are explained under what humidity and light to store bulbs to prevent their premature germination and achieve good germination.

Köckenhof Flower Park

In the center of the park is the largest pavilion Willem-Alexander, named after the reigning King Willem-Alexander. Expositions are constantly changing and updated. Lilies, amaryllis, perennials and various imaginative and elegant installations are on display.

The orchid kingdom is the Beatrix pavilion, personally overseen by Princess Beatrix. She held the royal throne from 1980 to 2013 before abdicating the throne in favor of her son. There is a balcony in the middle of the building, which can be accessed by a staircase and viewed the colorful splendor from above.

The Oranje Nassau Pavilion is named after the royal dynasty. While the lion’s share of the park belongs to tulips, other representatives of the blooming flora are favored here. Art objects are made up of chrysanthemums, calla lilies, gerberas, roses and alstromerias. Master classes in arranging and floristry are held for all comers.

Flower and bulb purchase

Bouquets and seedlings presented in the showcases can be bought. Under Dutch law, it is allowed to take no more than 5 kg of bulbs or tubers per person, but transporting them to Russia may cause problems at customs. The Russian law “On Plant Quarantine” explicitly prohibits the importation of bulbs into the country. Sanitary inspection officers have the full right to seize the “contraband”. Only plants devoid of rooting, i.e. the flower must not be in the soil, but in the so-called substrate, can be imported unhindered. In this case you must have an international phytosanitary certificate, and such a document is valid not more than 15 days. Therefore, planting material for the cultivation of flowers in the countryside or in the apartment is easier to buy at home.

How to get to Köckenhof Park

If travelling in your own or rented car, take the A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and the A44 (exit 3, Lisse), following the signs marked Keukenhof. You will have to pay 6 euros for parking, and sometimes it’s difficult to find a free spot.

To get to the park on your own from Amsterdam is also quite easy by public transport: first take a train to Schiphol Airport, and from there take bus number 858 right to the park gate. The bus stop is easy to find by the signs. The interval of movement is 15-20 minutes. The ticket costs 5 euros and you can buy it for cash from the driver, or (if you plan a lot of trips) buy OV chipkaart and put money on the card. Combination tickets are sold for 29.50 euros, which includes a visit to the park and round trip. In addition, runs a special express bus Keukenhof Express. It departs five times a day from the street Damrak, 34.

From Leiden Central Station, bus 854 will take you to Keukenhof in 20-25 minutes and 4.5 euros.

From the railway station in Haarlem there is also a direct bus number 50. Travel time is 50 minutes and the price is 3.5 euros.

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