I know you’ve seen those epic photos of tulip fields and had to plan a visit to the Netherlands. Rows and rows of color are what make this stop a must-see. You just have to jump on a bus at the airport, discover new tulip variety, and have lunch all before your next flight. You don’t have to visit the red light district in Amsterdam (but you could-no judgment), instead, you can spend the day amongst beautiful gardens.
Tulips are my favorite flower, so I have wanted to visit these fields since I discovered them on the internet many years ago. Luckily, I was not the only one, so Keukenhof has made it extremely easy for people to stop and visit their gardens. Here’s my guide on how to visit tulip fields for a magnificent spring day in the Netherlands.
You Can Take a Bus Straight From the Airport to the Tulip Fields With Keukenhof
Visiting the tulip fields is so easy in The Netherlands that even during your layover it is very simple to get to Keukenhof. If you fly into Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and have a long layover, I recommend storing your bags there. When I was there, the bag lockers inside the airport were full so we had to exit security with our bags and check them (near baggage claim).
Because I purchased our Keukenhof ticket in advance (recommended), I printed a copy with directions on how to find the bus. It was so easy! All the Keukenhof workers wore shirts with their logo on it, and immediately greeted us when we walked outside the airport.
The workers checked our tickets and we stood in line to get on the bus to Keukenhof. The bus ride was pleasant and took us straight to the gardens. If you didn’t want to see the gardens right away, you could rent a bike and explore the area before entering the gardens. Riding bikes around the area will get your those epic insta photos (just don’t go into the grounds, it’s the farmer’s biggest pet peeve). Upon arrival, we entered the gardens and began to explore the park.
Discover a Favorite Tulip Varietal That You Never Knew Existed in the Netherlands
Because we arrived so early, the gardens were not too busy at first. Even the workers were still walking out with their food trucks to set up for the day. We walked to the mill and had a great view of the tulip fields.
Throughout the park, there are garden sections designed by various people. The colors and designs are endless and include more than just tulips. There are daffodils, roses, and many other types of flowers.
Inside the flower showroom, I discovered there are over 3,000 varieties of tulips in the world. Early, late, hybrid, fringe, etc. The work each gardener has put into their bulbs is extraordinary.
Enjoy a Meal in the Tulip Gardens (not a field)
Next, it was time for some food as I was losing stamina from walking the park. There were many food trucks throughout the gardens, with dutch pancakes, potatoes, hot dogs, etc. Many many options to eat! There were far more people in the park by lunchtime, so it did take some time to order and find a table, but it wasn’t too bad.
Instead of leaving the park, we decided to get a salad from the self-serve station in the Willem-Alexander Pavilion. This section had options to sort your dishes and you placed them on a rack that was nearby. I was very happy with the recycling options at Keukenhof, considering how large of a park it is.
Visiting Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in the Netherlands was a bucket list item for me that did not disappoint. I was so happy to spend my time here without doing the other stereotypical things tourists do when they visit Amsterdam. Because tulips are my favorite flower, I was on cloud 9 the entire time!
I highly recommend this option for a first-time visitor to Amsterdam or the person who doesn’t want to navigate public transportation to see tulip fields. Keukenhof has this whole tourist thing under control, making it an easy stop for anyone in the family.
Have you been to Keukenhof? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.
The Basics – Visiting Tulip Fields in the Netherlands
Best time to visit:
Spring (late March-early may)
How to get there:
Purchase a combi ticket (Entrance to Keukenhof + round trip bus ticket) so you can take a coach from the airport straight to the gardens
Yourself! Keukenhof is a pedestrian park.
€ Euros or your credit card
Dutch, but it was very easy to speak English with all the Keukenhof staff
None – This was a day trip from Amsterdam for me
What to eat:
I had a salad inside the park, there are tons of options (food trucks, dutch pancakes, hotdogs, etc.)
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