Situated in the small town of Lisse (just a short trip from Amsterdam) is the incredibly beautiful Keukenhof Garden. There are reportedly over 7 million bulbs planted each year and the park is just short of 80 acres. It’s one of the country’s most visited attractions – which is pretty crazy to think about considering it’s only open to the public for two months of the year!
So when is the best time to visit Keukenhof Garden? I happened to be in Amsterdam the first week of May and was lucky enough to be able to experience the park in full bloom. The park is open from late March until mid May every year, but keep in mind the weather of the preceding months can affect the blooming season. Go too early and the majority of flowers will still be in bud, go too late and most of the displays will be past their prime. I’d recommend checking the weekly blooming forecast here.
There are several options to get to the gardens from Amsterdam. The easiest are the buses that depart directly from Schiphol airport. A lot of the hostels/hotels can set up direct transportation for you as well (Check out ClinkNoord). Plan on setting aside at least half a day to take in the full beauty of the gardens.
Here are some photos that capture a tiny piece of the park’s pure magic!