Netherlands

3 of the best Keukenhof tours from Amsterdam

by Paul Stafford  |  Published November 16, 2019

The Garden of Europe is a popular moniker for Keukenhof, which was originally Slot Teylingen castle’s kitchen garden dating back to the 15th century. That is not to be confused with Castle Keukenhof, a manor house built on the estate later in 1641. The castle’s grounds went through various restructures in the subsequent years, including a comprehensive 1857 effort to recast the gardens in the English style, popular across Europe at the time. The garden is now a vibrant showcase of the Dutch gardening industry’s incredible array of flowers, with millions of bulbs planted every year.

While the grounds of the castle are open for most of the year, the impressive floral display is only available for eight weeks in spring, from late March to early May, making this undoubtedly the best time to visit. During that period, Keukenhof is constantly in bloom, with tulips making for the most dazzling of vistas. Tours to Keukenhof from Amsterdam are a great way to experience the gardens in a day, while letting someone else take care of organising the tickets and transportation. There are plenty of good options, ranging from cheap tours to full-day tours that incorporate a few other sights into the itinerary. Here are three of the best.