Enjoy Tulip Season in the Netherlands
Updated: 5 July 2023
Probably the most asked question we get: ‘When is Tulip Season in the Netherlands?’, followed by ‘What is the best time to see the tulips in bloom?’. So let’s answer these questions and give you all the information you ever wanted to know about the ‘Tulip Festival in the Netherlands’.
Visiting Tulip Season in the Netherlands? Contact us for a Private Tour to Keukenhof from Amsterdam or Rotterdam
Tulips are part of the group of spring flowers. First spring bulbs to bloom are: snowdrops in February. Followed by crocus and daffodils mid-March, grape-hyacinth and hyacinth end of March and then early-, middle- and late-blooming tulips until mid-May. So there is -never- one time when you see everything in bloom. You will always enjoy your visit during Tulip Season in the Netherlands.
Keukenhof Park is only open 8 weeks out of the year. Please check the dates for the coming years
We expect the following opening dates:
- Keukenhof 2024 | Thursday 21 March – Sunday 12 May
- Keukenhof 2025 | Thursday 20 March – Sunday 11 May
- Keukenhof 2026 | Thursday 19 March – Sunday 10 May
Please always check for the exact dates on www.keukenhof.nl
In 2024 Keukenhof is open from Thursday March 21 until Sunday May 12.
It is Mother Nature who answers this question every year. If winter is warm the flowers bloom early. If it stays cold it take longer for the flowers to bloom. Is it warm during tulip season, the flowers don’t last as long.
The Best Time to See Tulips in Bloom is in the last 2 weeks of April and the first week of May.
Are you not able to come these Best 3 weeks during Tulip Season in the Netherlands? No problem! Keukenhof Gardens always makes sure the park is beautiful from day one until they last day. There are indoor and outdoor areas. So if outdoor not everything is blooming, they make sure you can enjoy the blooming flowers indoors.
It is not only the tulips that bloom in the Dutch springtime. It all starts with snowdrops. These little white flowers can show there face as soon as end of January. A beautiful sign nature is awakening form its winter sleep. Late February early March you can spot the white/yellow/purple crocuses. Easy bulbs that multiply themselves. Quickly followed by daffodils and hyacinths. The strong fragrant of the hyacinths for us resembles the smell of spring. A great welcome when you have one blooming in your house. End of April is when you can catch the first tulips in bloom. These are usually the shorter ones and often the colors red and yellow.
Tulip Season in the Netherlands is súper busy. Check our availability and book ASAP!
Enjoy Tulip Season in the Netherlands!
- All year – Visit Flower Auction Flora Holland.
- Jan/Feb/Mar – Visit Tulip Farmer. See how the flowers grow inside the greenhouse.
- Mar/Apr/May – Spring flower, Tulip season
- Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep – Contact us for garden visits! Private Garden tours, Castle Gardens, Rose Gardens, Botanical Gardens and more!
- Aug/Sep – Almost every weekend there are amazing Flower Parade’s with dahlia floats
So even if you visit the Netherlands outside of tulip season there are still many options to enjoy flowers. The Dutch people are also proud gardeners. They like to have flowers in their gardens. You can often see them pruning and weeding, sometimes even on their wooden shoes.