Book Tours for the Keukenhof Flower Parade Bloemencorso

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by Henk Bekker

in Amsterdam, Holland, Keukenhof, N24, Netherlands

Book tours to the Bloemencorso Bollenstreek flower parade at Keukenhof from Amsterdam or see the floats displayed in Haarlem.

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is a colorful flower parade from Noordwijk to Haarlem in the tulip bulb fields region of the Netherlands — visit Keukenhof only on tours on parade Saturday.

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is a colorful flower parade from Noordwijk to Haarlem in the tulip bulb fields region of the Netherlands -- visit Keukenhof only on tours on parade Saturday.
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Several Bloemencorsos (flower parade festivals) are held in the Netherlands but the one in the Bollenstreek (bulb flower fields region) to the south of Amsterdam is particularly popular. In the Bloemencorso Bollenstreek floats decorated with flowers are the main attraction in a large parade that follows a route past Keukenhof from Noordwijk to Haarlem. The main parade is all-day Saturday with a shorter evening parade the Friday before and the floats on display in Haarlem on Sunday. These parades are beautiful to see but cause tremendous traffic chaos in the region. Avoid traveling to Keukenhof on parade days, except when booking a specific Bloemencorso tour.

Keukenhof Area Flower Parade / Bloemencorso in 2024

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is a colorful flower parade from Noordwijk to Haarlem in the tulip bulb fields region of the Netherlands -- visit Keukenhof only on tours on parade Saturday.
© Violin / Depositphotos

In 2024, the main Bloemencorso Bollenstreek flower parade is on Saturday 20 April from Noordwijk to Haarlem, with an evening parade on Friday 19 April in Noordwijkerhout, and the floats on display in Haarlem on Sunday 21 April. It is also possible to see the floats being prepared by volunteers (and lend a hand) from Wednesday to Friday morning in Sassenheim.

The Saturday parade starts around 9 am in Noordwijk and slowly travels via many small towns and Keukenhof to reach Haarlem around 21:30 to 22:00. It causes terrible traffic jams and travelers with limited time should avoid the region on parade Saturday except if booking a specific tour — even public transportation buses are likely to get stuck at times. Traffic near Keukenhof will be particularly affected from around 13:00 to 17:00 on parade day.

The main Bloemencorso Bollenstreek flower parades in coming years are planned for 12 April 2025, 18 April 2026, and 17 April 2027.

Book Tours from Amsterdam to Keukenhof and the Bloemencorso Flower Parade

Guided bus tours from Amsterdam are a good way to visit Keukenhof and see the Bloemencorso flower parade. Specific bloemencorso tours schedule departures and arrivals to avoid road closures and delays. (If not interested in the flower parade, visit Keukenhof on a different day.)

The following tours are from Amsterdam and include bus transfers and entrance to Keukenhof in addition to specific aspects of the parade:

Adding further sights and tickets usually gives a small saving — the visits to these added sights are usually possible on different dates than the visit to Keukenhof and seeing the flower parade.

Using the train to see the parade in Haarlem is a sensible do-it-yourself option, as the parade may be reached on foot from the train station. Seeing the stationary floats on Sunday in Haarlem is also a good choice.

See the full program and timings at Bloemencorso Bollenstreek.

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Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance travel writer with over 20 years of experience writing online. He is particularly interested in history, art, and culture. He has lived most of his adult life in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. In addition to European-Traveler.com, he also owns a travel website on the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland and maintains statistical websites on car sales and classic car auction prices. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London.

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