Holland and flowers have been connected to each other for hundreds of years. In the past, flower parades (in Dutch Bloemencorso) have been created at various towns and villages in Holland. The flower parades are a true Dutch tradition that many volunteers work for throughout the year. Most flower parades are held in August and September but the most famous Dutch flower parade runs in April.
If you want to visit a flower parade, it is wise to plan your visit well in advance. Especially the flower parade in spring is so popular that hotels near Keukenhof and the flower fields are been fully booked and traffic to the view locations are very busy on paradeday.
Below we give a short overview of the most popular flower parades that you should not miss when you are in Holland.
Keukenhof Flower Parade on April 13, 2019
Actually this parade is not called Keukenhof Flower Parade but it’s offical name is Bloemencorso Bollenstreek. Because many people combine this flower parade with a visit to Keukenhof and the Flower Parade runs along Keukenhof it is often called this way.
This Flower Parade is the highlight of spring in Holland and it’s held in April. More than one million people from all over the world enjoy the colorful flower floats. It’s the most famous Flower Parade in Holland and it’s unique because it uses spring flowers like Hyacinths, daffodils and tulips to decorate the parade floats.
Many people think that the flower parade is made of tulips. However, a large part has been created with other spring flowers. Crocuses, daffodils and mainly hyacinths are used when making the floats. Of course tulips are also used, but they are certainly not in the majority.
When will the Keukenhof Flower Parade take place in 2019?
The Flower Parade 2019 will be held on Saturday 13 April 2019 which is quit early in April. The reason for this early edition is the fact that the parade can not be held in the Easter weekend of April 20 and a week later it is Kings Day (April 27) in Holland. It will be the 72th time this Flower Parade is being held.
Combine Flower Parade with Keukenhof Gardens
One of the best points to view the Flower Parade is on the Keukenhof Boulevard in Lisse. It’s located in front of main entrance of the famous Keukenhof Gardens. You can easily combine the flower parade with Keukenhof. Keep in mind that it is always a busy day and try to come to Keukenhof as early as possible. The Flower Parade is free to visit. We advise you to buy your tickets to Keukenhof online so you can Skip the line. You can choose between the following Keukenhof tickets:
Tickets for Keukenhof Gardens 2019
|Keukenhof Skip the line ticket > 12 year||€ 18,00||Buy tickets|
|Kids ticket 4-11 years||€ 8.00||Buy tickets|
|Kids up to 3 years||Free|
|Parking ticket Day pass||€ 6,00||Buy tickets|
|Bus (return ticket) + Keukenhof Skip the line||€ 25,00||Buy tickets|
|Rental Bike at Keukenhof||€ 15,00||Buy tickets|
|Keukenhof Guided Tour from Amsterdam |
including a visit to a real tulip farm
|€ 69,00||Buy tickets|
Helicopter view on the Flower Parade
Want to have a unique view on the Flower Parade? Then check out the helicopter sightseeing tours that are available every Saturday in April. You will fly from a location near Keukenhof Gardens and get a birds eye view on the flowers fields, the Flower Parade and the Dutch beach and dunes. Check out more about the helicopter flights -> here
Viewing the Bloemencorso from a covered stand
Want to watch the Flowerparade 2019 on a covered seat? There are two Grandstands available to watch the event. There is a stand in Lisse and one in Sassenheim. The Grandstands covers a lot of extra’s such as parking closeby, sanitairy facilities and excellent catering. A speaker will provide the stands with commentary as the Flowerparade passes.
The price for a Grandstand is € 24,50 per person. A parking ticket can be purchased for an extra of € 4,50 per car. Be on time for parking, as the town of Lisse is because of the traffic not easily accessible. You will recieve in advance a good, alternative route description.
On top of visiting the Flower Parade, there is an offer for some extra activities to experience more about the region and its rich culture of bulb breeding.
You can take a look at the making of of the flower parade and on Friday evening you have the chance to see the unique illuminated version of the flower parade. Check out our event calendar for the side events and more information like the route of the Keukenhof Flower Parade.
More about the Keukenhof Flower Parade
- The history of the Dutch Flower Parade
- Download the promotion flyer for the Flower Parade 2018
- The Dutch Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek 2018
Flower Parades in August and September
Many flower parades are held in Holland in August and September. Summer Flower Parades use different flowers than the Keukenhof Flower Parade. Primarily Dahlias are used to build up the gigantic flower floats. Below is a brief overview of the flower parades that you should have seen.
- Varend Corso Westland – 2,3 & 4 August 2019
- Rijnsburgscorso – 10 August 2019
- Leersum Bloemencorso – 17 & 18 August 2019
- Sint Jansklooster Bloemencorso – 16 & 17 August 2019
- Rekken Bloemencorso – 21, 22 & 23 August 2019
- Winterswijk Bloemencorso – 30 & 31 August 2019
- Vollenhove Bloemencorso – 24 August 2019
- Eelde Bloemencorso – 31 Augustus & 1 September 2019
- Zundert Bloemencorso
- Beltrum Bloemencorso
- Floraliacorso Frederiksoord
- Lichtenvoorde Bloemencorso
- Valkenswaard Bloemencorso
- Voorthuizen Bloemencorso
- Gondelvaart op wielen
- Winkel Bloemencorso
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