Every year, Keukenhof, the world’s most extensive flower garden, opens for two months every spring to allow millions of visitors from all over the world to experience in its beauty.
Located in South Holland, the garden is also the Netherlands most spectacular flower park. And it’s only 35 minutes’ drive from Amsterdam.
Some people also call Keukenhof the “Garden of Europe.”
The Keukenhof stretches in over 79 acres land. It’s home to 7 million bulbs and over 800 varieties of tulips. These bulbs are planted every year by 100 royal companies in the Dutch floriculture sector, to display collections of bulbs, plants, and flowers.
This makes Keukenhof a beautiful place to take stunning photos with your family or friends. Visitors can also have an opportunity to discover Holland’s incredible flower sector.
Some of the bulbous flowers in the display include narcissus, roses, irises, and hyacinth, among others. The gardens are arranged in colorful and neat flower rivers.
The history of this famous Keukenhof garden dates back to the 16th century, and tulips were introduced to the country from the Ottoman Empire.
At this age of extreme wealth, tulips were coveted such that they were traded as a currency. And in the 17th century, their popularity grew after the Dutch Golden Age event took place.
Also, Keukenhof’s history dates hundreds of years back. During this period, the grounds were used by Jacqueline of Bavaria’s kitchen staff to grow vegetables and fruits. This’s where the name Keukenhof came from, and the name means “kitchen garden.”
In 1641, a castle was built in the garden. The landscaping was then tailored to resemble an English garden in the mid-19th century.
The tradition of exhibiting flowers during spring started in 1949. This was after 20 prominent flower growers in the Netherlands decided to use the ground to display their flowers.
This made Keukenhof a beautiful place to take stunning photos with your family or friends. Visitors can also have an opportunity to discover Holland’s incredible flower sector.
Keukenhof garden opens every year from 21st March to 9th May. The garden is welcoming tourists throughout the world who want to see the world’s famous flower garden.
During this time, flower enthusiasts throughout the globe arrive to explore these famous bulbs gardens, and to relax in its sheer beauty. With over 7 million bulbs, you can imagine how incredible the site looks like during spring.
Every person requires to buy a ticket to be allowed in the garden. These tickets are also available online, where you can buy at the convenient of your home.
You can get to flower strips in the garden using public transport. Regular buses are available from Schiphol and Amsterdam.
One of the best ways to explore the Keukenhof gardens is through biking. You can cycle across the pathways and between flower displays at your own pace. With a bike, you’ll be able to travel to a larger area with less time. The gardens also rent bikes and will advise you on the cycling routes.
You can also explore the gardens on foot. There’re marked hiking routes to follow, and they pass through colorful bulbs fields, green pastures, and waterways.