The Netherlands is renowned for flowers. In spring time we have fields of neatly arranged colours which you can check out for free from your car or the train or maybe from above when you fly in from Finland and land at Schiphol. But what better way to get inspired for the coming year by visiting the Keukenhof, Hollands flowers at their finest.
More about the Keukenhof
The Keukenhof is located on the ground of a castle located next to Lisse, a town in The Netherlands. The name is derived from a dune, called the ‘Keuken Dune’. It started out as an exhibition to showcase the different flowers in the area, back in 1949. It is designed by the same landscape architects that made the Vondel Park, the most famous park in Amsterdam.
Flowers, flowers and more flowers!
There are over 7 million species of flowers in The Keukenhof. Tullips of course, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and lilies amongst others. You can take a stroll through the gardens, or take the silent boat for a little tour on the water. There are different pavilions which showcase different and new hybrids, species but also the public favourites from before.
Around 75 % of the visitors are tourists. It is the world’s biggest flower garden, so its clear to see why people want to see it. The temporary nature of the exhibition also adds to its mystery, the Keukenhof is opened for a limited amount of time. It opens the 22nd of March, and closes the 13th of May. You have the possibility to walk around 15 kilometres of well-groomed pathways. For children, there are different playgrounds to play in.
Take a tour
When you are finished in the Keukenhof, it is ideal to get cycle around and see the flowers in the wild, in the fields where they are grown for export purposes. The Keukenhof is open from 08.00 until 19.30 daily!