Tulips from (outside) Amsterdam: Add Keukenhof to your spring travel bucket list

Tulips from (outside) Amsterdam: Add Keukenhof to your spring travel bucket list

    The beautiful Spring Garden is one of the Netherlands' main tourist attractions – but be quick because it's only open eight weeks a year.
</p><div><div class="c-ad c-ad-halfpage u-show-for-small-only"><div class="c-ad__placeholder"><img class="c-ad__placeholder__logo" src="https://static.euronews.com/website/images/logos/logo-euronews-180x22-grey-6.svg" width="180" height="22" alt="" loading="lazy"/><span>advertisement</span></div></div><p>If spring flowers fill you with joy, there's one place in Europe that's a must-see: Keukenhof.

Close to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, you’ll find vast gardens filled with seven million bulbs – most of them tulips.

The flower gallery in Lisse is located on 32 hectares (or 79 acres) of land, and each bulb is grown with the utmost care by one of Keukenhof’s 40 gardeners.

The year 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the glorious garden. Here’s everything you need to know about it — and how to make a floral visit a reality, when it officially opens on March 21.

A brief history of Keukenhof Park

doors for Keukenhof – also known as Europa Park – was opened on March 21, 1949.

It was founded that year by a group of onion growers and flower exporters, and was initially created to showcase products and support the Netherlands’ export industry.

The following year, the park opened to the public and was an immediate success, welcoming 200,000 visitors in its first season.

It is located in the municipality of Lisse, southwest of the city of Lisse AmsterdamIt is now known as one of the largest flower gardens in the world.

It dates back to 1638, when Adriaan Mertens Blok, captain and governor of the Dutch East India Company, bought the land and built a large palace called Keukenhof Castle.

In 1857, the owners Baron and Baroness Van Pallant commissioned the landscape architect Jean-David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher – both landscape designers. Amsterdam Vondelpark – Restructuring the garden and lands surrounding the building.

These designs, in typically English style, still form the basis of the modern Keukenhof gardens.

Here’s what to expect while visiting Keukenhof

While the gardens are nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, especially for the sheer amount of tulips on display, you won’t just see these beautiful spring flowers.

About 600 growers and businesses provide their best flowers, shrubs and trees for the fair, which runs for approximately eight weeks a year.

Expect to catch a glimpse of the likes of roses and orchids as well as 800 different types of tulips and some of the best cherry blossoms in the entire country.

Different species are given their own spaces to display their unique charm.

Among the many themed suites, you will come across Beatrix – Named after the former Queen of the Netherlands – where you’ll find orchids and anthuriums. The nearby Oranje Nassau Pavilion displays the best roses, chrysanthemums and daffodils.

There seems to be something for everyone, even the youngest visitors.

In addition to millions of flowers, there is a children’s maze as well as a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo and a themed playground MiffyDutch rabbit icon.

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You can also delve into the history of Keukenhof by visiting the park’s famous windmill, which was built in Groningen in 1892 and was previously used as a pumping mill.

Original tulip varieties dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries are also on display, illustrating the development of more than 400 years of bulb cultivation in the region. Holland.

Scattered around the gardens, you’ll also find around 100 individual sculptures displaying a wide range of artistic styles.

The entire place is an artist’s dream, especially if you are into photography. Flowers – in every color imaginable – appear every year across social media, drawing people in with their true riot of colours.

How to make the most of your visit to Keukenhof

Since its founding, it is unsurprising that Keukenhof has enjoyed exceptional popularity as a destination.

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However, due to its large size, Keukenhof does not feel overly crowded. However, we advise you to do some advance planning before you tiptoe among the tulips.

If you are traveling to the Netherlands just to visit Keukenhof, we recommend staying in the nearby town of Lisse and taking the local bus.

Starting in Amsterdam? You’ll want to take the metro and get off at Europublin station. From there, hop on bus 852 – known as the Keukenhof Express. It runs up to ten times an hour and takes just over 30 minutes to get to the park. You’ll need to take bus 858 if you’re heading directly to Keukenhof from Schiphol Airport; The journey takes half an hour and is frequent.

No matter how long your trip is, it is not a visit to the Netherlands by boat or Riding a bicycle. Fortunately, there are a variety of bike tours you can take around Keukenhof, and if you prefer the water, you’re in luck.

Electrically powered boats ply the canals between the lantern fields around Keukenhof, meaning you can enjoy the rainbow of flowers in a very relaxing way.

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The Keukenhof is open from 21 March to 12 May 2024.

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