A Visit to Keukenhof in 40 Pictures

Last Tuesday I went to Holland again. My parents and I drove to Lisse, the location of the world’s most beautiful spring garden. At Keukenhof, more than seven million (!) flowering bulbs – daffodils, hyacinths and tulips – create an explosion of color. Carpets of flowers in the brightest of colors are spread out across 32 hectares (79 acres); there are wonderful flower shows and exhibitions and dozens of works of art.

This year the central theme of the park is Holland and tulips are featured now more than ever. Millions of tulips in a thousand – that’s right, a thousand – different varieties are displayed in their amazing gardens.

I can talk and talk and talk some more about it, but it really is all about the visual aspect here.

Keukenhof in 40 Pictures

Yellow tulips in the Netherlands

Tulips in a rock garden, Netherlands

Tulips in the Netherlands

Spring flowers in Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Hundreds of colorful tulips, the Netherlands.

People in Keukenhof, Holland

A river of flowers in the Netherlands

Pink tulips in the Netherlands

Daffodils, the Netherlands.

Gorgeous flower gardens in Keukenhof, Holland.

Orchid exhibition in the Netherlands.

Purple flowers in a Dutch garden.

Tulips in all kinds of colors in colorful Keukenhof.

Walking among tulips in Keukenhof, Holland.

Dutch windmill.

Colorful tulips in Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Yellow, orange and red tulips in the Netherlands.

Spring flowers in Keukenhof, Holland.

White cherry blossoms in the Netherlands.

Low red tulips in Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Okay, we’re halfway!

Time to give our eyes some rest, shall we?

The area used to be part of the estate of Teylingen Castle. In the fifteenth century the surrounding woods and dunes were hunting grounds and supplied foods of all kinds. Game and gathered food was used in the kitchen of the castle. ‘Keukenhof” means ‘kitchen courtyard’ in English.

A father-son team of landscape architects redesigned the castle gardens in 1857, but it wasn’t until 1949 that the first flower exhibition was held. The exhibition, organized by the mayor of the town of Lisse and local flower bulb growers, was a great success and it turned into an annual event.

Nowadays the gardens are internationally renowned for its magnificent gardens of flowering bulbs and each spring it draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Amsterdam houses in tulips, Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Daffodils and tulips in Holland.

Colorful tulips in Keukenhof, Holland.

A spectacle of colors in Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Cheeses in the gardens of Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

A pond in Holland.

Yellow tulips, the Netherlands.

A colorful mix of flowers in Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Amazing colorful tulips and hyacinths in Holland.

Cherry blossoms and tulips in Keukenhof, Lisse.

Daffodils in the Keukenhof gardens, Holland.

Colorful Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Windmill and tulips in Keukenhof, Holland.

Hyacinths in the Netherlands.

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Tulips and daffodils in Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Amazing flowers in Keukenhof, the Netherlands.

Hyacinths in Keukenhof.

Gardens in Keukenhof, Netherlands.

Colorful tulips in Holland

Our visit to the gardens of Keukenhof was an unforgettable experience. Honestly and seriously. You could easily spend a full day there, especially if you want to thoroughly explore every flower exhibition, held in several pavilions.

I would also like to suggest going for a drive or rent a bicycle. The surrounding area consists of hundreds of fields of tulips, hyacinths and/or daffodils. It’s an amazing floral spectacle.

Extra information:

  • This year the gardens are open every day from March 20 to May 18, from 8am to 7.30pm.
  • Tickets for adults are 15 euros.
  • Keukenhof can be reached from Leiden Central with bus 854 and from Schiphol Airport with bus 858.

If you’d like to skip the line, you can buy Keukenhof tickets right here.

Visit the official Keukenhof website or Netherlands Tourism for more information!

You can find more of my photos in my travel photography portfolio.

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