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
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.
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.
- 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.