Blooming Beauty: Keukenhof, the Garden of Europe

Keukenhof, often called the "Garden of Europe," is the world's biggest flower garden, covering over 79 acres. It's a place with a rich history dating back to the 15th century when it started as a hunting ground and later became a kitchen garden for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut. That's why it's named "Keukenhof," which means "Kitchen Garden" in Dutch.

Different types and colored tulips.

When you enter Keukenhof, you're greeted by a burst of colors. Fields of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring flowers stretch out before you in shades of pink, purple, yellow, and red. It feels like nature is celebrating the arrival of spring in its finest attire.

Beautiful colored designs of different flowers

Stunning white and yellow colored tulips.

Keukenhof describes itself as the most beautiful spring garden in the world, and upon your visit, you immediately understand that this is no exaggeration. The gardens of Keukenhof are so stunning that they surpass every expectation.

Beautiful mixture of different colored tulips and different types.

Though Keukenhof has a wide variety of flowers, it's most famous for its tulips. There are over 800 types of tulips to admire, from classic single-colored ones to unique multicolored varieties. Every year, Keukenhof picks a different theme for its flower displays and events, adding more excitement and creativity to the garden.

Beautiful yellow and red tulips.

Keukenhof not only offers a feast for the eyes but also provides educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. Throughout the garden, you'll find informative displays and demonstrations about the cultivation and care of various flowers. Interactive workshops and guided tours are also available, allowing guests to learn more about the fascinating world of horticulture and the art of flower arrangement. This emphasis on education adds depth to the visitor experience, making Keukenhof not just a beautiful destination but also a place of learning and discovery.

White and yellow Daffodils and trees in the background.

Despite its fame, Keukenhof is only open to the public for a short time each year, usually from mid-March to mid-May, during the peak of the spring bloom. This short season ensures visitors experience the garden at its most vibrant. It's a must-visit spot for tourists exploring the Netherlands in springtime. However, this does mean that it can be very crowded during your visit, but Keukenhof is so beautiful and unique that it's worth it. 

Pink tulips in the front and more colors in the background

Walking path with beautiful colored flowers on each side of the path

Keukenhof features a charming souvenir shop where visitors can purchase a wide array of floral-themed gifts and memorabilia to commemorate their visit. From delicate porcelain tulips to intricately designed flower-themed jewelry, there's something for every taste and budget. Additionally, the shop offers a selection of bulbs and seeds, allowing green-thumbed enthusiasts to bring a piece of Keukenhof's beauty home with them to cultivate in their own gardens.

Red, yellow and pink tulips at Keukenhof

Location; Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, the Netherlands.

Website: Keukenhof

Jurgen Huibers
Jurgen Huibers

We're a family of five from the picturesque scenery of Belgium. Come along with us as we share stories from our journeys so far. And if you're curious about any of the places we've visited, don't hesitate to ask. Your dream European getaway is within reach, and we're here to make it extraordinary!

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