Top 500 places to visit before you die (P.8) Keukenhof: The Garden of Europe


( Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world's largest flower gardens, situated in the municipality of Lisse, in the Netherlands.

According to the official website, Keukenhof Park covers an area of 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the gardens annually. Keukenhof is widely known for its tulips, and it also features numerous other flowers, including hyacinths, daffodils, lilies, roses, carnations, and irises.


Each autumn, 40 gardeners plant the 7 million bulbs, donated to the park by over 100 growers. Planting starts in early October and is usually completed by 5 December, around Sinterklaas. The flowerbeds are synchronized to the different bulb flowerings to ensure blooms throughout the duration of the park's 8-week opening. To ensure continuous bloom, three bulbs are planted in each location. The shallowest bulb will bloom first for three weeks, followed by the subsequent layers.


In addition to the tulip gardens, Keukenhof features a variety of other gardens. The English landscape garden features winding paths and surprise see-through vistas. The walled area of the historical features archival varieties. In the Nature Garden, shrubs and perennials are combined with bulb plants. The Japanese Country Garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment. Four pavilions house rotating displays and flower exhibits.


Every year the flower park is dedicated to a specific theme. The inspiration gardens, events and artworks are adjusted accordingly. Keukenhof has chosen not to focus on one theme in 2023 but to work with multiple themes. The flower shows and inspiration gardens will thus become even more varied.


From the 10 miles (15 km) hiking trails of Keukenhof you will have a spectacular view of the flower gardens. During your walk you will see unique, weekly changing flower shows, beautiful ponds and various pavilions with various restaurants and terraces. It is your chance to make the most beautiful selfie and flowers photos.  In addition to the huge flower garden, the flower park is also the largest statue garden of the Netherlands.


Keukenhof is also very nice for children. They can enjoy the treasure hunt, the petting zoo, the maze and the playground. For the little ones, there is also a Miffy playground. A visit to the flower park is a nice day out for the whole family.

Though its grounds are open year-round for private affairs and festivals, Keukenhof is only open to the general public for a world-renowned 8-week tulip display from mid-March to mid-May, with peak viewing arriving near mid-April, depending on growing season weather, which varies annually. In 2019, 1.5 million people visited Keukenhof, equivalent to 26,000 visitors per day.

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