Keukenhof Garden is also known as Garden of Europe. It is known to be the world’s largest flower garden for the past fifty years. Keukenhof is located in South Holland between the towns of Hillegom and Lisse. According to the official website of Keukenhof Park, seven million flower bulbs are being planted annually in the park.
The garden was established in 1949 by the mayor. It is open annually from the last week of March till the mid month of May. If you’re a tulip lover, the best time to view these tulips is around the mid month of April. Keukenhof opens from 8:00am to 7:30pm. Keukenhof is known to be one of the most photographed sites in the world so make sure to bring your film and bring extra batteries for your digital camera.
You can either drive yourself or take a train ride from Amsterdam. Netherlands Railways sells special Keukenhof tickets that will take you from Leiden Central Station to Keukenhof Garden which takes around 20 minutes via bus. You can also check the Amsterdam Tourist Office because they offer and sell both tickets and excursions to Keukenhof.
Keukenhof is over 70 acres and surrounded by many different kinds of flowers. At one end of the garden you can see a large windmill. They have numerous greenhouses as well. Tulips are not the only spring flowers that bloom in Keukenhof garden. You will see daffodils, narcissi’s and hyacinths growing everywhere. If you’re hungry and tired, they have several cafes and snack bars inside so you can sit and watch the other fantastic flowers around.
Keukenhof Garden even sells out different samplers of different tulips that you can purchase and try growing in your hometown or country.