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This garden has more than 7 million bulbs in bloom with a total of 800 varieties of tulips which provide an unforgettable experience for visitors in spring

Ian Harvey

The largest and most colorful garden in the World, Keukenhof is located in Lisse in the Netherlands. Known as ‘the Garden of Europe,’ Keukenhof has more than 7 million bulbs in bloom, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips.

An unforgettable experience is provided by visiting this place, especially in spring.

Besides the colorful flowers, the Keukenhof Garden has a petting farm, a maze and a playground for children. This makes the garden a great place to spend quality time with family and friends and to just enjoy the living rainbow at their feet.

Visitors can also explore the surrounding area with its fields of flowers by hiring a bike or taking a boat cruise to fully enjoy the beauty around them.

Tulips at the Keukenhof in 2009. Photo Credit


Kuekenhoff. Photo Credit

Keukenhof has a variety of different gardens and garden styles. However, it doesn’t have long fields of tulips as many visitors expect to see. There are privately owned tulip fields and visiting them is not included in the garden’s entrance ticket.

The garden is placed on 15th-century hunting grounds and there’s an interesting story behind its name. Keukehnof’s ground was a source of herbs in the past and served to provide them for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut’s castle’s kitchen. From here comes the name ‘Keukenhof’ meaning ‘Kitchen garden’.


Keukenhof Gardens near Lisse, Netherlands. Photo by Chuck Szmurlo took April 28, 2007, with a Nikon D200 and a Nikon 28-70 f2.8 lens. Photo Credit


Keukenhof 22.04.2014. Photo Credit


Covered Well at Keukenhof. Photo Credit


Tulips at Keukenhof. Photo Credit


Winter House in Keukenhof. Photo Credit

The garden was established in 1949, by then-mayor of Lisse. The idea was to present the largest and most colorful garden filled with flowers grown from all over the Netherlands and Europe. This garden also helped the Dutch export industry, making the Netherlands the world’s largest exporter of flowers today.

The grounds of the Keukenhof’s Castle are open all year long. They’re mostly used for festivals, such as Castle-fest, Christmas Fair and the Ladies Winter night. However, the garden is only open in spring. The best time to see the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.

Castle Keukenhof. Photo Credit

This year, Keukenhof Gardens are open from 23rd March to 21st May, every day starting from 08:00 am – 07:30 pm.

Read another story from us: That time when the fountains at the Gardens of Versailles consumed more water per day than the entire city of Paris

During the spring season, the gardens will be a host of special activities, shows, and performances, especially on weekends and public holidays.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News