Few places in the world embody the beauty of spring as well as the Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands. Located in Lisse, about 30 minutes by rail from Amsterdam, this massive garden hosts one of Europe’s largest spring flower displays.
For about eight weeks in the spring, the Keukenhof’s fields erupt with brilliant reds, yellows, purples, and pinks, as more than seven million flower bulbs come into bloom! The theme for 2017 is “Dutch Design.”
Opened in 1949, the Keukenhof is situated on a former 15th-century hunting ground. The area also provided kitchen herbs for local nobility, hence the name, which translates to “kitchen garden.” The Dutch have a long association with spring flower bulbs and tulips in particular. These flowers, native to Persia and Turkey, were imported en masse to Holland in the 16th century. At one point, they were more valuable than gold.
For 2017, the Keukenhof gardens will be open to the public from March 23 until May 21. Tickets are 16 euros for adults and 8 euros for children ages 4-11. Parking is 6 euros per vehicle. Guides to the gardens area available for 5 euros.
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Address: 2160 AB, Stationsweg 166, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
Phone: +31 252 465 555