Tulip

Keukenhof.

That’s the place to see spring blossom. The park is unique, world famous, and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for sixty years now. Haven’t seen Keukenhof? Then you haven’t seen the Netherlands.

You won’t find such an abundance of colours and fragrances anywhere else. More than seven million flowers form a glorious decor for the most beautiful photos.  Enjoy the ultimate spring feeling, the wonderful works of art, the surprising insipration gardens and the many flower shows.

It is time for spring, time to fall in love! At Keukenhof, the park with a royal appeal, you can experience the spring in all its glory: you can smell it, feel it, see it. Welcome to the most beautiful spring park in the world! More than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom. Fall in love with the spring and come to Keukenhof.

fact and figures

  • Has won prizes as Europe’s most valued attraction
  • Keukenhof is unique and famous throughout the world
  • It is one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands and has clocked up more than 44 million visitors in the last 60 years
  • It is the largest bulb flower park in the world
  • It covers an area of 32 hectares 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties
  • It is the most photographed place in the world
  • There are 15 kilometers of footpaths
  • It is the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands
  • The bulbs are supplied by 91 Royal Warrant Holders
  • 7 million flower bulbs planted by hand
  • More than 2,500 trees in 87 varieties
  • Walk of Fame with tulips named after famous people

Where Keukenhof is situated now, was a hunting area in the 15th century. Herbs for the kitchen of the castle of Jacoba van Beieren were also collected here; hence the name Keukenhof.

The current park was a section of the sizeable estate of Slot Teylingen, with beautiful untamed bushes and dunes. After the decease of Jacoba van Beieren Keukenhof fell into the hands of rich merchant families. Baron and baroness Van Pallandt invited landscape architects J.D. and L.P. Zocher, designers of the Amsterdam Vondelpark, to make a design for the garden around the castle. This design, in the English landscape style, has always been the basis of Keukenhof.

At the moment the estate belongs to a Foundation. On the initiative of the Lisse mayor of that time and a number of leading flower bulb growers and exporters, an open air flower exhibition was organised here for the first time in 1949. This expanded to an annually recurring event that has always drawn great numbers of visitors from all over the world. This is how Keukenhof became the park that we now know.

A historic park filled with blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs.

At Keukenhof you can gain inspiration and relax in the beautiful surroundings. The 32-hectare park has 15 kilometres of footpaths. Keukenhof has surprises in store for visitors of all ages.

Be sure to bring your camera along on this unique experience.  They provide organised guided tours in Dutch, English, Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

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