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The Tulips of The Netherlands

Walk between the flora and fauna of the iconic Tulips in the low lands

5/5 stars because:
Most iconic feature of The Netherlands
Insane amount of colors and flower differences
Lovely smells the full day long
Keukenhof; the largest flower park of the World
Only available in The Netherlands

Keukenhof is a world-famous flower garden located in Lisse, Netherlands. It is one of the largest flower gardens in the world, covering an area of 32 hectares. The garden is open to the public for only eight weeks every year, usually from late March to mid-May. During this time, millions of visitors from around the world come to see the spectacular display of tulips and other flowers in bloom.

Important to note nowadays is that The Netherlands became known for these iconic tulips. They have been cultivated in the country since the 16th century and became a very important Dutch cultural symbol ever since the Golden Age of the Netherlands in the 17th century. Today, the Netherlands is the largest producer and exporter of tulips in the world, with over three billion tulip bulbs produced annually.

Keukenhof is not just a place to see flowers, but also a place to learn about the history and cultivation of tulips. The garden has a museum that showcases the history of tulips in the Netherlands, as well as a tulip show where visitors can see the latest varieties of tulips and other flowers.

Overall, Keukenhof is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves flowers and wants to experience the beauty of the Netherlands in springtime.

Which flowers to find?

At Keukenhof, visitors can see over seven million flower bulbs in bloom, including around 800 varieties of tulips. The garden is meticulously designed with winding paths, water features, and themed gardens, creating a stunning backdrop for the colorful flowers. In addition to the tulips, visitors can also see daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, and roses.

What I propose around the area of the Keukenhof:

When visiting the tulips of the Netherlands during this March-May timeframe, there is a lot more to explore in the area. Especially in this area! The Netherlands is small so don’t worry about long travel distances. During your stay in and around the Keukenhof, I propose you do the following additionally:

  1. Explore the surrounding Dutch countryside: The area around Keukenhof is known for its scenic countryside, which is dotted with windmills, canals, and small towns. You can rent a bike and explore the area on two wheels, or take a boat tour along the canals.
  2. Visit the flower auction in Aalsmeer: Aalsmeer is home to the largest flower auction in the world, where millions of flowers and plants are traded every day. You can take a guided tour of the auction and see how the flowers are bought and sold.
  3. Visit the city of Haarlem: Haarlem is a beautiful Dutch city located about 15 kilometers from Keukenhof. The city is known for its historic architecture, museums, and charming streets lined with cafes and shops.
  4. Visit the beach: The Dutch coastline is just a short drive from Keukenhof, and there are several beaches to choose from. Some popular options include Zandvoort, Noordwijk, and Katwijk.
  5. Take a day trip to Amsterdam: Amsterdam is a vibrant and exciting city with plenty to see and do. From Keukenhof, it’s only about a 30-minute drive to the city. Taking the train or bus is also a convenient option. Once in Amsterdam, you can visit museums, take a canal tour, or simply wander the streets and enjoy the atmosphere. Article about Amsterdam coming in the future!
Tulips in The Netherlands

Photo Gallery and website

Check out their website here!

As said, they’re only open during a specific timeframe of the year, so check their precise dates, prices, and opening times through the website.


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