Photo of the entrance to Keukenhof Gardens


Note: Keukenhof is only open from Mid-March to Mid-May every year.

Keukenhof, often referred to as the Garden of Europe, is one of the largest flower gardens in the world, located in Lisse, Netherlands. This 32-hectare park is celebrated for its breathtaking displays of bulbs, primarily tulips, which are in vibrant bloom every spring. The garden was established in 1949 by the mayor of Lisse with the aim of presenting a flower exhibit where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could show off their hybrids – and it has been a resounding success ever since. Each year, Keukenhof is open for about eight weeks and during this period, it attracts over a million visitors from all corners of the globe, eager to witness this spectacular array of color and beauty.

The park's design is a masterpiece of landscaping, featuring themed gardens, inspirational gardens, and beautifully decorated pavilions. For example, the Japanese Garden offers a tranquil retreat with its carefully placed elements promoting Zen and reflection, while the Historical Garden encloses a fascinating display of tulips that date back to the 17th century. Keukenhof isn’t just about tulips; it also showcases an array of other flowers such as hyacinths, daffodils, and lilies. Each year, the garden adopts a new theme that influences the design and flower arrangements. This thematic approach not only keeps the annual floral displays fresh and interesting but also ensures that repeat visitors always have something new to discover.

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