(#wanderlusttips #Keukenhof #tulipgarden) If you find yourself in The Netherlands, the country of windmills and tulips, make sure to visit Keukenhof Garden and immerse yourself in its stunning floral beauty.
What is Keukenhof?
Keukenhof is the second largest garden in the world and the largest in Europe. It is located 25km southwest of Amsterdam in a small town named Lisse. Keukenhof is the brainchild of Mr. WJH Lambooy who founded it in 1949 and later became Lisse’s mayor. Keukenhof only opens to visitors for two months every year during tulip season.
Be prepared to have your breath taken away this floral paradise spanning 32 hectares. Attend a shimmering flower exhibition or simply contemplate the flower garden’s beauty. Slip into a fairy tale world filled with unique floral art works and numerous wonderful events. Keukenhof is a children’s paradise. The little ones can delight in treasure hunts, petting farms or simply get lost in play on one of the green lawns and playgrounds. It will certainly make for a memorable family day out.
Keukenhof’s 2016 Flower Festival
This year Keukenhof’s flower festival is due to take place from March 24 to May 16. The slogan for 2016 is “The Golden Age” and celebrates the years of Netherland’s growing prosperity thanks to commercial activities across the world.
The highlight of Keukenhof 2016 is a flower street next to Oranje Nassau Pavilion. It will be covering Delft Blue Street where marine trade activities took place and worldly estates line the canals connecting the town to Amsterdam. The flower street covers an area of 250 m2 with more than 100,000 flowers including tulips, muscari and lilies. It will be a new feature of the Flower Festival in 2016.
- Keukenhof is situated in Lisse Town, 25km southwest of Amsterdam. Travelling there by car is the most simple and convenient way from Amsterdam. However using public transport will cut costs and save finding a parking space.
- During the opening ceremony, traffic around Keukenhof can get difficult to navigate. It is best to park in Zandvoort, Noordwijk or Leiden and cycle from there to Keukenhof along tulip fields, all the while enjoying the unique landscape of the Netherlands.
- The best time to visit the garden is in the middle of April – when the flowers are in full bloom and at their most beautiful. If you have enough time, you can enjoy the landscape at your leisure by hiring a bicycle right at the garden entrance at about 10 Euros including a detailed map. Or you can stroll through the immense colourful flower field on foot to Keukenhof’s opposite entrance.
- To buy tickets online or get more information on means of transport, hotels and festival events please visit the official website: www.keukenhof.nl
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