Keukenhof Gardens: The Ultimate Spring Destination

It’s been a long, long winter (at least over here in New England), but now spring is finally peeking around the corner. Although I’ll have to wait a few weeks before the first spring flowers start poking their heads out of the ground, spring is already in full swing in northwestern Europe.

The ultimate spring destination – possibly on the entire planet – is the Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands. This magnificent park is the world’s second-largest flower garden, home to more than seven million bulbs in bloom and no less than 800 tulip varieties.

15 Flowerful Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland

There are 32 hectares of flower gardens, as well as spectacularly colorful flower shows, creative inspirational gardens, works of art and fascinating events.

Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Peaceful Spring Garden
Peaceful Spring Garden
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Spring Flowers
Spring Flowers

This year, the park’s theme is ‘van Gogh’. The flower shows are inspired by the works of the world-famous Dutch artist, while a magnificent flower bulb mosaic of Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait is the absolute highlight of the park.

Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: River of Flowers
River of Flowers
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Yellow and Red Tulips
Yellow and Red Tulips
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Pond
Pond in Keukenhof Gardens

It’s a fabulous place to visit in spring – truly unique in the world and quintessentially Dutch. The Keukenhof Gardens in Holland are open to the public from March 20 until May 17. It’s open every day between 8.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Pink Tulips
Pink Tulips
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Spring Gardens
Spring Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Windmill
Windmill

Admission is € 16 for adults and € 8 for children between 4 and 11 years old. Kids than are younger than 4 can enter for free. Parking costs € 6; a guide of the park, which is definitely helpful to get around, costs € 5.

Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Colorful Hyacinths
Colorful Hyacinths
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Rows of Tulips
Rows of Tulips
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Tulip Fields, the Netherlands
Tulip Fields, the Netherlands

The nearest large city is Leiden, well-known for its canals, architecture and centuries-old university. There’s plenty of accommodation available in the city. Transportation between Leiden and Keukenhof runs smoothly as well.

Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Colorful Spring Flowers
Colorful Spring Flowers
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Hyacinths
Hyacinths
Keukenhof Gardens Pictures, Holland: Rows of Tulips and Hyacinths
Rows of Tulips and Hyacinths

Also make sure to go for a drive or bike ride around the surrounding countryside, a patchwork of gorgeous tulip, hyacinth, daffodil and crocus fields in all colors imaginable. You may also want to visit Kinderdijk and its beautiful windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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    Nadia Glasner

    Absolutely beautiful! Your one lucky guy to have the life style you have. 🙂

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    Jan

    Just a few more weeks and the Keukenhof is at it’s best (mid April)! Go Keukenhof: http://www.netherlands-tourism.com/keukenhof-the-garden-of-europe/

    Cheers!

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