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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.