Located in southwest Holland and just a 40-minute drive from Amsterdam, Keukenhof Gardens, otherwise known as the ‘Garden of Europe’, is the worlds largest garden of flowers. It has been ‘wow’ing the world since 1949, being originally exhibited by the mayor of Lisse – the town in which it is situated.
On just the second year that the gardens opened, 236,000 people went to visit – we’d say that’s a blooming good statistic!
Keukenhof is said to have around seven million bulbs which include 800 varieties of tulip and cover 79 acres. Around 30 workers begin planting the bulbs in Autumn, just after the harvest, taking them around three months, continuing to nurture the flowers until the end of the exhibition in May – when they prepare to start from the beginning again.
We all know that Tulips are a beautiful flower… But did you know that there was such a thing as ‘Tulip Mania’? Between the years of 1634 and 1637, just one tulip would sell at a price equivalent to the cost of a canal house in Amsterdam!
Year in year out, Keukenhof’s display amazes millions of garden fanatics, so it’s no surprise that an estimated 50 million people have visited since it made its debut – with 75% of those travelling from overseas. There are competitions, themes and Flower Shows galore, and the best part is, each flower is marked up with the name of the person who planted it – so if you love a particular kind, you can easily find out just where to buy it!
With this in mind, we’re sure you want to visit the spectacular Dutch setting just as much as we do! Well, we can take you there. Whether you’re looking for a river cruise or a holiday by rail, we have the spring break for you!