Spring has officially sprung, meaning the time of flowers, sunshine and apéros on terraces has once again come. Just like a lot of animals out there, we humans tend to go into some kind of hibernation during the coldest and darkest months of the year. We stay inside, opt for food rich in calories and snuggle up close to each other. Yet now that days are getting longer, now that nature shows clear signs of life and now that temperatures are on the rise, we’re keen once again to explore the world. And what better way to kick off the travel season than to visit one of the biggest flower events out there?
Those of you who are into flowers and everything related to them, will probably already know what we’re talking about. And if you don’t, it’s about time you went and discovered the one-of-a-kind event for yourself. Of course, we’re talking about the famous Keukenhof gardens, the place to be if you’re into tulips and flowers of all kinds.
Going to Den Haag, Amsterdam or Leiden soon? Make sure to plan a visit to Keukenhof while you’re at it. And even if you don’t need to be anywhere close to Lisse – the small Dutch town in which the gardens are located – we can’t but recommend at least a daytrip to Keukenhof.
Endless flower fields
What’s all the fuss about, you ask? Well, Keukenhof is a domain covering 32 hectares, all nestled around what is now known as Castle Keukenhof, an estate dating back to the seventeenth century. Every single autumn, a team consisting of around forty gardeners plant approximately seven million (yes, you read that right) bulbs in the garden, in order for the public to enjoy one of the most spectacular flower events in the world during springtime.
And now, just like every year, Keukenhof has opened its doors. Until May 15 you can visit the grounds and see for yourself what magnificent beauty nature can produce – given a bit of help from men in this case. Of course, as we’re in The Netherlands, the number of tulips is uncountable but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also see irises, lilies, daffodils, orchids and hyacinths (over 800 varieties in total), resulting in a flow-painted image which almost seems too good to be true.
Be aware of the fact that you almost certainly won’t be alone while visiting Keukenhof: about 26.000 visitors a day come to see all the flower power on show. If that doesn’t bother you, tickets can be bought in advance online.
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