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Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is a famous flower garden located in Lisse, Netherlands. It is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful spring gardens in the world and is a major tourist attraction in Holland. Keukenhof is situated in the heart of the Dutch flower-growing region, known as the "Bollenstreek" or the Bulb Region.
Keukenhof was established in 1949 as an exhibition ground for flower growers to showcase their hybrids and varieties of tulips. It was named "Keukenhof" because it used to be a part of the hunting grounds of Teylingen Castle, where the Countess of Hainaut had a kitchen garden ("keuken" in Dutch) centuries ago.
Keukenhof Garden is open to the public only during the spring season, typically from late March to mid-May. The opening dates may vary slightly each year, depending on when the flowers are in full bloom.
Keukenhof is renowned for its stunning floral displays, featuring millions of flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, and many other spring flowers. The garden covers an area of approximately 79 acres (32 hectares) and showcases a wide variety of colors, shapes, and fragrances.
Keukenhof features several pavilions and exhibitions that offer unique experiences to visitors. These include the Oranje Nassau Pavilion, where you can find a display of orchids; the Willem-Alexander Pavilion, showcasing lilies; the Beatrix Pavilion, focusing on tropical plants; and the Juliana Pavilion, featuring various flower shows.
Throughout the garden, you'll find numerous sculptures and art installations that add an artistic touch to the natural beauty. These artworks are carefully placed to complement the flower displays and create a harmonious environment.
Keukenhof offers various activities and events to enhance visitors' experience. These include guided tours, boat trips in the nearby flower fields, flower arranging demonstrations, and a flower parade held in the nearby town of Noordwijk.
Keukenhof is not only a tourist destination but also an important platform for the Dutch flower industry. It serves as a showcase for flower growers, exporters, and breeders, allowing them to display their latest varieties and connect with international buyers and enthusiasts.
Keukenhof is easily accessible from Amsterdam and other major cities in the Netherlands. Bus tours and public transportation options are available, and there is ample parking for those traveling by car.
Visiting Keukenhof Garden offers a delightful experience for flower lovers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone seeking the beauty of spring in full bloom. The vibrant colors, captivating fragrances, and meticulously designed landscapes make it a must-visit destination for those traveling to Holland during the spring season.
(Image:By Luu, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
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