Welcome to the world’s largest flower garden – Keukenhof! Located in South Holland, in the small town of Lisse, this amazingly lush garden attracts millions of visitors from all over the world each and every year. When visiting, be sure to dedicate an entire day for touring as it lays across 79 acres (32 hectares) and has over 9 miles of foot path (15 kilometers) – Joost and I were there for 5 hours and weren’t able to see everything. Annually, the ‘green thumbs’ of Keukenhof plant over 7 million bulbs – making sure to update displays and layouts to bring a new look to the garden. Keep in mind, Keukenhof is only open from March 21 – May 20 (same with the tulip fields – any earlier, they won’t be in bloom; any later, they’ll already be harvested).
At first glance, you might think this place is only for the ladies (and flower enthusiasts), but you couldn’t be more wrong. Keukenhof is a wonderful place for all ages, male and female. In the midst of the millions of flowers, you’re also able to rent bikes, take a boat tour, fly over the tulip fields (yes, in an airplane), endulge in Dutch sweets (homemade stroopwafels, pies, pancakes, waffles – the list is endless) and cuisine, play games, visit the animals in the petting zoo, picnic, attend a parade (Bob the Builder will be in town later this month), relax, enjoy nature and so much more. Year after year, Keukenhof does an outstanding job making this one of the most beautiful and family/pet friendly places to visit in the world. Already looking forward to visiting again in 2014!
Until next time – tot ziens!
XX – Whitney