Sunday, January 22, 2012

Keukenhof, the Garden of Europe

Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is situated near Lisse here in the Netherlands, and is the world's largest flower garden. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7,000,000 (seven million) flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.

It is located in the small town of Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. It is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schipol. It is located in an area called the "Dune and Bulb Region". In full bloom on a sunny day Keukenhof is quite breathtaking, the colours and variety of tulips make for some beautiful photos, some of which you'll find below.

Mum & Dad's visit May 2008

Keukenhof is open annually from the last week in March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.  If you plan to visit the Netherlands try and make it around this time of year and make sure you visit Keukenhof.
Sally & Phil's visit May 2010

Susy's Mum's visit April 2011