Keukenhof, Amsterdam - the Garden of Europe
If you are looking to book your flights to Amsterdam, make sure you are in time for the famous Keukenhof, which only opens for 2 months every year. Known to be the world’s largest garden, you can expect millions of tourists from all around the world to visit the Keukenhof yearly. It is located in South Holland 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 Schiphol. The admission including bus transfers cost about 22.50 euros per person.
Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares. The park is opened from mid- March to mid- May but, the best time to view the tulips is in mid- April. You will discover a different world when you enter the park. It is filled with countless statues, wells, artificial lakes and sailable rivers; Keukenhof is a true fairytale realm, where the beauty of the colors and the mixed fragrances take you away to a different place.
Besides tulips, there are many other flowers that you can find such as hyacinths, orchids, azaleas, narcissus and dozens of other species of flowers spread over seven theme-gardens, including Mediterranean, Japanese and traditional.
If you are passionate about flowers and gardening, Keukenhof is a perfect destination for you. Aside from admiring the endless array of beautiful tulips, you can buy all sorts of tulip seeds, flower books or encyclopedias, and get the best gardening tips from Dutch experts. If you are the least interested in those, there are charming bars in the park, where you can enjoy a drink or two with a picturesque landscape of colourful tulips. There are perfect spots in the park for picnics too.Winding down with a glass of wine, cheese and crackers in the spring breeze sounds like a perfect day out. There are also benches made of hay that you can sit on to enjoy a good time. We all know that Amsterdam is famous for many things such as windmills, cheese and legalized prostitution but, your trip would be incomplete without a visit to Keukenhof. It happens once a year and you really do not want to give it a miss!
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