Keukenhof: With Eurolines to the most beautiful garden
Come with us to Keukenhof, the largest flower park in the world! Millions of tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, lilies and other unique flowers will bloom from March 23rd to May 21st, 2017. Enjoy a trip on a board of luxury coaches Eurolines, which will take you to Keukenhof. From April 1st, you can travel to the garden 3 times a week for just 1900 CZK - return PROMO ticket!
Millions of plants create artworks on the area of thirty-two acres - all of these can be found in the Dutch Keukenhof, whose gardens will be opened from March 23rd, 2017! Keukenhof is like a paradise for those who love flowers and of course for people who are enthusiastic gardeners. But you don't have to be gardener to enjoy trip like this. Keukenhof is also great destination for those who like to travel. Opening of the gardens is the biggest event of the year and not only for the Netherlands, where a gigantic park takes place, but also for the whole of Europe. How to get to Keukenhof from the Czech Republic? This trip can be very comfortable if you travel with the bus company Eurolines that will take you there three times a week. And another advantage is that you can get off the bus just in front of the gate to the gardens, which is also very close to the city of Lisse (about thirty kilometers away from Amsterdam).
Keukenhof: Gardeners or artists?
In Keukenhof you can find all kids of flowers but the most important are tulips, which became symbols of Keukenhof. You can admire over four and a half million tulips in Keukenhof every year. And who does take care of all of these beautiful flowers? It might sound unreal but only 27 gardeners work in gardens of Keukenhof but they are unbelievably good. "To make the flowers last longer than just few days or weeks, as it is usual for them, gardeners in Keukenhof use a special planting method which helps flowers and plants to bloom more than two months. Bulbs are planted into the ground in three layers according to their time of blooming. As soon as one flower stop blooming there is prepared new one to replace it,” shares his knowledge one of the gardener.
Our secret tip: The best time to visit Keukenhof is the last week of April because you can be sure the weather will be nice and the tulips will be everywhere - gardens of flowers in Keukenhof are simply stunning from April 22nd to April 30th.
Flowers, exhibitions, biking and romantic boating
If you are getting ready to travel to the park that looks like from fairy tale, make sure you have your walking shoes on. You will definitely need them. There are several walking trails (15 km long) where you can admire the portraits of famous people created from tulips or cars made of hyacinths…
Old trees together with canals and lakes became inspiration of famous artists. Many painters and sculptors regularly hosts exhibitions in this place.
If walking is not really your thing, then we recommend you to rent a bicycle or enjoy a trip on a boat. Whether you decide, you should take a look to the mill, which people love because of the romantic atmosphere. Around twenty people can comfortably fit into the boats powered by an environmentally friendly electric motor. Local gardeners use these kinds of boats for different types of work. You can enjoy 45-minutes long voyage from the mill of Keukenhof to the romantic surroundings.
Keukenhof in numbers
- It is one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands and has clocked up more than 50 million visitors in the last 60 years
- It is the largest bulb flower park in the world
- It covers an area of 32 hectares 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties
- It is the most photographed place in the world
- There are 15 kilometers of footpaths
- 7 million flower bulbs planted by hand
- More than 2,500 trees in 87 varieties
Did you know?
The history of the park is much more romantic than it might seem. Keukenhof was originally the herb garden situated in middle of the hunting area of the Countess Dutch Jacoba van Beieren ("Keuken" means kitchen in Dutch). In 1840, landscape architects, father and son from the family of the Zochers and designers of the Amsterdam Vondelpark, received the invitation to make a design for the garden around the castle. This design, in the English landscape style, has always been the basis of Keukenhof. The park was first opened to the public in 1950.
Dutch design and the Keukenhof
The main motto of this year's events in the Keukenhof will be the Dutch design. The master piece of art will be a flower mosaic on the area of 250 m2 and with the contribution of 100,000 bulbs of tulips, hyacinths, crocus and others.
In the park, especially in the pavilions the current trends in gardening can inspire you. And what will they be? You will learn how to creatively plant vegetable garden, tulip garden, exotic (here called Golden Age) garden, blue (Delft) garden, a romantic garden, or perhaps vintage garden! The most famous Dutch TV gardener Rob Verlinden, who will be handing out his advice about gardening, will be one of the guides who will take you to the journey.
Tulipomania in Keukenhof
Highlight of Keukenhof are tulips. Visit a solo exhibition to learn secret stories about these formerly very rare flowers whose bulbs were weighed in gold, stories about famous theft of tulips and a mysterious black tulip. Exhibition Tulipomania takes place at Julian pavilion.
Demonstrations of flower arranging
The most famous arrangers of flowers will organize workshops every day in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion and you can learn how to create simple bouquets and grandiose arrangements.
Keukenhof for children
Naturally designated playground is prepared for little visitors. Kids can go hug animals and especially young animals from the farm, look for the treasure, explore hidden tiny houses, go through a maze or have a pancake and poffertjes - the Dutch specialties. And besides that, they have the opportunity to learn many interesting things about flowers from many forms of quiz, games and competitions.
Public events in Keukenhof 2017:
25. - 26. 3. 2017: Keukenhof Music
31. 3. - 2. 4. 2017: Holland Heritage Weekend
7. - 9. 4. 2017: Keukenhof Flowermarket
14. - 17. 4. 2017: Fun for Kids
22. 4. 2017: Flower Parade
24. - 30. 4. 2017: Keukenhof Dutch Design Week
6. - 7. 5. 2017: Food & Flower Festival
13. - 14. 5. 2017: Romance at Keukenhof
20. - 21. 5. 2017: Flowers and Fashion Festival
If you want to admire flowers, you should definitely visit the flower shows that take place at different locations in Keukenhof.
Oranje Nassau Pavillion will held weekly creations of flowers (from tulip, freesia, gerber, roses, chrysanthemums, calla …)
Willem-Alexander Pavillion will become a home of more than 75,000 tulips of more than 600 kinds. If you would like to see the largest lily in Europe, you should visit Willem-Alexander Pavillion.
Beatrix Pavillion will be transformed into the unique presentation of orchids and bromeliads.
Keukenhof - practical information
Open: From March 23rd to May 21st, 2017, daily from 8:00 to 19:30
Admission: Adults 16 €; children 0 - 3 free, children 4 - 11 8 €, group (20-200 people) 13.5 €
Official website: www.keukenhof.nl, where you can buy tickets on-line
Address: Stationsweg 166a, Lisse
Photo: © Visit Keukenhof