Stroll the Glorious Tulip Gardens of the Netherlands

Flower field, Haarlem | NBTC
Flower field, Haarlem | NBTC

Stroll the Glorious Tulip Gardens of the Netherlands!

Easily the best Virtual Experience so far... 

 
With the tulip season in the Netherlands in full bloom (March - May) and nobody to see them, the owners of the Keukenhof Gardens have decided to bring the beautiful flowers to us at home! 
 
They've filmed a series of videos that will educate, inspire and dazzle you with the rainbow of colours that the Netherlands is famous for. Read on for more information about the Keukenhof, its history, and of course, incredible flower exhibits that will make you want to explore.
 
Keukenhof gardens flower arrangement |  <i>Brad Atwal</i>

What is Keukenhof?

 
Keukenhof is a Dutch word meaning 'kitchen garden'. It is one of the world's largest flower gardens and is known as the Garden of Europe. It is situated in Lisse, the Netherlands. There are over 7 million bulbs that bloom every spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. A unique, unforgettable experience!
 
Cycle to the Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i>
 

Keukhenhof Virtual Tours

 
 
So many colours!
 
 
 
Gardener Owen shows off the beautiful hyacinths.
 
 
For the whole YouTube playlist of Keukenhof videos, click here.
 

The History of Keukenhof

 
As told by their official website...
 
The history of Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren [Jacqueline of Bavaria] (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegetables from the Keukenduin [kitchen dunes] for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate grew to encompass an area of over 200 hectares.

Landscape architects Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who also designed Amsterdam's Vondelpark, redesigned the castle gardens in 1857. That park, in the English landscape style, still constitutes the basis of Keukenhof.

In 1949 a group of 20 leading flower bulb growers and exporters came up with the plan to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs, signaling the birth of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park opened its gates to the public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. 2020 will be the 71th edition of Keukenhof, with A World Of Colours as its theme. During the past 70 years Keukenhof has developed into a world-famous attraction.
 
Flower Auction Aalsmeer |  <i>NBTC</i>

Walking & Cycling Tours of the Netherlands

 
View all of our affordable walking, cycling and boat based tours in the Netherlands by clicking here.
 
Have you experienced the joy of a tulip garden in the Netherlands? Tell us what it was like in the comment section below!
 
  
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