How can we not talk about flowers during the birthday week of our flower child Camila, which coincides exactly with the month of the Keukenhof Garden opening?! So, here is a colorful, happy, delicate, and full of tulips post. A sea of tulips of every color you can imagine.
Every year, seven million bulbs are planted in Lisse, in flower beds of the Keukenhof Park, in Holland, just 30 kilometers from Amsterdam. 800 types of tulips are sowed to welcome spring in the most spectacular park in the world, known as the “Garden of Europe”. You can’t even imagine that there are so many varieties, right?
The park has been around for almost 70 years and its history is very peculiar. The property where today the tulips are the stars was formerly the castle of a Countess. Where the flowers bloom today was once vegetable gardens, give the name “Keukenhof” which means “garden of the kitchen.” However, in 1949, a group of floricultores decided to make a different project on site. The success was so great that since then, every year, the park opens its doors to receive an avalanche of visitors. This year the show starts March 23rd and runs until May 21st.
To visit the park, it is ideal to stay at least two days in Lisse. The town itself does not offer anything special, however, the park and the tulip flowerbeds are a must see. Buy your tickets in advance online to expedite the entry. Leaves a morning or afternoon devoted entirely to the Keukenhof Park and the rest of your time, explore by car or bike through fields of tulips. It is divine!
There are no really great luxurious hotels in this small town. I recommend the De Duif for being well located, has large rooms and great breakfast. However, don’t expect too much, after all, the celebrities of the place are them, the tulips! These yes, will brighten your soul, I guarantee it!
If Europe is in your agenda during spring, be sure to visit this magical place that is about to open its doors for the 2017 season. It is so beautiful!!!
XoXo and until next Tuesday!