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Keukenhof: where to walk among millions of tulips

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In spring, one of the most beautiful flowers is the tulip and when we think of this flower it inevitably comes to mind Holland. Just half an hour from Amsterdam there is a place where we can walk among millions of tulips. Do you accompany us to discover Keukenhof?

The Keukenhof gardens They are located in the town of Lisse and are famous for their extension and beauty: 32 hectares that house seven million bulbs of planted tulips. However, the beauty and color of this park are as ephemeral as the duration of flowering tulips: it is only open from mid-March to mid-May.

Despite being close to Amsterdam, we arrived at Keukenhof from Antwerp, where we were visiting the family. From Antwerp to Keukenhof it took less than two hours by car and we were able to park in the extensive parking for visitors.

Keukenhof It is a very popular attraction, which attracts more than one million tourists every year. In its origin, however, it was very exclusive, since it was the gardens of Countess Jacqueline de Babaría who, in the fifteenth century, in addition to flowers, planted aromatic herbs there. Hence the name Keukenhof: «kitchen garden». However, the magnitude of the current park dates back to 1949 when a group of bulb exporters gathered and used the farm to plant and permanently expose the tulips they produced. The doors of the exhibition opened the following year and became a resounding success. Since then every spring is a must for many visitors.

Keukenhof is presented as a kind of amusement park focused on tulips and bulbous flowers. A place where everything is arranged for the visual and olfactory delight of visitors. It is full of beautiful places to stop and take a thousand and one photos. The garden of Keukenhof is the largest floral garden in Europe and it is divided into four pavilions where we can take a chromotherapy bath. Although the tulip is the star of Keukenhof, daffodils, hyacinths and orchids also have a prominent place.

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