One place I’ve wanted to visit since we moved to this beautiful country is the famous Keukenhof Gardens. Not only have I seen some gorgeous pictures, but every Dutch person would tell you that this is one of the most famous attractions in Holland. Keukenhof Gardens are located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse near Leiden. The gardens are open once a year from March 24 to May 16. The Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens in Europe with more than 7 million bulbs and over 800 varieties of tulips. There’s no need to tell you that this place is a dream for me. Tulips are my favorite flowers, and you can probably tell that by the name of the blog 😀
Be ready to do lots of walking, we arrived at 10 am and when we left at 5 pm we were all exhausted. There’s plenty of little restaurants and cafes to sit down, relax, and grab something to eat or drink. Best of all, it’s a family-friendly place with plenty of entertainment for the little ones. My daughter enjoyed playing in the petting zoo, kids’ playground, and running through its garden maze. If you follow me on Snapchat (@teacupsntulips) you’ve probably seen how much fun we had running through its twists and turns. Also, there’s free wi-fi throughout the park. I would recommend not going at the beginning of the season when it first opens but later towards mid-season when the flowers are in full bloom. The park is also dog-friendly, so you can take your dog with you, but you have to keep it on a leash.
Every year the park has a different theme and the theme for 2016 is “The Golden Age”, a time when Holland became wealthy through its worldwide trade. You can find out the opening times, a map of the park and everything else you need to plan your visit to the Keukenhof gardens here.