Park Keukenhof. Netherlands
Netherlands exports 2/3 of the world’s natural flowers and is one of the largest centers of the flower industry. Numerous flowering fields of all colors and shades beckon tourists and lovers of fragrant flowers. If you are one of them, you should definitely visit the Keukenhof Flower Park, located 20 km from Amsterdam and 7 km from the North Sea coast in the small town of Lisse.
Park Keukenhof is opened every year from mid-March to mid-May. Every year, this is the place for the flower show or carnival. The exhibitions are dedicated to various events, people and even countries. The theme for 2015 is Van Gogh – 125 years of inspiration.
Here you will find about 7 million species of plants and flowers – about 4.5 million tulips of 100 different kinds, as well as daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, and other flowers of all possible shapes, colors, varieties and names. These amazing compositions are located on 32 hectares of the park. The park includes three indoor greenhouses: the first greenhouse – Oranje Nassau – with lilacs, daffodils and tulips, the second – Willem Alexander – roses of various shades, and the third – Beatrix – orchids.
It all started with the fact that in 1949 manufacturers and exporters of flower bulbs organized here an exhibition of autumn flowers in the open air. That was kind of the opening of the park and the start of an annual tradition. Since then, every year, the most famous manufacturers of flowers compete with each other precisely in Keukenhof.
The name Keukenhof is translated from German as “Kitchen garden“. The park is under the patronage of the Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix, who owns one of these beautiful pavilions. Therefore, it is known as Royal Park as well as the Garden of Europe.
This magnificent garden is filled with floral compositions, mosaics, sculptures and fountains. In addition, you can visit a festival of Dutch folklore which is held especially for guests of the city. It includes folk songs, dances, costumes, poetry and crafts. Moreover, there is an Easter holiday organized for children, with gifts of chocolate eggs and the Easter hares.
There are all conditions for children recreation – a lot of attractions, mazes of hedges, playgrounds. It’s perfect pastime for the whole family! There are also pets’ corners, where you can watch and feed the animals. Souvenir shop and several cafes will also delight you after a long day.
This flower garden is also famous for its sculptures, which were originally temporary exhibitions, and now – are part of the park. The most famous sculptors are Nick Jonk, Andre Walton, Carlo van Chervil and Jan Wolkers. Many varieties of tulips were grown in honor of celebrities. So, you’ll find here even an “Avenue of Stars”. Many scenic walking paths, waterfalls, alleys, flower mazes, ponds with white swans will definitely fascinate you! All this makes the park Keukenhof unique in its kind.