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The Netherlands’ biggest tulip garden is opening soon – with seven million blooms

The Netherlands’ legendary Keukenhof opens to the public again at the end of the month

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly into flowers, it’s difficult not to be taken aback by the sheer, dazzling scale of Keukenhof. The Netherlands’ largest and most famous flower festival is pure tulip mania: its displays contain hundreds of varieties of the bulbs, with a whopping seven million blooms overall.

Keukenhof’s 2023 edition kicks off on March 23 and will last all the way through to May 14. During that time all the gardens will be open to the public, who can expect the displays to transform on a weekly basis. And while, obviously, there’ll be plenty of tulips (this is the Netherlands, after all), also on display will be irises, lilies, daffodils, orchids, hyacinths and much more.

In other words, this place is an unforgettable assault on both eyes and nostrils. It’s all set in the grounds of a seventeenth-century castle in the town of Lisse, around half an hour from The Hague, Haarlem, Leiden and Amsterdam.

And there’s much more to do at Keukenhof than just gaze at gorgeous flowers. Throughout the gardens, you’ll find loads of themed pavilions, as well as plenty of opportunities for tours (on bike and on foot), boating and picnics. 

Fancy a visit? You can buy tickets for Keukenhof 2023 online here.

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