Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam
Keukenhof Gardens is a 79-acre garden located in Lisse, Netherlands, a scenic town situated 20 miles southwest of Amsterdam. Originally used as a source of herbs for the kitchen at Castle Keukenhof in the 15th century, the garden wasn't established until the mayor of Lisse opened the grounds in 1949, allowing growers from all around Europe to exhibit their latest hybrids. Keukenhof has since become one of the most popular gardens in Europe, with over a million visitors from the Netherlands, Europe and the world over visiting the gardens in 2017.
Keukenhof chooses a different theme every year, with this year's theme being "Romance in Flowers." From the Cupid Garden to the Love Paradise, the colorful tulip mosaics and rose gardens found throughout Keukenhof are sure to evoke a sense of romance. Events include the Flower Parade on April 21 and the Blooming Romance Festival, a fashion show showcasing the latest floral-themed haute couture from May 3-6. Daily tickets to visit the gardens cost €18 for adults and €8 for children under 17.
Keukenhof is only open to the public for eight weeks each spring. In 2018, the garden will be open from March 22-May 13. The easiest way to reach Keukenhof is by booking a flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), which is only 10 miles from the garden's grounds.
Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands