Each year when spring arrives, one of the world’s largest flower gardens opens its doors to visitors, allowing millions to soak in its beauty. Stretching over 79 acres, the Keukenhof is indeed a spectacular garden located in South Holland. There are 7 million bulbs here each year, thus showing off the best Dutch flower producers.
Holland’s beloved tulips constitute over 800 varieties on display. But there are also hyacinth and narcissus, among other bulbous flowers, all arranged in neat, colorful rivers. This makes Keukenhof not only a stunning photo opportunity but a site where it’s possible to discover Holland’s incredible flower industry. While tulips are closely associated with the Netherlands today, they were actually introduced into the country in the 16th century by the Ottoman Empire. Their popularity grew throughout the 17th century when the Dutch Golden Age took place. During this time of extreme wealth, tulips were so coveted that they were actually traded as currency until the “Tulip Mania” bubble burst.
The Keukenhof’s history also dates back hundreds of years, when the grounds served to grow fruit and vegetables for Jacqueline of Bavaria‘s kitchen staff. Up to the present time, from mid-March to mid-May, visitors come from around the world to admire the colorful blooms at the Keukenhof. As one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, the Keukenhof thus helps keep the proud tradition of Dutch flowers alive and well.
So scroll down and look at this sea of beautiful flowers!