These wonderful gardens date back to 15th century and were originally owned by a Dutch noble family. Two centuries later this massive estate was purchased by a VOC admiral and turned into a country home. Eventually, a large mansion was built on the garden’s grounds and given the title Kasteel Keukenhof.
In 1830, Jan David Zocher redesigned the gardens. Having already worked on Vondelpark in Amsterdam, Zocher was able to incorporate many styles into his plans, leading to the garden’s current appearance.
During the mid-twentieth century. the mayor of a nearby town decided to adapt Keukenhof into an international flower market where Dutch and foreign traders could exhibit their prized bulbs. His idea was incredibly successful and today horticulturalists still gather at Keukenhof each spring to present their floral arrangements at flower shows.
As Keukenhof is only 40 kilometres from Amsterdam, it is easily accessible via public transport, or even by bicycle. In order to reach the gardens, it is necessary to travel through the small town of Lisse which is connected to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague by several bus routes.
Many special events take place at Keukenhof throughout spring, including park-wide historical reenactments on March 31 and a huge flower parade on April 22. Although the gardens are always amazing to behold, it is often said that tulips are at their most beautiful around Mid-April.