Tulip Mania in Full Swing

This year, Keukenhof, often lauded as the most beautiful spring garden in the world, is holding a special exhibition to celebrate the park’s founding 75 years ago. 

The exhibition Keukenhof Turns 75 brings stories from the past to life with memorabilia, nostalgic items and video fragments. Visitors can learn what goes on behind the scenes, from 1949 to the present day, and see what’s in store for the future.

The first steps towards the creation of Keukenhof, the brainchild of a group of flower-bulb farmers and bulb-export firms looking for somewhere to display products from the floriculture industry, were made in 1949. 

Only a year later, the park opened its doors to visitors and was an immediate success: 236,000 people came to see the flower exhibition in that first year. Since then, the park has achieved global fame and visitor figures have, nowadays, risen to more than 1.5 million!

The original park was designed by Zocher in the English landscape style, with Keukenhof’s inspirational gardens and other styles being added later. 

Every year, 100 exhibitors send flower bulbs to be planted in the park, where 600 nurserymen tend the flowers and plants for the flower displays in the pavilions.

This year’s spectacle runs until 12 May 2024. If you do go, enjoy.