Keukenhof used to be a hunting area in the 15th century, and herbs for the kitchen of the castle of Jacoba van Beieren were collected here; hence the name Keukenhof (the garden behind the kitchen). It occupies an area of 32 hectares, and contains 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties. It is one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands, and has clocked up more than 44 million visitors in the last 60 years.
I took but #58 from Schiphol Airport, and the journey to Keukenhof took about 35 minutes. The all-in ticket, which includes the entrance fees to Keukenhof, and return bus journey, costs €21.
The unassuming main entrance
Trees are still barren
Some of the seven inspirational gardens to showcase how different flower bulbs fit in any garden style
Variety of tulips