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    Keukenhof 2012

    by Seamist Written Nov 28, 2011

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    The bulb growing area’s Flower parade on Saturday 21 April 2012, follows a forty kilometers route from Noordwijk to Haarlem and passes Keukenhof in the afternoon, over the ‘Keukenhof Corso Boulevard’ [Parade Boulevard]. This parade is called the ‘face of Spring’ for very good reason and is the most famous parade in the Netherlands. The procession consists of about twenty floats and more than thirty vehicles all covered with flowers and decorated lavishly. A festive promotional convoy precedes the procession. Musical groups lead the procession along the length of the ‘Keukenhof Corso Boulevard’.

    The flower parade is free of charge.

    Our visitors will be given the opportunity to leave the park to watch the Flower Parade and re-enter afterwards to proceed their visit to Keukenhof.

    For more information, check the site www.bloemencorso.info

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    World's largest flower garden -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Written Jun 29, 2011

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    Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world's largest flower garden for over 50 years. It is filled with tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs.

    Facts & figures: Over 7 million flower bulbs are planted by hand every year in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares. It has 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties, and flower bulbs in more than 1600 different varieties. The bulbs are supplied by 91 Royal Warrant Holders. There are more than 2,500 trees in 87 varieties. There are 15 kilometers of footpaths, 280 benches, 15 fountains and 32 bridges. There are 4 different indoor pavilions.

    Keukenhof is located near the small town of Lisse, between Amsterdam and The Hague. It is situated in an area called the "Dune and Bulb Region" (Duin- en Bollenstreek), a region that features coastal dunes and the cultivation of flower bulbs.

    Keukenhof is open annually from the last week in March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather. Tip: go early in the morning or late in the afternoon, there are less people.

    Where Keukenhof is situated now, was a hunting area in the 15th century. Herbs for the kitchen of the castle were also collected here; hence the name Keukenhof ("kitchen garden").

    The garden was established in 1949 by the then-mayor of Lisse. The idea was to present a flower exhibit where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could show off their hybrids – and help the Dutch export industry (the Netherlands is the world's largest exporter of flowers).

    VIDEO of my visit:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86L419oLjss

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    Hop on Hop off tulip fields tour

    by ATLC Updated Apr 15, 2011

    This bus rides between 24 March and 20 May (2011) between 10-19.15 hrs from Thursday to Sunday. The route is from Noordwijk, via Noordwijkerhout to Panorama Tulipland in Voorhout and then on to Lisse (Keukenhof).The bus stops at central points, larger hotels and at Tulipland and Keukenhof.

    A ticket costs 5 euro. If you want to include entrance to Tulipland and Keukenhof, you pay 16 euro (instead of 21 euro) extra.

    In the bus you can see the beautiful country and tulipfields. You can decide to hop off everywhere or just stay. You could stop at the beack in Noordwijk or do some shopping in picturesque Noordwijkerhout.

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    Water parts & fountains

    by irisbe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fountain at Keuken hof

    Over seven million bulbs: bulbs of tulips, narcissi, hyacinths, lilies, gerberas and orchids.
    The crème de la crème of what the flower industry has to offer is unfolded here under your very eyes. Spread over 32 hectares, the park offers you delightful colourful flowerbeds, often in very unexpected colour combinations.
    Discover the water parts that bring life into this park.

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    Visiting Keukenhof

    by Gillybob Updated Jul 31, 2010

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    I visited Keukenhof just 5 days (25 March) after it opened in 2008. There were plenty of flowers to see in the pavilions and tubs - those planted directly in the ground were a mixture of some in bloom and some barely above the ground.

    The displays are changing throughout the opening which is from the last week of March until mid-May; the displays are planted with early and late flowering varieties of the various bulbs. The Willem Alexander pavilion had lots of tulips in full bloom during my visit, whilst the Oranje Nassau hall had lots of different cut flowers which were gorgeous and filled the pavilion with scent. You might be a little disappointed if visiting early in the season as there may not be a full display but I doubt that anyone going much before late April would get a full display unless it was an incredibly mild winter/spring.

    With regards the ticket, you can purchase this at the Tourist Information office directly outside Centraal Station in Amsterdam (with transport options available as well).

    If you take the bus + Keukenhof option, you will get bus 370 from Leidseplein. The bus stop is the first one in the middle of the bridge over the canal, the bus stop shows the timetable for the 370. You take this to Schiphol and change there onto another bus (50 or 58?) to Keukenhof. Its pretty easy, once you know where the first bus stop is in Leidseplein. The total journey via bus is around 45 minutes.

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    KEUKENHOF FLOWER SHOWS

    by balhannah Written Jul 4, 2009

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    Lilium show @ Keukenhof

    Its not only all Tulips. I found on the website that a Lilium Show was being held, so I concided my date to visit with this. It was certainly worth going to, and it was included in the admission price, which in 2009 was 13.5 euros.

    Check the Keukenhof website out for whats on when you are visiting.

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    Bean bags to lazy

    by isolina_it Written May 18, 2008
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    Around the inspirational gardens there`s a green area with several bean bags. Useless to say that in a great sunny day everybody tries to catch a place and rest out of the a long walking day around the flowers, close your eyes and smell the sun and the flowers around.

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    China - Emperor and a tulipmosaic

    by Luchonda Updated May 5, 2008

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    In China the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor, this next to three other symbols like the unicorn, the turtle and the phoenix. The dragon is the symbol of "HAPPINESS"
    Nowadays the dragon is most famous for the dragon dance. At the chinese new year a dance is performed to scare off the evil spirits, just like the fireworks the chinese events are famous for.
    The dance is performed by 15 people in a row.
    The flower mosaic you see in Keukenhof is made out of 5000 tulips and 20.000 hyacints (muscari) - in total it measures 15x10 meters
    Maybe due the Olympics" in China, this year 2008, Keukenhof builded up a special chinese pavillion.
    Picture 4: A terracotta warrior like i've seen a lot of them in Xi'an. A nice remembrance of my tour in China

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    Impossible not to mention "flower tips" in Lisse

    by Luchonda Updated May 5, 2008

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    The beauty of flowers, growing and waking up in April and May. An unbelievable scénary,views and smell of a next upcoming spring.
    The best place to get any information about making flower "bouquets" you will get in "The House of Flowers", one of the many pavillions.

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    Exhibition of flowers

    by Luchonda Updated May 5, 2008

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    Keukenhof might be the best open "Flower Garden" in Europe. What it makes pleasant to spent a whole day, as "Theme Park" on a daily journey, is the well organised infrastructure with a lot of "Flower Lanes" - Pavillions, lakes and relaxing facilities.

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    Art and Flowers in Keukenhof - part 3

    by Luchonda Written May 1, 2008

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    Modern art in a field of flowers, a perfect combination of results of garden engineers and local or even international sculptors, showing their creations for thousands and thousands of visitors in Keukenhof.

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    Beatrix pavillion

    by Luchonda Updated May 1, 2008

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    The house of orchids : A must to visit if you like orchids
    And here you will get the necessary info to keep orchids at home. It seems to be a cliché saying that keeping orchids in your home is difficult. (temperature, cultivating) It is not true and perfect possible, respecting a few basics

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    Windmill

    by ATLC Written Apr 24, 2008

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    This is an original mill, built in 1892 in the province Groningen and was used for polder drainage. The winmill was bought by the Holland America Line and brought to Keukenhof, now 51 years ago.

    In front of the windmill you see a typical bridge that you will find in larger versions all over The Netherlands.

    Obviously, as you can see in the photo, you can have a look inside!

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    Stepping stones

    by ATLC Written Apr 24, 2008

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    Just across the water at the Wilhelmina entrance, you'll find these fun stepping stones.
    Now, I'm not going to tell you how it feels to walk on them, but luckily nobody got wet!
    In the ponds there are various birds that enjoy their life at Keukenhof!

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    Visit pavilion Oranje Nassau

    by ATLC Written Apr 24, 2008

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    This year (2008) the theme at Keukenhof is 'China' and 'the Olympic games'. The pavilion Oranje Nassau (our royal family's family name) shows flower arrangements within that theme. There are also flower arranging demonstrations.

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