There’s no denying that Europe is full of picture-postcard spots, but they can’t all be The Best. New York-based travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, has shortlisted 25 of the most beautiful places in the continent, and the world famous Keukenhof has made the cut.
Keukenhof, commonly known as the Garden of Europe, is renowned for its springtime Tulip Festival, but it’s also home to a myriad of other colourful flowers, including daffodils, orchids, roses and so much more. In fact, there’s a quite overwhelming 32 hectares of flowers to admire around the gardens, and 15km of hiking trails to guide you round. To put that into other terms: they claim to plant over 7 million bulbs each year!
It’s the perfect spot for a springtime photoshoot, with gorgeous backdrops of flower shows, stunning ponds, and a tonne of statues made by local and international artists.
The shout out from Travel + Leisure has come at the perfect time, as Keukenhof’s famous Tulip Festival has only just begun. The season started last Thursday (March 23) and will end on Sunday, May 14 – and you can get your tickets here. The gardens are just a short metro ride from the centre of Amsterdam – and don’t worry, since the bulbs have been planted in stages, there will never be a bad day to see the flowers during the festival.