Behold, my friends, the spring is come the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!   - Sitting Bull


History of Keukenhof

The history of Keukenhof, the name of meaning "kitchen garden", goes back to the 15th century. Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria, Jacoba van Beieren (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegtables from the woods and dunes her for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641, and the estate grew to an area of over 200 hectares.

The park opened its gates tot he public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. In 2016 the 67th edition of Keukenhof is taking place, with Golden Age as its theme. During the last 66 years Keukenhof has grown into a world-famous attraction.