The Keukenhof Gardens: Europe’s Best Spring Destination

The Keukenhof Garden's windmill is a popular attraction

There’s nothing as encouraging as seeing the first spring flowers pop out of the ground after a long, cold winter, their colors a first hint that warmer times are on their way. But just imagine seeing millions—yes, millions—of them spread out over fields and lawns and in wooded parks. You can witness a natural spectacle like that in the Keukenhof Gardens in the western Netherlands. The ... Read Full Article

Keukenhof: Holland in Bloom

Purple Hyacinths at the Keukenhof

  Keukenhof, Dutch for “kitchen garden”, is the world’s largest flower garden. With over 7 million flower bulbs planted in the 70-acre garden annually, it is easy to see why this massive park has been called the ‘Garden of Europe’. Opened in 1949, the grounds were designed by the same architects that designed the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. It was originally a hunting area that ... Read Full Article

Leiden Lures Return Visitors

Bicycles and boat-lined canals are everywhere you look in this historic, beautiful city. Amsterdam?? No, Leiden, a small, friendly university "town" of approximately 117,000 inhabitants - and only a 20 minute train ride from Schipol airport. We have often returned to Leiden after discovering it in the mid-1970's and think it is one of the most interesting and manageable cities in the ... Read Full Article