The 67th season of Keukenhof has officially opened in the presence of ‘the Girl with a Pearl Earring’. In 2016 the theme is “The Golden Age”, the period during which the world was being discovered and trade flourished.
From up to and including Monday 16 May, the most beautiful spring park in the world is open. Keukenhof is already in full bloom.
There is much this season that binds the Golden Age and Keukenhof. The highlight of the theme year is a flower bulb mosaic covering an area of 250m2 and made up of a hundred thousand tulips, grape-hyacinths (muscari) and crocuses. The flower shows portray wonderful combinations between tens of thousands of flowers and the 17th century paintings. New in 2016 are a Golden Age inspirational garden and a Delft Blue garden.
Many international tourists still come to the Netherlands to see exceptional icons, such as Rembrandt, Dutch cheese, windmills and tulips. The significance of Keukenhof for tourism in the Netherlands is exceptionally large. Every year 800,000 visitors come to Keukenhof from over 100 countries. Approximately 75% of these visitors come from abroad. The bulb sector in general and the tulips, and Keukenhof in particular, have become the face of the tourist image of the Netherlands.
In his welcoming speech Bart Siemerink, director of Keukenhof, talked about new events at the park such as the two cut tulip shows, the nature garden and the Flowers & Fashion exhibition in the orchid pavilion.
This year Keukenhof expects 800.000 visitors from 100 countries. The park is open to the public from Thursday 24 March until Monday16 May 2016.