The Zwinger is one of those historic buildings that is so seamlessly incorporated into the fabric of the city. Yes, it is also a very popular tourist destination, but the people who live and work here, don't treat it with kid gloves. As if it's something precious and should only be viewed from a distance. They luncheon here, bring their children to play and dash through the archways on their morning run.
The Keukenhof is known as the "Garden of Europe", and if you've ever had the chance to walk through their green fields, you will truly understand why. For two months every year, from March to mid-May, millions of rainbow coloured flowers (4.5 million to be exact) bloom over the 32 hectares of gardens inside the Keukenhof. They create what can only be described as a blanket of fantastical aromas and ethereal colours which cover the Dutch countryside.
Brühl's Terrace, or Brühlsche Terrasse, also known as the "Balcony of Europe". The area where the Terrace now stands is where the ancient old city ramparts were built in 1738. Once the Fort was no longer needed to protect the city from invaders, it was converted, by the King's orders, into an outdoor garden and space for the citizens of the city.
A Necropolis is a large, ancient cemetery. Usually, replete with tombs, monuments and mausoleums. The word necropolis means "city of the dead". The difference between a graveyard and a necropolis is that they‘re usually built far, outside the city instead of being constructed within in.
After walking around the Imperial Palace Gardens all morning, we were due for a bit of rest before facing the rest of the day. Half way towards our next destination we decided to take a rest in the next large park we came across. This turned out to be Hibiya Park.
The Keukenhof is known as the "Garden of Europe", and if you've ever had the chance to walk through its doors, you will truly understand what they mean by this. For two months every year, from March to mid-May, a rainbow of million and millions of flowers (4.5 million to be exact) bloom over the 32 hectares of gardens that span the Keukenhof grounds. They create what can only be described as a blanket of fantastical aromas and ethereal colours covering the Dutch countryside.