The Netherlands with many picturesque cities around its canals and some very beautiful nature destinations, can enchant its travelers with its many different colors. These can come not only from the tulips, but also from the butterflies that the country hosts, which have actually increased this summer. And due to the exceptional nature of the country and the many butterflies that fly in it, the parks in which they are located could not be missed.
Orchideeën Hoeve – Luttelgeest
The Vlinder Vallei (Butterfly Valley) in Orchideeën Hoeve is the largest butterfly garden in all of Europe! In this garden you will be able to see more than 2,000 butterflies fluttering their wings to fly.
The butterfly park has its own nursery where it grows some tropical butterflies. However, it also imports more than 55 species of tropical butterfly from Costa Rica and the Philippines each week. These are sent to Orchideeën Hoeve by post in the form of their cocoons. It only takes two days (up to 10) in the hatchery before the cocoons open and the butterflies make their first flight.
This garden is not only home to butterflies, but it also hosts flamingos, turtles, iguanas, parrots and other tropical birds and animals. Orchideeën Hoeve is open all year round, except New Year. You can make a trip there from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Parking at the facility is free and admission costs 14.50 euros for adults and 8.50 euros for children between 4 and 12 years old.
Passiflorahoeve – Harskamp
Passiflorahoeve has five butterfly gardens and a butterfly museum: A European butterfly garden, a European butterfly nursery, a tropical butterfly garden and nursery, as well as an outdoor butterfly and insect garden. In these areas, more than 90 different species of day and night butterflies fly carefree and take the nectar of plants and fruits designed for them.
Passiflorahoeve butterfly park is open from May 18 to October 5 2021. There is also free parking and admission is 9 euros for people over 10 years old and 6.50 euros for children between 4 and 10 years old. You can visit it from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Vlindertuin Vlindorado – Waarland
Vlindertuin Vlindorado is one of the largest butterfly gardens in Europe. Due to the tropical temperatures and the exotic flora and fauna that surround you during your visit, you will feel like you have escaped to the tropics. Every week, 500 to 800 hundred butterfly “babies” arrive in Vlindorado. These come from Costa Rica, the Philippines and Malaysia. Vlindorado also grows some tropical butterflies.
The park is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 11am to 5pm. It is still open on public holidays from 11am to 5pm. Parking is free and admission will cost you 8.50 euros for adults and 6.50 euros for children between two and 12 years old.
Vlinders aan de Vliet – Leidschendam
There are hundreds of beautiful butterflies to admire at Vlinders aan de Vliet in Leidschendam. 15% are cultivated by them and 85% are bought as caterpillars from nurseries in tropical countries. The garden is open from the end of February until the 28th of October. After that, it becomes very dark and cold in the greenhouse for the butterflies.
The park was transformed into a jungle / butterfly garden, with hundreds of butterflies, birds, marine animals – such as turtles and fish, and unusual plants and flowers.
This tropical jungle with butterflies is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. On Sundays, you can visit the place from 12pm to 5pm. The park is closed every Monday and has different opening hours during public holidays – so it is best to check the site if you plan to go then. Admission costs 9.50 euros for adults and 6.50 euros for children between 3 and 12 years old.
Klein Costa Rica – Someren
Klein Costa Rica is home to more than 400 butterflies. If you are lucky one may even land on your shoulder while you are there. New butterflies are shipped weekly from Costa Rica and Malaysia and hatch in Klein Costa Rica. You will also find many interesting and unusual plants and flowers in the butterfly garden.
The butterfly park is home to not only butterflies but also tropical fish and turtles in the Tropical Pool area. The freshwater pool is the perfect environment for fish species from different continents, such as America, Asia and Africa.
You can walk on the deck to enjoy the garden and tropical pool from above. You will spot iguanas and some birds while you are there!
This beautiful butterfly park is open from Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To enter you have to pay 8.50 euros as an adult. For children aged 3 to 12, it is only 5 euros.
A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking, and in Central Park you get rain instead of sunshine.