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This year was the 3 time we have been to Keukenhof and by far the best experience. Why? Because the first time we went in May and we were too late for the tulips. They had flowers in the pavilions and rhododendrons in bloom outside but that was it. Second time we went it was last year and due to the long winter all the flowers bloomed late so almost nothing was in bloom. This year however I got smart and liked their facebook page so I can have daily updates and when they said the park is in full bloom, we went. It was amazing to see it all in bloom. It's always crowded but very civilized. It's best to get tickets online as the lines are LONG. For food we prefer to picnic. The restaurants are packed and not as fun as eating between the flowers.
Although the Keukenhof Gardens are well known, they never cease to amaze and delight tourists year after year. This is one of many tulips fields near Keukenhof Gardens. Each one of the 7 million tulips will be dug up and replaced with new bulbs for a new display next year. This year's theme is Poland 2012. A tribute to Pope John Paul II is part of the display at Keukenhof. Keukenhof means kitchen garden. It is recommended that travellers visit within the last 2 weeks of April for tulips in full bloom though there are displays of earlier blooming and later blooming flowers from early April through May in addition to the famed tulips. A must see.
If you have the time and the weather is nice (warm and no rain), not to mention that it should be spring time (Apr-May), then there is no better way to enjoy Holland than on a bike. At this time of the year the tulip fields are in full color - reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, etc. so pedaling will not seem like much of an effort when you have the fantastic colors to concentrate on, and the occasional windmill to stop and admire. Every Dutchman and Dutchwoman and Dutchkid seem to have their own bikes (usually with a lumpy basket in front) but you can rent one from one of the many companies in that business.
A dutch garden/disneyland for tulip lovers. See every variety of bulb flower in the world. Worth a day trip from Amsterdam in April or May.
7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths all in bloom create a spectacular pallet of color not to mention aroma. This spring garden outside of Amsterdam is only open for a couple of months during the blooming season and each year it is redesigned based on a new theme. This is landscaping and gardening at it’s very best. Wander around the gardens and view the various green houses, inspiration gardens, and commissioned works of sculpture. Take a canal boat trip to see the never-ending fields in bloom. How to get there: By public transport, you can take the train to Leiden Centraal (about 30 minutes travel from Amsterdam Centraal) and the bus 54 from the nearby station (Keukenhof Express – it leaves two times every hour) More Info: Cost – 15 Euro Hours – 2013 – Mar 21 – May 20 from 8am to 7:30pm 2014 – Mar 20 – May 18
It's a zen-like experience doable a scant nine weeks of the year: Keukenhof, where seven million blooming tulips, daffodils and hyacinths have attracted 800,000+ spring visitors for 60 years. Covering nearly 80 acres, the stunning display is the world's most renowned tulip festival, with expansive flower fields and gardens planted in intricate color patterns, plus dozens of flower, plant and gardening shows, horticultural displays and works of art. Set in Lisse, a tiny village just south of Amsterdam, the annual attraction is an easy day trip from the capital. Take the train from Central Station to Leiden, where bus 54 runs directly to the park. Keukenhof also is easily accessible from Schiphol Airport by bus 58. If you want to spend a few more euros to avoid public transport, travel by coach on an organized day trip from Amsterdam, easily booked from numerous companies. If you're driving, there's plenty of parking at the attraction. However you get there, Keukenhof will be open daily, March 20–May 18, 2014, providing the weather cooperates. The 2014 theme is "Holland" from its traditional beginnings to modern times. Visit in April when crowds are sparse and fragrant hyacinths, as well as orchids in an indoor pavilion, are in bloom. Come in May for warmer weather and more flamboyant outdoor tulip displays. Whatever you do, don't forget your camera, as Keukenhof is paradise for photographers as well as garden enthusiasts.
If you are going to see the flowers at Keukenhof Gardens then be sure to wander across the street to see the lesser known Kasteel Keukenhof. This historic chateau was held by barons and wealthy merchants alike since the 15th century. It has now been refurbished and transformed into a unique space to house contemporary art during the flower season. The old and the new mix together in a unique way thanks to curator Gijs Stork. Inside the castle you will find fashion, video, photography, and sculpture all intermixed with the old chateau grandeur - all in the theme of flowers. Everywhere you look there is intrigue - even down to the secret doors. Flower based art is located in each room of the castle. The special exhibition is temporary though - so be sure to check the website for further details of when you can visit - Tour Schedule 2013 - http://www.kasteelkeukenhof.nl/uw-bezoek/rondleidingen If you can't make it inside - it's still worth a stop. Be sure to walk around the sculpture gardens and grounds as they are impeccably manicured and less crowded than Keukenhof Gardens filled with tourists. How to get there: Keukenhof Castle is located just outside Lisse, straight across the entrance of the famous Keukenhof Park. By public transport, you can take the train to Leiden Centraal (about 30 minutes travel from Amsterdam Centraal) and the bus 54 from the nearby station (Keukenhof Express – it leaves two times every hour).
Keukenhof's kilometers of tulips in pinks, reds, yellows and oranges billow in unison when a gust of wind comes. Delicate petals to enforce the preciousness of our existence. A 9€ round trip ticket will take you to and from the fields from Amsterdam airport. A 23€ ticket includes admission to the park.
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