It’s tulip season in the Netherlands, but only for two more weeks! In that time, I highly recommend you head over to Keukenhof and visit the spectacular rainbow coloured garden! Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the largest gardens in the world and each year about seven million bulbs are planted in the thirty two acre park. Covered in brilliant coloured tulips and psychedelic statues, the gardens also have a windmill and of course a canal or two. It is the perfect spring day out in the Netherlands!
We purchased skip the line tickets for €18 the day before we visited. At noon on a Thursday, my brother and I made our way to the gardens. If I had to do it again, I would go earlier in the morning to beat the rush of people, the buses were filled to capacity. However, despite the large crowds of people, Keukenhof is certainly big enough to fit everyone, we walked in and around the gardens several times with ease.
The theme for 2018 is ‘Romance in Flowers’ and there is a special display dedicated to love where the flowers are patterned in hearts and people. You can view this arrangement from a platform near the entrance. We nearly missed the exhibit and only found it on our final walk around the park. I would say you need to spend at least two or three hours in the gardens, there is so much to see and it is easy to get lost in the circles of colour.
I was skeptical about a day wandering around a garden of flowers but I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The Keukenhof gardens are definitely a sight to be seen and if you’re in the area you should definitely make the trip. We had a wonderful afternoon drinking beer/lemonade, admiring the flowers and soaking up the suns rays.
Tips: The ice cream from the trucks dotted over the grounds are delicious! However, when it comes to breakfast, brunch or lunch, I would advise you bring a packed snack and eat in the gardens rather than try the substandard (and expensive) cafeteria meal provided in the restaurants on offer!
Did you know: Tulips were brought to the Netherlands in the sixteenth century from the Ottoman Empire (now known as Turkey). From then on they grew exponentially and were even used as money at one point in the economic bubble known as tulip mania! A fact I learned from my brother who is studying his Masters in economics at Tilburg University.
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