The tulips in Netherlands showcase themselves for a brief period during the glorious spring. If you are around here it is a sin if you do not visit the Keukenhof during the two months. The fields are open from 24 March 2016 – 16 May 2016 from 08.00 – 19.30. So for two months this place will be buzzing with tourists!
Me and my friend left to keukenhof on a bright Saturday morning on 9th April (Not a good time I would suggest as the tulip fields were pretty much empty.There were many flowers in the glasshouse though). The best time is after mid April.
The park has brightly coloured flowers. Here you can get a sneak peak into the colours!
Snippets on Cost of travel
- Keukenhof can be reached by ‘Arriva bus’ which charges 10 Euros for a Round trip from the Schiphol airport.
- To airport you can take line 197 or 69 which will take another 3-4 euros with Ov chipkart
- The entry ticket is 16 euros for a day.
- We took bus 69 to airport and then a combo ticket which includes bus + entry of 24 euros which was 2 euros lesser than buying them separately
- The food inside Keukenhof is typically 10 euros per meal
There is a free locker to lock your stuff at Keukenhof . You can find tons of souvenir shops there from which you can take pretty gifts back from Netherlands.The park itself was brilliant.
If you dont like reading much, you can view this slideshow of flowers captured at Keukenhof by us! At the entrance of the park there were mostly hyacinths. Tulips were in the glasshouse.
Here is the map of keukenhof with route we followed. There are five main places to visit. On the whole the walk inside takes about 5 hours.
There is a lake around the corner which houses swans and ducks. You can find stretch of pink tulip flowers around. There is a place to eat,shop and relax called Wilhelmina around the lake. There is also ‘Stepping stones’ on the lake for kids (and adults) to jump around 😛
Beatrix- Orchid show
It is a place where flowers and fashion meet! Mannequins dressed in flowers, floral shoes and hanging flowers from the ceiling. It was an unbelievable place.
The Molen- The windmill
You can climb on top of the windmill here and stand close to the blades. From there you can see the tulip fields. When we were there we could see only a strip of red tulip fields.
Whisper boat– Just below the mill there is a boat ride that takes you along a canal sandwiched between tulip fields. We heard about it only after we reached that point. You need to book tickets beforehand it seems!
Willian Alexander pavilion
It’s a huge glasshouse with ‘Tulips’ . wonderful colours which are hard for your eyes to believe they are real. It has many places to click gorgeous pictures.
It was a retro style flower show. It was a museum sort of decorated with flowers. You will find a pirate setting with flowers inside the chest instead of gold and a floral bridge.
What I really liked was the Beatrix and the William Alexander pavilion.
The best way to see the tulips is by cycling around the fields. The fields look like this when ripe with tulips.
Be sure to visit the park if you are around in these two months of April and May.
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