Last year in March end, we visited the city of canals, Amsterdam. The main reason to visit during the winters was to witness the beauty of the world’s biggest and most beautiful tulip gardens, Keukenhof. It is open only for two months from Mid March to Mid May every year.
After exploring the city on day 1, we woke up to a beautiful morning, it was cloudy and colder. We were quite excited to see the beautiful tulip fields and windmills. So, after having breakfast, we reached the Harlem station and boarded our bus to the tulip garden. We had already bought the tickets online which included the bus to and fro tickets and the entrance to the garden. The park has their own bus service and has pick and drop points at Leiden, Haarlem and Schipol Airport.
It was around an hour drive and we got to see the most beautiful side of the city on the way to the small town of Lisse where the massive park is located. After enjoying a long drive, finally, we were at Keukenhof. As we had the tickets, we entered in no time and the very first sight was breathtaking.
We got a park sitemap from a lady dressed up in traditional attire at the entrance flower stall. The park is spread over 32 hectares with 7 million bulbs planted every year. With more than 800 varieties of tulips, the huge park is divided into 7 sections namely:
which is spread in 6,000 square meters located in the center of the park and is the biggest section. Visitors can admire around 15,000 lilies, over 300 varieties. You can witness amaryllis, perennials, pot plants, lilies, and tulips.
The Beatrix Pavilion specifically for magnificent Orchids.
Tulpomania section showcases the history of tulips.
The Oranje Nassau Pavilion
Another section that demonstrates showcases the use of flower bulbs in different styles of interior design, from classic to modern. There is a different flower show every week.
The Juliana Pavilion is full of tulips in bloom.
The Castle Keukenhof is an ornamental garden of the park.
One section is where you will find the mesmerizing working Windmills.
As its huge, there are chances you get lost but for good, you will get to explore every nook and crannies of the heaven and end up in the lap of the daffodils, crown imperials and sweeps of hyacinths.
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
- Carry a sitemap without fail.
- Reserve a full day for this garden.
- Don’t worry if you have luggage, as they have a locker right at the entrance.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Don’t forget to carry an umbrella as the weather is unpredictable.
- Keep your camera handy with enough space all the time as you would not like to miss clicking on any part of the garden.
- Buy tickets in advance.
- Don’t miss to enter any of the indoor sections, they are an absolute delight to visit. They display flower shows, bulbs, cut flowers arrangement and much more. Every year there is a theme on which the decoration is done and this year it was “Romance“. There was definitely love in the air.
Also, there are many cultural programs from time to time.
- Give your kids an experience of a lifetime visiting the zoo within the park, a maze, and several playgrounds, a scavenger hunt.
- Don’t miss to enjoy seeing a working windmill, it is one of the most spectacular sections of the park.
- There is a scooter facility for disabled and old citizens.
- Prefer visiting on a weekday, if possible, to avoid the rush.
- The park is pram and wheelchair friendly.
- There is a biking option too, you can bike through the garden and capture its beauty.
Amidst so much natural and scenic beauty, it was the best spent day and the most unforgettable experience of my life ever. I missed my family a lot during my visit to Keukenhof and wished they were with us. We bid goodbye to the park with the hope to visit again someday with my family.
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