One of the things I like most about living abroad, is the fact that I look at my own country (the Netherlands) through different eyes. And I mean that in a good way. Whenever I go back to Holland now, I feel like exploring. I realise there are so many places I’ve never been to, so many beautiful areas and towns I’d love to see still. Whether it’s a cute little part of Amsterdam or a big spring garden like Keukenhof, I really enjoy being a tourist in the motherland.
Right, onto today’s topic now: Keukenhof. With over 7 million flower bulbs and more than 800 different types of tulips it’s probably one of the world’s biggest flower parks. I remember flying back from Amsterdam to London last year when I saw those massive fields full of flowers from the sky. That’s when I made a mental note to myself to go and check it out and that’s how the parents and I ended up in the famous garden earlier this month. I’ll give you an overview in pictures:
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The park is busy, very very busy. Nothing wrong with that of course, but I think it’s good to know. We thought we were going on a ‘quiet day’ by choosing Monday morning for our visit – I can tell you that didn’t make a difference at all. So be prepared to queue; for the toilets when you enter the park, for the hot dog or ice cream cart inside the park and to make a picture of that stunning display of flowers everyone else wants to take a photo of as well. I underestimated exactly how many people visit Keukenhof and to be honest, I got annoyed by the sheer number of other visitors at some point. Entirely my bad though, the place is only open two months a year so it’s bound to be popular!
There is a ‘fluisterboot’ (literally translated a whisper boat) that takes you right through the flower fields. We didn’t get to do the tour unfortunately, but I think it gives you an incredible view of the area surrounding the park and it’s many colourful flowers. Other than that there is a pretty impressive orchid exhibition – a must see for those who love this elegant flower. The thing I personally enjoyed the most, was getting lost in the garden’s little pathways. Away from the bigger lanes full of people you can still listen to the chirping of the birds, feel the wind blow in your face and soak up the smell of fresh flowers.
Keukenhof is open until the 21st of May 2017. Go here for more info and opening times.
Happy tulip watching!
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