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And the much awaited Euro spring trip of the year happened last March 24 – 30, 2019. I have been planning this trip with my family since late 2017 and it finally materialized. So we came, we saw, and we conquered Keukenhof for 4 hours last March 26 and it is an experience I will treasure, and perhaps, even do it again.
The Keukenhof Gardens is located in Lisse, Netherlands. It is a well-known garden in the world. It only opens once a year from the onset of spring to 3rd week of May. The opening date varies each year and for 2019, it is open from 21 March to 19 May, 2019.
This is the second time I have been in this place. The first time I visited Keukenhof last March 27, 2015, it was raining and very windy as if there was a typhoon. It just kept raining and raining that it was difficult to have a decent photo taken without getting wet and cold. So, I was not able to see much of the park. I think I only saw 1/16th of it since I was just in the souvenir shop because of the howling wind and heavy rain. My bucket list wasn’t really full. I promised myself that I will come back, take my family with me, and enjoy it the next time around. And I did!
My husband and I kept checking the weather week after week before leading to the day we flew to Amsterdam. We kept changing travel dates to accommodate a sunny weather and we found a window of opportunity during 26 March. It was cloudy in the morning but the sun shone the rest of the day even if it was very chilly. We just didn’t care about the cold. We finally made it there without rain and that was the most important part of the trip.
This year’s theme is Flower Power. It’s a nod to the 70th year of Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. The flowers planted are bright with very vivid colors. This will be the perfect place for shutter bugs who love to take snaps of nature, especially flowers like tulips with all of its other variations.
Keukenhof is a platform for the Dutch floricultural sector as it allows showcasing a large number of flowering bulbs (approximately 7 million according to their flower report in their official website) for display in the vast 32 hectares. The exhibitors for the park are given a wide platform to display their precious and most unique flower bulbs in the span of 8 weeks.
Millions of visitors visit Keukenhof each year and I am not surprised why. It is very beautiful, relaxing, picturesque, and really a great place to enjoy the flowers around you.
My husband booked the tour for our Keukenhof experience. It included return transfers and an express pass ticket to the park. You can book similar tour at Viator too as they have plenty of Amsterdam, and Netherlands tours to offer and that includes the Keukenhof experience.
Here are some snaps I have taken inside the Keukenhof. I will only show the general photos and will post another article about the various flowers, especially the tulips that I saw inside the park.
It is really a fun place to visit when you are in Holland. If you haven’t been to Netherlands yet and are planning a visit soon or next year’s spring, I highly recommend you include a side-trip to Keukenhof. It is worth your money and time.
You may want to skip the line when you visit Keukenhof especially in the peak of April due to the throngs of visitors coming, book this tour instead –
This tour’s duration is around 3-5 hours. You will be going through the park on your own and will meet up with the bus and other tourists in your group at a designated place and time for departure to and from the park back to Amsterdam.
If you are looking for accommodations in Amsterdam or other parts of Netherlands for your upcoming vacation, search and book at Booking.com.
Before you go, please watch our travel vlog featuring this beautiful garden in Lisse, Netherlands. Thank you!