Tiptoe Through the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam
July 25, 2018
As you can see from social media, part of The Netherlands is transformed into a vast sea of flowers from mid March to mid May. It starts with the crocus season in March, followed by daffodils and hyacinths. Finally, the tulips bloom beautifully in all sorts of bold colours from mid April through the first week of May. There’s no place better to admire the fresh blooms than at the Keukenhof Gardens.
Over 7 million bulbs of tulips bloomed this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers, look forward to enjoying spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique art installations and exciting events. Keukenhof is also fun for the children, featuring games such as treasure hunts, and entertaining attractions like the petting farm, the maze and the playground.
You will get to listen to stories at the Tulip Mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion. I was pretty impressed with the tales of the tulip from stories of bulbs worth their weight in gold, to theft and a mountain dweller who feels at home in the Dutch climate, to the story of the black tulip and famous people who gave their names to new varieties.
According to the official website, the Keukenhof Gardens is less busy before 10.30am and after 4pm. The light of the morning and evening sun allows you to take wonderful photographs. It is also less busy on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday than on the other days of the week.
The Keukenhof Gardens is a place you must not skip. Just the thought of the tulips transforming parts of The Netherlands into a colourful patchwork quilt makes me want to revisit the country with my loved one.
Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, The Netherlands
Opening Hours: 21 March 2019 to 19 May 2019 8am to 7.30pm daily