Spring Season in Keukenhof, Season of marvelous Tulips Collection
As an habitual way before summer comes in its is the spring. When spring comes it means nature will be no more in mode hibernation.
Nature will be more colorful, trees be filled with leaves, grasses resembles like a beautiful shining green carpet, and flowers are commencing their petals to flourish.
Bees will be more occupied to fulfill their works, and above all spring in europe means Tulips will be one of the biggest clan of flowers that will be lively and attractive to watch out.
After a long trip from Philippines the next plan is to visit one of the most biggest flower gardens of the world, it is located in the city of Lisse just right next to Amsterdam on its southwest part in Netherlands.
The journey began with early in the morning like 6:00 am already in the road. A road trip from brussels to Holland that will take for about more than 2 hours depending of the traffic flow.
Unfortunately for us passing through frontier between Belgium and Netherlands is the busiest.
The ride took us 3 hours to get to the destined place, it was already passed 9:00 am when we arrived, before entering the main road I’ve noticed the large farm of tulips around however the flowers were already ripped off since it was almost the end of the tulips season.
Entering the garden was majestic, blooming flowers was waiting to welcome us the colors of each and every variety of tulips are amazing there were violet, blue, red, yellow, orange, white, pink it was like a real rainbow shattered in the garden. Not just tulips but also daffodils and hyacinths.
There weren’t a lot of people at that time, I had such an incredible time to savour the immense city of tulips and just relax take some photos from here to there.
Map of Keukenhof
Keukenhof actually means “kitchen garden” has about 100 royal suppliers with an area of 32 hectares equal to 79 acres. This are exhibitors who supply the best of the best range of flowers and arrange them accordingly throughout the exposition.
There are 7 million flower bulbs planted yearly which means this place is enormously brimmed with blossoms surrounding.
On the map you will see some guide the area:
- places where you can visit publicly,
- some with shops, souvenirs etc. at first you have
- Wilhelmina which indicated a shop image and restaurant and public toilets,
- Beatrix for Orchid Show then
- Irene a plain shop, Willem-Alexander with flower shows,
- Oranje Nassau with flower shows, flower mosaic and walk of fame,
- the Mill, and lastly
- Main Entrance and Flower Bulb Shop.
Different Tulip Garden
Several types of gardens:
- English landscape garden which has winding paths and see-through alignment,
- The historical garden which has many old types of bulb,
- Nature garden which consist of water garden and shrubs and
- Japanese country garden a non-traditional garden.
As we passed by from one garden to another I’ve noticed many types of colourful displays, uniques statues, paintings, arts and special art designs that are very attractive on eyes.
Unique Monuments and Articrafts
Aside from this unique displays of course the most much visited area of the park is the famous Mill. There is also a kiosk for the Wispher Boat tour it was 7 euros per person for a tour in the tulip farm.
Unluckily since we visited a little late in the month the farmers already cut off the tulips for their the next cycle of bulbs created.
After visiting the Mill on the other corner, there’s a small building with a collection of orchids exhibition. Wide range of rare colorful orchids decorated and designed by specialists.
They usually call it the orchid show which stated in the map. there were also some mannequins wearing special clothes with orchid design on it. it was very interesting to see cause it’s not typical today.
After the visit in the Orchid Show next was to eat lunch in Wilhelmina near the big fountain. but before getting there we get to go up close in the lake and did the march with the circle spot like wood floating.
There were people crossing the lake at the moment it was kinda difficult for two or even three persons in one circle, you really need to be careful not to fall on the lake if that I’ll be a bad day for you.
The Fountain’s Place
After lunch the visit wasn’t over yet, continuing our track next on the line is Juliana/Tulpomania wherein this place offers exhibition of tulpomania bulb information.
Which means it’s all about the “bulb” for those who doesn’t know this is
a rounded underground storage organ, consisting of a short stem surrounded by fleshy scale leaves or leaf bases
In short this is the kind of seed but for tulips it’s called a bulb.
The biggest of all the exhibition building is the Willem-Alexander.
It has the largest exposition with an area which is filled with flowers arts, designs, landscape, shops, and ideas for interior design.
The best thing that I’ve found here is that handicap persons are very welcome. They can get access to almost every where in the park except on those circle spot floating in the lake.
A few walks later I saw a small house with some rabbit like form and statues all over the place. I wonder what was it? at first I thought it was like a souvenir shop for tulips but in the end. when I went there it was a petit Miffy Village.
Who is Miffy?
Miffy is originally told by Dick Bruna to his son for bedtime stories as white bunny, who scampered around the garden of their holiday home, later he sketched and make it a little girl bunny in dress and so Miffy was born.
Nowadays Miffy became very popular to children all over the world, it is commonly known as “nijntje” in Netherlands from the dutch word “konijntje” meaning “little bunny” and in French she is known as “le petit lapin”.
Moving on, I wanna show you my favorite part of this tour. normally there’s two of them first is the different types of water fountain that I saw around the gardens.
I intentionally took pictures of them cause for me I find them beautiful, who knows one day I’m gonna build a water fountain in my house.
My Aqua Collection
The second is my personal collection of beautiful photos of tulips that I have collected, hopefully it will please you also.
My Tulip Collections of Keukenhof
Over all Keukenhof is a very accessible park to all, for all ages and specially for handicapped persons. they even have wheelchairs free of charge and electric wheelchairs with 10 euros charge available in the park. however with a 20 euros for security deposit.
Free Wi-fi, Lockers , Lost and found service, and even your dog can enter in the park except in restaurants and pavilions.
Opening hours is from 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Admission fees :
- adults – € 16
- children (aged 0 to 3) – free
- children (aged 4 to 11) – € 8
- combi-ticket (entrance + travel from Amsterdam) – € 29
How to go to Keukenhof ?
via public transport use 9292.nl find the shortest and the fastest way to get to Keukenhof by public transport.
Note that during Keukenhof opening season there are special direct buses going to Keukenhof.
From airport Schiphol use (№858), Leiden (№854) and Haarlem (№850).
Going there by car?
Keukenhof location between Amsterdam and Leiden. To plan your route use Keukenhof’s address in your navigation: Stationsweg 166A, Lisse. It will take you approx. 40 minutes (sometimes more depending on the traffic) to drive from Amsterdam to Keukenhof. You can park your car near the park for € 6.
For more informations go to the official website keukenhof.nl
Score : 8.9/10
Almost everything was perfect but due to the traffic of the road deviation in the Keukenhof Area.
The inutility of the Whisper Boat without the tulips farm made me this score.