Spring is coming to Europe…..the sun is starting to break through cloudy skies, leaves are appearing on the trees and the new season’s flowers are slowly providing a burst of colour. Today, one of the best known floral attractions in the Netherlands opens for the 2014 season….The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens.
For two months from March 20th to May 18th, you can join over 800, 000 people visiting this stunning garden.
Every year a new theme for the gardens is created. This year it is Amsterdam’s canals. As well as the seven million tulip bulbs that have been planted, you’ll also see stunning azaleas, hyacinths, rhododendrons, daffodils, orchids and many, many more spring flowers.
Last year we were making our way from Rotterdam to Amsterdam on the last day of the season and decided to hop off the train at Lisse to see the gardens. We weren’t sure how much we would see but because of a cold start to spring, the tulips were still in full bloom and, as an added bonus, the crowds were far less than usual!
Join us as we wandered around the garden…..
A little bit of pink……….
A little bit of red….
A touch of yellow….
My favourite black…..
What colour tulips are your favourite?
Need to know
2161 AM LISSE
Open every day from 08:00 – 19:30.
From Amsterdam, you can either take the train to Schiphol Airport from where bus 858 leaves for Keuekenhof or you can take the train to Leiden where bus 854 will take you to the gardens.
If you’re travelling between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, you can hop off the train at Lisse. Baggage can be left at the lockers on the first floor. Exit the station, turn right and you will find buses that go direct to Keukenhof. You can buy tickets at the bus stop for the bus trip and entrance to the gardens.
More information can be found at their website: Keukenhof
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