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…..
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 

Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Blue hyacinths

 
A little bit of pink……….
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
A little bit of red….
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
A touch of yellow….
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
 
My favourite black…..
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
and white….
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Children's playground Collage
A children’s animal playground

 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Dutch treasures

 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Orchids in their own pavilion

 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Magnificent azaleas

 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
Keukenhof Tulip Garden
 
What colour tulips are your favourite?  
 
Need to know
Address: 
Keukenhof
Stationsweg 166a
2161 AM LISSE 
Opening Hours:
Open every day from 08:00 – 19:30.
Transport: 
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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