Although it doesn’t look like from the window, it’s the first day of spring today. I am stuck indoors with my poorly son so I thought I would write a blog post about our last year’s visit to Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam in Holland. 

Keukenhoff, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, Netherlands. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres). It is located about 30 mins drive south of Amsterdam and is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol. 

Our visit to the gardens was a part of our 17 days road trip in a camper van around Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg which we did with our Dutch friends during Easter school holidays last year. Funnily or typically enough, our Dutch friends have never visited the gardens until then! 😀

I told them that I am not leaving Holland without seeing and photographing the fields of tulips. We drove to the nearby fields before the visit of Keukenhof Gardens. We got out of the camper and I was happily snapping away until it started raining. We drove off and were on our way to the gardens when I realised I didn’t have a memory card in my camera!!!! To my annoyance my Dutch friend replied: “But Martina, you have SEEN the fields now”.. True but perhaps only my fellow photographers would understand. 🙂 So I don’t have many photos of tulips fields, but managed to get quite a lot of tulips in the gardens. 

If you are a tulip, spring flowers or orchid lover I recommend to visit Keukenhof. It is a definitely a whole day trip. Keukenhof is open every year only for about 8 weeks from mid- March to mid -May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid – April, depending on the weather. This year it is open from  22nd March  to 13th May 2018 and according to their website, this year theme is Romance in Flowers. Be prepared for quite a lot of visitors. 

It is a tulips lovers and photographer’s paradise.   It is not all about tulips only though. You will also be able to see the crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths amongst millions of varieties of tulips. There are also many flower shows in the pavilions. Last year we have seen an impressive orchid pavilion. My mother would love that as she is an ultimate orchid lover.

You can see more about the Keukenhof Gardens in my video below. Enjoy!

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