Holland is known for many things: windmills, wooden shoes, and tulips just to name a few. When we first started planning our trip to the Netherlands, we thought we’d be too late to see the tulips, but because of an unusually long and cold winter, tulip season started a little late this year. We were in luck, and the tulips were in full bloom when we arrived. As soon as we got to Amsterdam, we bought tickets to Keukenhof, one of Holland’s biggest and most well known tulip gardens.
The Keukenhof Gardens weren’t quite what we were expecting. I think we were imagining rows and rows of tulips in fields. We did see a little of that, but mostly it was more of a display of tulips set up specifically for visitors. Different types and colors were arranged in sections in artful ways, and there were inside areas with other types of flowers as well as more tulips.
They also had a windmill near a cluster of food stands. You could go inside of it and climb up to the top, which gave a good view of a few fields of tulips, although since it’s the end of the season, there weren’t too many sections left. And of course, the gift shops were selling all sorts of items relating to tulips, windmills and wooden shoes.
I took over 300 photos, so it was hard to narrow it down to just a handful to share. But here is a sample of what I saw during our visit to Keukenhof.
Getting to Keukenhof
We bought our Keukenhof tickets and transportation from the tourism office in front of the train station in Amsterdam. They were 27.50 euros per person, which included the entrance ticket and round trip public transport. Take bus 197 from Leidseplein in the center of the city. Get off at the airport at the plaza stop, which is where you’ll see lots of other buses and hotel shuttles. From there walk past the hotel shuttles to the side of the building and get on the Keukenhof bus.