Holland's Keukenhof Gardens Open: Happy Spring!

Flowers on Thursday: Tulips

When in Amsterdam...visit the Keukenhof Gardens. It is Spring everyone! Yesterday marked the official beginning of the new season. Today the gates have been flung open of the Keukenhof Gardens.

The Keukenhof Garden is a 32 hectare park filled with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bulbs. 7 million bulbs are hand planted at the park every year. The Park is open from March 20 until May 18 every year (dates updated for 2014).

Located at Lisse, which is in between Amsterdam and The Hague. This area is famous for its bulbs. During spring the tulip fields flower creating field after field of colour. Yellow tulips have already sprung up and now the others are slowly popping up with the warmer and longer days.

When in Amsterdam...visit to the Keukenhof 2011

The Keukenhof Gardens is something that you must do at least once in your life if in the Netherlands. The photos never do justice to the wonderful display of colour.

Do the Keukenhof yourself
The best way to get there is on public transport. Go to the Keukenhof website and buy a combo-ticket. This ticket includes park entrance and also return bus from Amsterdam airport to the Gardens. From Amsterdam Airport you can catch a train straight to Amsterdam Centraal Station.

Large Group Tours of the Keukenhof
All large companies take coach loads of tourists to the Keukenhof each year. Most tours are around the 50 euro per person mark. Tours and Tickets is the largest agency in Amsterdam. Be sure to check the reviews of these companies on websites like tripadvisor to make sure it is for you.

Small Tours Tours of the Keukenhof
Paying a bit more will get you more. Private tours and small group tours do trips to the Keukenhof gardens in season. They normally incorporate other stops such as Haarlem or windmills to add to a full day Holland experience. Omy Amsterdam Tours is a small company that takes groups of up to 6 people. Once again check their reviews on websites to makes sure that this is for you.

Our Number One Tip is to go early. The Keukenhof Gardens is the largest tourist attraction in the Netherlands. Over the 60 year history of the gardens more than 44 million people have visited. There are normally many traffic jams around lunch time onwards as buses and  cars try to reach the park along the narrow roads of normally quiet, rural Holland. CNN Travel, the American News Station listed Keukenhof as one of the world's top attractions to see in 2012.

Keukenhof Gardens Holland
When in Amsterdam...enjoy!

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