We were so lucky that without intention we were in Amsterdam last year during the blooming time of the Tulip Garden in Keukenhof.
We bought a combi ticket (bus + entrance) and went there first by bus from Amsterdam central to the airport and from the airport there are busses every half hour to Keukenhof. I don’t think it took more than 1 hour to go there altogether.
First we wanted to book an excursion, I had been checking the internet for information about it, there are a lot of companies. We decided that we didn’t want to have a limited time in the garden, we wanted to be on our own, walk in the park freely until we had the mood to do so.
It is a huge park, we stopped by the bus near the entrance. The first impression while entering the park for me wasn’t so special, but the further we went inside, the more colourful it became, the more and more exciting it got.
Keukenhof is open officially from mid-March to mid-May. We went there in April, everything was blooming then 🙂
Not only tulips we could see there, rather Crocus, some Hyacinths and Daffodils too. There was a pavilions for Orchids, another one where we saw even more types of tulips than outside, some Lilac and even Roses. Most of the spring flowers were blooming. Unfortunately we couldn’t see any Snow whites, because it was already too late for them.
I like to collect interesting facts to add to my travel blog posts, here is what I have found about tulips:
- There are about 150 species of tulip bulbs with in total 3000 different varieties. In the Keukenhof park more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year, 800 varieties of tulips.
- Tulips come from the Himalaya, they were brought to Turkey and in the 16th century they were brought to the Netherlands.
- The most popular flower is the rose, the second the chrysanthemum, the tulips are in third place.
- During the tulip mania (17th century) one bulb was worth as much as a canal house in Amsterdam.
- In 2016 there were more than 1 million visitors (including us) in the park in 2 months.
I have a long history with Tulips, when I was a child we lived in a house with a big garden, where we used to have tulips too, yellow, red and since the 2 colours were too close to each other with the time we had a mix of yellow-red tulips.
We bought 2 tulips in the Keukenhof Park on the way home, a blue one and a colourful one. They were taken care of, they grew, they bloomed and they are still alive 🙂
Next spring season in Keukenhof will be from March 23rd to May 21st 2017.
Further information (how to get there, what to see, when to go, how much it is) you can find on the website of Keukenhof Park.