The main reason we headed to The Netherlands recently was because of the infamous tulip fields. I personally had never heard of it before (I know, how uncultured!) but Alex showed me some photographs and within seconds I was sold. Obviously, we stayed in Amsterdam but we had a day trip planned out to Keukenhof where these delights can be found. We did our research and the tulip fields are only open for a six week period therefore plan your timing! We headed out mid April, but I believe mid April to mid May is hot time.
We planned our day trip and knew exactly how to get there but I will say, there's no need. You cannot escape the marketting for this place and it is heavily sign posted as to what you need to do to get there. If you have a car or are hiring one, then hit the road and you're all set. We didn't so we headed to Centraal Station, hopped on the train to Schipol airport and then followed the signs. You can either purchase your ticket from some of the tourist shops inside the airport or purchase them at the bus stop. You can get a combined ticket for the transport and entrance or buy them individually. The price for the combined ticket for us was 24 euros each, which I thought was reasonable.
The queue for the bus looks crazy at first however don't panic. The buses are constant and the line goes down so quickly. You have the option of jumping on the bus and standing or waiting for the next to sit down. We stood up and it was perfectly comfortable. The ride is around 35 minutes, and entry to the gardens was a breeze.
As soon as you step into the gardens, it is mindblowing how beautiful the whole place is. The colours, the shapes and the designs are incredible. I wasn't sure what to expect but the gardens are a combination of grassed areas, woodland areas, large lakes and little bridges. There are a few cafe areas dotted around, some street food stalls and a large restaraunt to eat in. There's also plenty of space to sit and relax.
The main downside to the gardens and something I did read about before hand, is just the sheer amount of people. As the gardens are only open for a short period of time and is a massive tourist attraction, I guess this is no surpise. We got there relatively early but if you're dying to see it at it's quietest you'll have to be one of the first through the gates. It's difficult to get many photos without people in the way and if you wanted any photos of yourself infront of the flowers, expect some serious photobombing! That being said, be patient and it doesn't take away from the fun.
Have you ever visited?
J x

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