Visiting Keukenhof Tulip Festival
Without a doubt, Keukenhof is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!
All throughout my life, I had seen pictures of tulips in The Netherlands from the tulip festival. I always said to myself “Someday, I am going to go there.” Last April, I turned that someday into today.
From pictures I’d seen I thought I would see rolling fields as far as I could see with beautiful colored tulips. But when my bus pulled into Keukenhof, it was even more spectacular then I ever imagined it would be. Not only were there rolling fields of tulips, but beautiful gardens, tulips sculptures, and fountains.
As soon as I swiped my ticket into the gardens, there was this feeling of happiness that never left my body! Between that and the picturesque tulip gardens, Keukenkof needs to be on your bucket list!
What you need to know before you go:
Where is it?
Keukenhof is in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands and is the perfect day trip from Amsterdam (read more about My Weekend in Amsterdam). My friends and I hopped on a day trip bus with a local travel agency from central Amsterdam. Unless you have a car or rent a car, this is probably the easiest and stress free way to get there. The journey took under an hour and could not have been easier! Honestly, the hardest part was finding the right bus for our travel group because there were so many of them leaving from central Amsterdam. I believe that we bought tickets with a travel agency for 45 euros that included our transportation and admission into the gardens.
Once we got there, they told us a time to be back at the bus and we were on our own for the rest of the day. This was perfect! This trip was the end of my study abroad semester and by the end I was confident with exploring on my own. I had my friends and we did not need a group to keep us company. We explored the gardens for hours, with something new at every turn!
Bring your walking shoes! With over 7 million flowers and 79 acres of gardens, you will for sure need them! My friends and I were here for over three hours and we walked the whole time. The maps of the gardens were a little confusing, so we found ourselves walking in circles a few times. But that just meant we got to see all of the beauty again.
Keukenhof is open in March and April. When I was there it was slightly warm and breezy, but not super warm. I would recommend pairing your walking shoes with a comfortable outfit, complete with a light jacket and sunglasses! It was super sunny the day we were at Keukenhof. Be prepared with a light rain jacket and a pocket umbrella because it did rain while we were in the Netherlands.
Bring food and water if you can! We packed super light to the gardens and didn’t really know what to expect. Because of this, we had to buy food at Keukenhof and like any other tourist attraction the food can get pricey. I brought a small cross body purse that did not leave room for many things. Next time, I would take a small backpack and fill it with snacks, maybe even a lunch, and my reusable water bottle! I drink A LOT of water and that was the main downside to my cross body. I saw so many groups of people picnicking in the gardens and it looked like so much fun! If you don’t bring food, there are a bunch of food trucks!
Keukenhof opens in just a couple of days for the 2019 season and is open until the end of April. This was a top bucket list destination for me and made for such an amazing quintessentially Dutch day! Keukenhof and the Netherlands are the perfect place to visit this spring.
Last April, I fell in love with the Netherlands and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of this unique country.