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April 2016, Lisse – Netherlands
The Garden of Europe,
also known as
The Castle’s Kitchen Garden,
15th Century Hunting Grounds,
turning into a
Hybrid flowers Exhibit !
Nowadays, you’ll find it as Keukenhof Gardens, a flower paradise southwest of Amsterdam.
Here is one good reason to wait for spring.
April is that time of the year when the land erupts in an explosion of colours. The bulbs slowly come to life under the tickling of the sun. Warmth, glow and vibration return, and go deep into your soul. Winter is over.
So we are in Amsterdam for a few days, and head to the small town of Lisse one morning.
Fields of baby tulips come into sight on each side of the road, just waiting for a few more days of spring to bloom. Our bus finally stops, and the park reveals its beauty under our eyes: 32 hectares with 7 million flower bulbs.
Whoa, is this for real? We’re so happy, perfect timing!
There are only a few weeks a year, from mid-March to mid-May, when you can witness the tulips spring miracle in the Netherlands.
There is something pretty wonderful about following the sweet scent of daffodils, hyacinths, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and tulips, through the trees, and in the same time be greeted with an ocean of green, in a perfect landscape architecture.
We are wandering from the Tulpomania, to the Historical Garden to learn the story of 400 years of tulip cultivation in Holland. Take pictures.
We keep walking, from the Romantic and Golden Age Gardens to the Orchid Shows. Have an icecream. Take pictures.
Climb the stairs of the Dutch Windmill, to the top, and admire the surrounding bulb fields. Take pictures. Enjoy a coffee in the warm sun.
Get lost into the hedge maze. Take pictures.
The camera is smiling. I almost envy it for keeping images so much clearer than in my mind. But the perfume…oh…the floral scent is unbeatable. And no camera can store it. Yet. 🙂
It’s almost closing time, so we are rushing to the flower bulbs shop to take some home. And ‘some’ is not quite the word i have in mind.
We are finally in the bus, heading to Amsterdam. What a day. No other words to describe it: spring at its best!
Keukenhof is open only 8 weeks a year; check the schedule and also the weather in Holland before planning your visit. We visited it in mid-April and the tulips were in bloom.
There is a Keukenhof Express bus station right outside Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The bus takes you to the park entry in about 35 minutes, without any additional stops. We paid 24 € each for the Combi Ticket (bus ride + park entrance).
Happy travels and stay safe!