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Keukenhof Holland to the tulip blossom

Tulips hyacinths and daffodils in Keukenhof Holland
Tulips hyacinths and daffodils in Keukenhof Holland
Tulips and other spring flowers in Keukenhof Holland
Tulips and other spring flowers in Keukenhof Holland

To the tulip blossom in Keukenhof Holland

Holland is a veritable sea of ​​tulips, hyacinths and daffodils from March to May. That's why the spring bloom is in Keukenhof in Lisse so popular. We have stayed here twice and loved it. Incidentally, there are also beautiful spring gardens in other countries, such as Noel in his report Spring Gardens of the World shows. This year, however, we take a whole day for the Keukenhof during our trip Flower corso in the Bollenstreek, That's a good thing, because we are already there shortly after the opening of the park. Therefore, we have the opportunity to see the park without the crowds of people bringing countless buses to the park during the day.

On the days of the flower parade, the number of visitors to Keukenhof also increased many times over. This year there were over 50.000 on the day of the flower parade. That is why special services are set up. On the evening of such visitor-intensive days, the Keukenhof even provides "bus search teams". These then help wandering passengers to find their bus again. Tulips are definitely addictive! We can sing a song about that too. However, this is not surprising given the variety of shapes and colors that breeders exhibit at Keukenhof.

A river of dwarf hyacinths and tulips in Keukenhof Holland
A river of dwarf hyacinths and tulips in Keukenhof Holland
Spring flowers in different variations in Keukenhof Holland
Spring flowers in different variations in Keukenhof Holland
Stuffed tulips in Keukenhof Holland
Stuffed tulips in Keukenhof Holland
Tulips more reminiscent of cabbage than flowers
Tulips more reminiscent of cabbage than flowers
Tulips with fringe edges in Keukenhof Holland
Tulips with fringe edges in Keukenhof Holland
Carolus Clusius
Carolus Clusius

Walk through the Keukenhof Holland

But we do not need a bus search squad. Instead, we set off to get to know Keukenhof better with Mieke. She is one of the park's guides who show visitors the park every year during the Tulip Months. As it turns out, that's necessary too. That is why we see many new corners of the park, which we had not discovered in the past year. Among them is, for example, the historic garden, where original tulips can be seen. This includes even European, but so inconspicuous that they are hardly noticeable in addition to the cultivated varieties of the park.

Who was Carolus Clusius?

In this part of the park is also a statute of Carolus Clusius, an avid amateur botanist. It was he who once brought tulip bulbs from the Ottoman Empire to Europe. He worked as a doctor at the Viennese Court and was later called to the University of Leiden. That's why he brought the tulips to Holland. In Leiden he also laid the Hortus botanicus a garden for research purposes, located on the grounds of the University.

In the Japanese Garden in Keukenhof Holland
In the Japanese Garden in Keukenhof Holland
Almost black tulips
Almost black tulips

The Japanese Garden in Keukenhof Holland

He doesn't really want to fit into the Tulip Sea. But it does exist: the Japanese garden at Keukenhof. Mieke leads us on winding paths under delicate maple leaves: "Actually, the most important color in a Japanese garden is green," she explains. Here, however, the maple trees provide shade and coolness to colorful groups of tulips. You can also feel a sense of calm here, which disappeared around noon in the rest of the Keukenhof.

By boat through the tulip fields
By boat through the tulip fields
Tulips in flames
Tulips in flames

By boat through the breeding fields in Keukenhof Holland

Therefore, after lunch at the windmill of the Keukenhof Holland, we transfer to one of the boats. They drive their passengers on the canals through the tulip fields. At the gates of the park and the exhibition grounds of the Keukenhof are some of the breeding fields on which the tulip bulbs are bred. Now the plants bloom and give the breeders the opportunity to sort out possible mutations. Therefore, they can provide buyers of onions exactly the color they order.

We can already see the tractors that are traveling in the fields. They cut off the flowers so that the power of the plant flows into the onion. Therefore, they become the bulbous tulip bulbs that we buy in the shop. In autumn, these are then harvested and shipped all over the world. Young offshoots that result from this will serve as onion bulbs for the onion cultivation in the coming year.

Everything about (and for) tulips


Travel Arrangements:

Getting there

KLM and Lufthansa fly to Amsterdam. From there it's easy to continue by bus. That is how you experience it Keukenhof without queuing from Amsterdam *.
Cars:
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Keukenhof Holland

Stationsweg 166A
2161 AM Lisse

Opening hours 2019:

21. March to 19. May, daily from 8 to 18 pm
In 2019 the park's motto is "Flower Power"

Excursions from Amsterdam and sightseeing tours:

These so called Excursions and sightseeing tours * You can also conveniently book through our partner Get Your Guide. Under this link you also get tickets without queuing (highly recommended!).

Accommodation in the surroundings of Keukenhof

Hotels, apartments and other accommodation around Keukenhof * You can book through our partner booking.com at this link. At the time of the tulip blossom Lisse is usually sold out. We therefore recommend a reservation very much. Also, look for accommodations nearby. This saves you a lot of time. Because at the opening time of the Keukenhofs there is also a lot of business in the surrounding area. However, the shorter your journeys, the more pleasant the stay.


More tips from travel bloggers

We were on a blogger trip in Keukenhof. Therefore, you can read here what the other travel bloggers have published about it:

And if you want to see more flower photos, then look at the Blog Parade of The Travel Owl .

Source: own research on site. We thank you KLM for the journey, Olympia Charters for the overnight stay in the houseboat and the Keukenhof for the friendly invitation and Meike for the interesting tour.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Outdoor pleasure
    | Reply

    Sit here in Hopfgarten and start tomorrow on the KAT-Walk. Come with the table neighbors into conversation and they rave about the Keukenhof, because we had to spontaneously think of you.

    Greeting Silke & Thomas

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Silke, dear Thomas,

      We would be very pleased if you immediately think about our reporting during a conversation about the Keukenhof. Thank you very much for the nice comment.

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

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