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.
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.
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 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
- Do you have your own garden or do you like to plant tulips yourself? Here you will find Tulip bulbs of different types * to plant yourself
- Do tulips wither too fast? Artificial tulips * stay fresh in the long term.
- Tulips look their best when arranged in the right vase. Here you will find Tulip vases * in all forms.
- Everything, what you can know about tulips *
- Beautify your home with Tulips decoration *
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:
- Simone discovered by nach-holland.de Millions of tulips in the Keukenhof.
- It is for Nicole von Freibeuter Reisen the absolute tulip madness.
- Claudia von Claudi around the world bathes in the Keukenhof in Tulpen.
- Katharina of Netherlands blog raves about the tulip blossom.
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
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