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Keukenhof reopens for 2014 season

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The Keukenhof, which is the best place to go and see the tulips that the Dutch are famous for, has re-opened for the 2014 season. It is a short trip from Amsterdam, and the theme for the gardens this year is ‘Holland’, so tulips will definitely be taking the centre stage this year. 

When is the best time to go?

The Keukenhof is open from the 20th March to the 18th May, and the question of the best time to go is always a little difficult to predict – go too early and the tulips might not all be in bloom (depending on how the winter has been), or go too late and many of them will have been cut in preparation for the following year.

From my experience, I would say don’t leave it too late, like Michiel and I did in 2012. In 2013 we went towards the middle of April, and there were a lot more flowers. Flower Village Lisse was kind enough to give me a rough idea of the best time to go each year.

 

The view from the windmill at the Keukenhof with flowers:

The view without flowers:

Practical information

How much does it cost?

The cost of an adult ticket is EUR15, however, if you are planning on coming by public transport the smartest thing that you can do is to get a combi ticket which includes return train travel from Amsterdam to Schipol, and a return bus ride for only EUR28. If you are travelling from Schipol it will only cost you EUR23. Tip: You will need to print off your ticket for the train and bus rides, so be organised and book ahead.

What should I expect?

You might think that the Keukenhof is fields of tulips that you can walk around in, like I did when I went for my first visit. In actual fact, it’s a beautiful spring garden, with several different areas, flower shows, places to eat, and  many different flowers (though its main focus is the tulip.) I went with my Nan when she visited for her 80th birthday, and she totally loved it. It’s perfect for families too.

How long does it take to explore?

Each time I have gone, I’ve spent half a day there – though many people stay for the whole day. I think it all depends on the weather, and how tired you will get when you’re strolling around.

Outside the Keukenhof you can hire a bike, and go off exploring yourself if you prefer to, though the queues for this can get long, and waiting times can vary depending on your arrival time.

 

What do you think? Will you be visiting the Keukenhof this year? I would love to hear about it.

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