Today I’m hosting this superb shot from Keukenhof Flower Garden taken by Gabriela from I am Foodie Traveler Blog.
I have chosen this photo because it is my big dream to visit Keukenhof Flower Garden in Lisse, Netherlands or any other flower field for that matter.
I have seen so many beautiful pictures from there but somehow I never managed to be in the Netherlands during the tulip season, which takes places between mid-March and mid-May.
Most of the other flower fields in Netherland will cut flowers on the 30th of April, so have that in mind.
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Photo Story: Keukenhof Flower Garden
When I woke up this morning, I didn’t really plan to go to Keukenhof, it was supposed to be just another great day trip from Amsterdam.
I took the bike together with my boyfriend and we started pedalling without a destination, which was awesome, but not really my style.
So, we said, it’s the last month of the tulip gardens, which are around 30 km outside the city, let’s go.
Bear in mind that in April in the Netherlands, you don’t really have sunny warm days and that day, the sun has decided to shine so strong that there were 28 degrees it was the good occasion.
The trip which shouldn’t last more than 1 hour, took around 3 hours and when we finally got there, it was so crowded, that we contemplated not going inside.
However, the lands of tulips were there just under our noses and looking at the ones outside Keukenhof, we took the picture and in the end, we decided to go in for a visit.
Remember what I said about the Netherlands and sun? Well, one thing is sure, the weather here is totally unpredictable, therefore by 3 pm the weather changed to suddenly and became cloudy, almost rainy.
The garden was almost empty and we found this amazing spot behind the Mondriaan maze, that takes you to the separate fields.
You can’t imagine the beauty and the amazing flowery smell that was surrounding us, but since we weren’t sure if it’s legal to be there, we took the picture from the opposite side.
We didn’t want to leave, it was surreal how beautiful the land looked, but the inevitable Dutch thing happened and it started to rain. Bummer, we need to go!
We biked all the way back as fast as possible and by the time we got home, the rain stopped and the sun was out again.
Was it a sign to leave the flowers to contemplate or maybe we weren’t actually supposed to be in that spot? We will never know, but for sure we will go back next year.
Keukenhof Flower Garden, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands.
According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.
Keukenhof is located in South Holland, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. It is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol.
Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather. Check the website here.
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