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The Tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens

Lisse, Holland

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 Hyacinth fields – photo taken from a picnic spot in Keukenhof gardens

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I’m back from an 8-day, 3-country tourist guiding assignment and can’t wait to post my pics of Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, Keukenhof gardens, Copenhagen, Legoland and Malmo! It was drizzling half of the time and the average temperature was 5degreesC but we had a great time, nevertheless, especially yours truly who is a first time visitor to all these places except Amsterdam (although I got to know more of the city during this last visit!).

You might ask, how can one be a “tourist guide” to places she had never been before? It doesn’t make sense! Well, if you do your research very well, to which I did for days and days until my eyes began to swell, then you can be one! From the type of transport tickets to buy to the search for directions on how to get to places like Legoland and Keukenhof gardens and taking advantage of fare and ticket discounts if you are going as a group…

Now, let’s get your excitement going by looking at some photos of the sublime tulips and other spring flowers of Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, over an hour drive from Amsterdam. I’m telling you, if you have to plan a trip to the Netherlands, it has to be during the tulips season – from last week of March up to mid-May!

KEUKENHOF GARDENS
Facts and Figures

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It’s the most beautiful spring garden in the world

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Has won prizes as Europe’s most valued attraction
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It is one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands and has clocked up more than 44 million visitors in the last 60 years

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It is the largest bulb flower park in the world

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More than 2,500 trees in 87 varieties

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It is the most photographed place in the world

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There are 15 kilometers of footpaths

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It covers an area of 32 hectares 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties

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It is the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands

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Keukenhof is unique and famous throughout the world

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The bulbs are supplied by 91 Royal Warrant Holders

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7 million flower bulbs planted by hand

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If you feel like you have to have these exact varieties of tulips in your garden, say in America or Australia, you can order your bulbs on site at the end of your visit. The Keukenhof will then send you your  selected bulbs the following Autumn.

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 How to get there:

From Amsterdam:
From the Leidseplein/Museumplein you can take  the red Sternet bus 197 to Schiphol Airport (busses run 5-6 times per hour). At the Airport you can change to the Keukenhof bus 58.
You can buy your combitickets online or at the Tourist Information desk at the Trainstation and at Leidseplein.

From Schiphol Airport
The bus 58 runs on Monday till Friday 4 times an hour and in weekends even 8 times an hour and leaves Schiphol from the bus station at Schiphol Plaza bus. The journey to Keukenhof takes 35 minutes.