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Keukenhof – Holland’s Tulip Garden

IMG_4745If you love Spring, pictures of animals and most importantly Tulips then today’s post is perfect for you.

In fact, I thought of sharing this with you while wandering around the tulip park in Holland that I let out a little scream of excitement at it all.

I wish I could have taken you all with for bright colors and just the sheer variety of this one kind of flower kept me at near hyperventilation mode almost the entire time.

Tulips you say, they’re just another flower. Hmmm, but you see a few years ago when I was texting my lifelong best friend about what she was doing with her son Boston at that time she said “planting a tulip garden.” To which I responded, “those were my favorite as a kid.” And she said “I know, they’re for you.”

So today’s post is dedicated to her. But I hope you all enjoy a snapshot of what you can find not too far away from the canals of Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

My favorite one

My favorite one

Yes, I’m not a gardener, but tulips, specifically red tulips with the red and yellow insides made me get bulbs and plant them and care for them every spring.

They’re kinda special and I can see why they are so valued to the Dutch.

Getting the right angle/Different shades

Getting the right angle/Different shades

The fields have begun blooming/Twins/Open show

The fields have begun blooming/Twins/Open show

There’s something special about being in a specific location just to see a whole bunch of flowers, but it’s also a peaceful place away from city chaos and filled with families.

Young kids

Young kids

In a line/Pig and Turkey in the animal enclosure

In a line/Pig and Turkey in the animal enclosure

If you have an afternoon available to visit this park it so worth worth the effort, just to understand the importance of these flowers to Holland.

Even if you don’t care for flowers or tulips in the slightest you will find yourself taking photos of your visit there. In the words of a fellow visitor the afternoon I was there “I’ve taken more photos of flowers here than the rest of my life.”

With the variety at hand you’ll want to capture more than one though.

Planter boxes/Flowering partners

Planter boxes/Flowering partners

Layers/Open and closed

Layers/Open and closed

Keukenhof is extremely easy to get to from Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

Via Rotterdam you want to catch any train in the direction of Amsterdam with a stop off in Leiden Central Station. From Leiden Central Station you can buy tickets for the bus ride and entry into the park (avoiding lines in the meantime) from the Visitor Center located across the street from the train station exit or from the convenience store just inside the station before the exit gates on your left. From there you need to catch the 854 bus which is located to the right – the sign will state the end direction is Keukenhof.

Alternatively if you are coming from Schipol airport which is only a 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam you can catch the 854 bus. The combination ticket costs €23 and will get you return bus journey’s from either Schipol or Leiden making the entire journey rather easy.

For further information on the park and details of what to find or how to get there via car here is the official link.

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