The Hague: Seeing the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens

Warning: this post contains more than the recommended daily limit of tulip photographs. Read further at your own risk!

Tulips are almost synonymous with The Netherlands, and not undeservedly. The Netherlands are the biggest exporter of tulips in the world and account for over 60% of all the world’s bulbs. Tourists flock to the Netherlands in spring to see fields and gardens of tulips of all colours. We were in The Hague for the May bank holiday to visit friends and, to be honest, we hadn’t even factored in that it was tulip season until we were already there. We decided to make a spontaneous trip to Keukenhof, the famous tulip garden.

It’s difficult to describe the sheer scale of the Keukenhof gardens and the myriad styles and colours of tulips. I was in photograph heaven! There are tulips in all colours – we even found the perfect colour match for Mark’s shirt. As well as the countless displays of tulips, there was a beautiful lake with banks blanketed in colour. We had a bit of fun running around the maze, seeing the windmill, looking out over the neighbouring tulip fields. There’s certainly plenty to see and points of interest amongst the flowers. We even found the hipster garden which was a great and hilarious idea. There were flowers planted into old beer crates, a guitar, bicycle, a block on which to chop wood, and other such hipster-ly items – and more tulips, of course!

Most of the tulips were in full bloom, although a few had started to go over as it was nearing the end of the season. You could see where some patches had been cut out where the tulips were obviously done for the year. But mostly the tulips were incredibly beautiful.

Tips for visiting Keukenhof

  • It’s worth getting tickets online to save queues for the gardens, although the queues didn’t seem too bad of you get there early. The main benefit is getting a ticket with return bus from the station included.
  • Get the train to Leiden Centraal and exit to the bus station. Buses to Keukenhof depart from the stop next to the bicycle parking and should be clearly marked.
  • When you get to Keukenhof, you can get a map at the entrance which shows the layout of the park.

We were so glad we went as it was a lovely way to enjoy the great weather. Going on the bank holiday Monday was a good idea as it isn’t a holiday in the Netherlands so was a little bit less busy. I imagine the weekends get absolutely packed.

Have you been to Keukenhof? What did you think?

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