As a student I liked geography. I wasn’t interested in currency the country used, its export commodities or form of government (well, unless it was a monarchy, in which case, it seemed quite interesting). What I loved to know were the tidbits about the country. Those were much easier to remember. To this day The Netherlands for me is a synonym for cheese, windmills, wooden shoes, bicycles, water canals, and tulips.
Few year back, we rented a small boat and cruised northern part of the Netherlands, called Friesland. It was the first time I visited the Netherlands (except a day trip to Amsterdam a few months before) and it was everything I imagined the Netherlands will be. We stopped in all small villages we went through, met friendly skippers, sampled different kinds of Dutch cheese, road bicycles (for a few minutes), and took pictures of countless windmills. The only thing missing were the tulips.
Welcome to Keukenhof
The season of tulips in around mid-April and this year we finally made it to one of the world’s largest flower gardens – Keukenhof. Keukenhof is situated in a town called Lisse in south Holland, just a few hours drive from Brussels. It’s the place to be to admire beautiful, colorful, blooming tulips.
The weather forecast for last Sunday was unbelievably dream-like – sunny with temperatures in low twenties. We rented a car and left Brussels early in the morning to arrive at the Keukenhof before noon. We spend almost five hours walking through the garden admiring its beauty. The garden was packed with people of all ages and nations, whole families having a picnic. Everyone was taking zillions of pictures, mesmerized and hypnotized by the beauty all around.
Keukenhof is open only few weeks a year, from mid-March to mid-May and it’s a must-see if you are in the Netherlands. It’s a beautiful place where you can spend a whole day without a problem. The garden is well equipped with restaurants, cafes, shops, playground for children and even a maze, windmill and boat tours on canals around neighboring flower fields.
We loved it there. It was perfect Sunday trip and we hope next year we’ll convince some of our friends to visit us in Brussels around this time of year and we’ll go visit Keukenhof together.
Few pictures from our time at Keukenhof…
Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂