I cannot describe nor capture on camera the beauty I found at the Keukenhof Tulip Festival in Holland.
Millions of tulips painted the grounds of the park and surrounding fields in perfect rows of vivid pinks, yellows, reds, purples and oranges. The sights, spanning farther than the eye could see, could take your breath away, but your nose wouldn’t allow it after catching a whiff of the intoxicating aroma of the sweet flowers and fresh spring air.
You too can take this all in with a day trip to Holland. There are many festivals happening now through May 18 in the region.
I visited Keukenhof Holland just outside the town of Lisse. The drive took just under four-and-a-half hours, and Amsterdam is only 30 miles away.
Many parked in the large lot on the grounds, but we found a free place in the town center and took the 15-minute walk over. The town itself is very charming with tulip art and tulips a-plenty in the baskets of passing bicycles. We even passed tulip fields as we approached the festival.
The tickets into the garden cost 15 Euro each, but it was worth it! I would, however, recommend pulling out Euro before arriving, because I couldn’t find an ATM anywhere. You’ll want pocket money as you explore the grounds as souvenirs, refreshments and even cheese is available for purchase.
We wandered the gardens for hours warming in the sun and leisurely strolling past flowers, fountains, benches and rivers. The landscape is so meticulously manicured; I couldn’t find a blade of grass out of place. The gardens also featured a petting zoo, flower displays and a canal ride.
This could be a romantic date or a relaxing family outing. If this isn’t on your list of things to do, you may want to add it.
I would recommend everyone come tip-toe through the tulips in Holland.