First Stop- Netherlands
Keukenhof in Holland was my first stop on a much-awaited Europe trip, and I all remember is my restfeber. Peeking out from an airplane window I could see the airline tagline which said “Faster than road or rail”, well wasn’t it obvious? But I think that was just a start. Soon after landing I got a trailer of non-obvious Netherlands. Hold your horses, no need to imagine when I have pictorial proofs!
Be that the bunch of bald guys photo bombing my every single selfie or cute KLM ticket booking office made from the old airplane or a group up for bachelorette party dressed as a penis, either everything was from another world or I was!
- look at the group behind!
From Schiphol airport to Lisse Keukenhof:
Morning at Schiphol airport was rapid and moving. With no check-in luggage, we could save a lot of time and we directly headed to the exit 4 for the bus to Keukenhof, Lisse. Happy volunteers guide you towards the exact bus stop, just stay away from people asking you for taxi hire.
From exit 4 of Schiphol airport, walk on right-hand footpath until you see the big tulip statue and that’s the bus stop you want! it’s that simple. We bought the combined pass for bus and Keukenhof garden on board, and within 20 minutes after landing we were on our way to Lisse.
We saw plenty of endless tulip fields on the way, many of them are royal suppliers of tulips for the display in the Keukenhof. It was nice to know that Keukenhof isn’t the only place near Amsterdam to have a tulip overdose, you can explore these individual farms as well.
Keukenhof entrance is always stuffed with groups and guided tours or groups taking team pictures and you often get asked to click one so be ready 🙂
Big size lockers for luggage were available at the entry which made our trotting simple. With little carryovers such as camera and phone, we were ready to explore one of the largest flower parks- Keukenhof, Holland.
Just after we entered, we were greeted by a volunteer wearing traditional Dutch costume, distributing park map which is available in every language. Depending on the time you have, you can set the priorities for the spots you want to visit.
- Maps were distributed by a lady in a traditional Dutch costume at Keukenhof
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, the park is pretty huge. Don’t forget to visit a windmill located at east end of the park, the views from the top of the windmill were breathtaking. For more romantic experience take a boat tour around the garden which starts from the windmill area. Also the indoor flower exhibition area “Willem Alexander” is a must-see for out of the world flower decor.
Delicately designed by garden designers, Keukenhof kept us surprising with colors. I was immersing myself in the gorgeous weather and mood brightening hues. A stroll through rainbow which made me smile. I had an eye on waffle store near the windmill, it was a total treat after a long walk. With picture-perfect tulip views and with a bite of Duch waffle I was relishing the Dutch rituals.
Pictures don’t do the justice and words fail to transport the beauty of Keukenhof. My first day in Amsterdam was a total delight with a flower power, indeed an unforgettable day.
Practical information about Keukenhof
- The park is open just for the springtime ( usually from the end of March to mid-May) from 08:00 to 19:30.
- Free wifi is available inside.
- You can avail services like touring cars and renting bicycles right at the entrance. Dedicate an entire day to this dreamland experience. After a tiring day visit, you won’t have much energy to visit any other destination, I remember all I wanted was a high-calorie dinner and loads of sleep 🙂
- Souvenir shops and good restaurants/food stalls are available inside. If you feel that the souvenirs are bit expensive, you can buy almost everything in Amsterdam city center.