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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
October 12, 2013
From journal This is truly a cosmopolitan state
OX9 3XZ, England, United Kingdom
May 13, 2011
September 21, 2010
Cary, North Carolina
April 27, 2009
From journal Amster-DAM That Was Fun!
Boca Raton, Florida
August 2, 2007
From journal Amsterdam Tulip Show
December 28, 2006
From journal The Netherlands - All Things That Are Dutch
San Francisco, California
May 7, 2006
From journal Delft, Keukenhof, and Other Places in Zuid Holland
Warwick, United Kingdom
July 18, 2005
From journal Valkenburg
April 26, 2005
From journal Perfect day for tulips at the Keukenhof
New York, New York
April 11, 2005
Keunkenhof receives about 800,000 visitors during this 7-week showcase with more than 7 million flowers in 1,000 variations planted and blooming. The bulbs are supplied by over 100 companies and planted by over 30 gardeners starting at the end of September. To be honest, although we aren’t tour-type people, the best and most economical way to get here is through a tour. Basically, they pick you up right outside of Central Station/Dam Square and drop you off at the gates of Keunkenhof. Your entrance is paid and you have 4.5 or 5.5 hours (depending on which tour you choose) to roam. We felt that the 4-hour tour was plenty, and that gave us 2.5 hours inside the actual park. It gave us time to enjoy the gardens and greenhouses and take plenty of pictures. We even had time to get something to eat. I will say that bringing food with you, like a couple of sandwiches, is advisable, as the selection here seemed very overpriced.
We went during the opening week at the end of March, and there was plenty to see, but still only about 20% of the grounds were in bloom, mostly hyacinths, daffodils, crocus, and narcissi. We are told that everything is in full bloom at the end of April.
Bicycles are available for rent, and wheelchairs can be reserved in advance. It’s nice that all of the grounds are handicap accessible via a large street-like path so no one has to miss out.
In addition to the grounds, there are floral exhibits on display inside each of the four pavilions. This is where they had all of the different tulips and many other flowers. I would be amazed if anyone other than a botanist would be able to name half of these flowers.
There are fountains, benches, lakes with swans, peacocks (see picture) – you name it – this park has it, with a completely serene feeling. Of course, there is a charge for the bathroom, 0.25€, like most of Europe, so be prepared. There are several little shops selling everything from tulip bulbs to postcards, videos of Holland and Keukenhof, and potted plants. It’s good for all ages. If you travel with a tour bus, the admission and parking is included. Otherwise, parking your car will cost an additional 4€. We booked through the Holland Tour Company, which has offices in Leidensplein Square. It was convenient, and we booked and paid for the tickets the day before.
From journal Three Days in the Dam