Keukenhof

As part of an epic road trip from Amsterdam to Paris we planned on stopping in Keukenhof.  It is only open 2 month a year as it is an expo on all Dutch bulbs, mostly Tulips.  We have had family and friends come here and seen may pictures on social media so we were excited about the pit stop.

Driving South from Amsterdam you find yourself quickly in some of the greenest farm country in the world.  Old and new windmills begin to appear all over on the horizon.  About 30 minutes from leaving the car rental place we leave the highway and start to see fields and fields of patchwork colors.  Commercial tulip fields as far as the eye can see.  A few minutes later we arrive at Keukenhof.

Since 1950 the park has been used as an independent showcase of Dutch flowering bulbs.  Over 7 million bulbs are planted each year, not to mention the trees and other flowering plants.  The park besides being a tourist attraction is a living catalogue of plants that can be ordered and shipped all over the world.  At the time of writing this post our tulip bulbs had not yet arrived as it is still summer and bulbs are shipped in the fall.

We only had a few hours here but one could spend a full day.  Besides the rows and rows of flowers here are some things that were highlights for our kids:

  • Petting Zoo
  • Kiosk that sold hot stroopwaffles, Belgian waffles and dutch hot chocolate
  • Climbing into a working windmill that overlooked the grounds and nearby commercial tulip fields
  • taking pictures of everything on their ipods
  • Keukenhof has a kids scavenger hunt that 2 out of 3 of our kids liked

The best way to show how cool it was is with pictures.  We would go back 100 times as it was so beautiful and enjoyable to be in the park.

 

 

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