Last weekend, I went on a family trip here in the Netherlands. And is there anything that sounds more like a family weekend than a trip to a botanic garden? Probably not.
My mum picked me up in Utrecht and after a forty minute drive, we reached our destination: Keukenhof. I assume for many people out there this funny name doesn’t ring a bell. Keukenhof is a massive spring garden filled with a sea of tulips. More than seven million bulbs bloom in spring and shape the park into a colourful, utopian Wonderland. The place is very close to the city of Amsterdam, and to my surprise, it is visited by tourists all over the world. After I spent an entire day there, I can actually see why it is so popular among tourists and Dutch people.
If you love spring and nature in its full bloom, then you should definitely spare a weekend to visit the Keukenhof. The diversity of colours, the richness of smells and the showcase of Dutch culture offer a fun experience for young and old. Even if I’m not a big botanic garden fan, I have to say that my experience at the Keukenhof was definitely worth it. What makes this place so magical is not only the vast diversity of plants but how the different flowers are presented. It’s more of an artwork than a botanic exposition. You should pay close attention to the names of the flowers… I believe that sometimes the gardeners wanted to spice it up. 😉
The garden only opens eight weeks per year and the bulbs are supplied for free. Each year, Keukenhof follows a specific theme: this year the theme is “Dutch Design”. The park is open until the 21st May.