VISITING THE KEUKENHOF FESTIVAL
This year London Wildflower visited the stunning Keukenhof festival in the Netherlands, a short journey from Amsterdam. The Keukenhof is commonly referred to the 'Garden of Europe' and it's clear to see why! With over 7 million bulbs in bloom, there are flowers as far as the eye can see.
The immaculate landscaped gardens heavily feature the national flower of the Netherlands: the tulip. With the festival period finishing on 21st May, we'd highly recommend getting over to Lisse to see the stunning displays!
HOW MUCH TIME YOU NEED
The park is open from 8am to 7.30pm. We spent around 5 hours exploring the park and managed to see everything, from the outdoor maze, to the 'Tulpomania' exhibition telling the story of the tulip and all the landscaped gardens. We recommend at least half a day to fully explore - don't forget to grab a map at the start of the exhibition to help you navigate the vast gardens.
- Take a picnic to enjoy in the gardens
- If at all possible choose to go on a sunny day, the sun really does make the floral colours pop!
- Take the whole family: from little ones to grannies, there is something for everyone to appreciate. Children are well catered for with a petting zoo and adventure trail. There are also excellent disabled facilities with the option to rent an electric wheelchair for €10, info here.
- If you have a suitcase with you, there are lockers available. Alternatively there are large lockers available at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Tickets are available to purchase here.
From Amsterdam the Keukenhof has vast numbers of buses departing roughly every 15 minutes - you can buy a combi ticket which include bus tickets, or train and bus tickets. Parking spaces are available for €6. More info here.