Is the tulips worth visiting at Keukenhof?

Is the tulips worth visiting at Keukenhof?

    To be honest, I felt scammed by this part of our trip. Or did I just not do much research and rely more on what my brain visually expects based on previous photos I see of fields of tulips in the Netherlands?

    A quick google search shows me this…could you blame me for expecting the same??

    Looking back and gathering resources for this blog post (2 years after…haha) my answer would remain the same, I’d sadly admit the latter one. Why? Because this is what can be seen on their freakin’ website, loud and clear!

    yeah, the manicured fields of tulips you can walk around, admire, and take photos with😊

    Well, being the one responsible for researching places we’ll visit during this trip, I knew I wanted us to see those fields of tulips. Who wouldn’t when you know the Netherlands is like the land of tulips? We wouldn’t want to miss that chance. I honestly can’t remember how I did my research during that time and how I ended up with such kind of expectations.

    Anyways, to cut this story short, what you can expect or rather how I felt Keukenhof was like being in an amusement park such as Disneyland but having a bunch of manicured tulips to take photos with instead of rides. They even had a map similar to any other amusement park you would go to! haha. This is free to download from their website.

    So, to not make this blog post like a rant, let’s add some positivity, despite us feeling we paid too much for the tickets and didn’t get to fill in the expectations we had..hahaha…so much so for positivity, huh! But really, I enjoyed admiring those tulips and taking photos with it! Here are some details on how to go and what to expect from Keukenhof if you love tulips and want to spend a day admiring them!

    There are a few ways to get there. We chose the Leiden Central Station as that’s the nearest one to the place we stayed. We took a bus (got a free ride again! – this is for another story) then took the train. When we reached the bus stop for bus 854, we were given a tip by an Indonesian guy manning the queue at the bus stop to buy our tickets from a certified shop a few minutes down the road so we could save money from booking fees. 😉

    After a quick walk to the shop and back in queue for the bus and were on our way to Keukenhof! Another thing we admire here in Europe is how pet-friendly their public transportation is. Along with us humans are dogs with their owners ready to enjoy the fields of tulips. You can hear a faint gasp of excitement from us and fellow tourists when our bus passes by a field of tulips as if saying, I can’t wait!

    And so we arrived and walked and walked. And took photos after photos to justify that Eur 30 ticket! We took more photos than we needed to actually and as usual others were not that amused (check out the last photo to understand what I mean)

    Tickets could be availed online or through the ticket office. Bus tickets are return tickets and you get to choose which return bus to ride on. It doesn’t necessarily mean you came from Leiden Central, you’ll need to ride the bus back to Leiden Central as well. In our case, our itinerary was to head to Amsterdam after Keukenhof, so we took bus 852 afterward and saved time and transport from Leiden to Amsterdam.

    Additional Tips that I hope I read and knew before our trip:

    • Flowering at Keukenhof parallels in nature. They can’t say in advance which is the best time to visit, so hold on to your expectations.
    • Enjoy Keukenhof in peace by visiting during non-peak hours: before 10:30 and after 16:00.
    • You can take a cruise along the fields of tulips (which of course depends on when nature lets it bloom) called Whisper Boat. Tickets can be ordered from here.
    how cool is this?! Hope to experience this on our next visit and hopefully come at the right time when tulips are in full bloom

    I guess that’s all I can share with you about our Keukenhof trip! Despite our expectations not being met, I guess it’s still a must-visit attraction that the Netherlands has to offer for flower (tulips in particular) lovers/enthusiasts.

    And oh, before I forget, this is a child-friendly place to visit. The park itself isn’t that big or too small. Tickets are bought with timing so the park won’t be that crowded. There’s a play area and maze that kids can enjoy. Our girls loved it! You can also enjoy some food/snacks available for sale inside.

    Take it easy guys! ♥️

    To be honest, I felt scammed by this part of our trip. Or did I just not do much research and rely more on what my brain visually expects based on previous photos I see of fields of tulips in the Netherlands? Looking back and gathering resources for this blog post (2 years after…haha) my…

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