I took nearly 400 photos at the gardens, and I’ve managed to pare that down to about 40 photos to post here. Whew!
Two quick tips on getting there:
- Depending on the timing of your flight, it might make sense to go straight to the Keukenhof from Schiphol airport. To get to the Keukenhof from Amsterdam, you have to go to Schiphol airport and catch the shuttle from there. In retrospect, I realized that since I arrived at 10.30am on the first day of my trip, it might have made sense to chuck my stuff in a locker at the airport and go straight to the garden. Schiphol isn’t far from Centraal, but roundtrip fare costs €8.10, and it seemed silly that on a three-day trip I passed through the airport four times! So it might be economical in terms of time and money to plan an arrival or departure time that incorporates a trip to the garden, if you’re planning to go during your stay in Amsterdam.
- Also, the Keukenhof website offers a combination ticket that includes entry to the garden and roundtrip shuttle service for €21, which is what I did.
I would have tried harder to remember the names of the flowers, but the signage was confusing—it seemed like the flowers had three names each! So with few exceptions, there’s not much narrative to add, just eye candy to enjoy!
I liked the name, “white magic,” for these flowers. The small sprigs wound mystically around the tree like fairy dust. A very evocative display of the flower and its name!
But of course—it wouldn’t be the Netherlands without a windmill! You can go inside the windmill and look out from the deck to the nearby tulip fields.
The sun only peeked out every so often, but it makes such a difference for the photos. The sunlight brings out all the colors and contours, so whenever the sun came out I scrambled to take as many photos as I could.
There’s no doubt that it takes a lot of hard work to make these gardens so amazing. The proof is in the pudding!
I love these peach-colored flowers!! I think they might have been my favorite, certainly for color if not for shape.
Do you have a fave? Let me know in the comments!