netherlands

This is my first ever blog and first part of the Netherlands trip .We (my husband and I) had been to the Netherlands this spring. It is a beautiful country with flat landscape (highest point is 10 meters), tulip fields,windmills, bikes and canals. I’m going to start with my favorite; Tulips. Keukenhof gardens and tulip fields around Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden; beautiful beyond words!

Here are our experiences…

Keukenhof

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Keukenhof is a beautiful sea of tulips

Keukenhof garden is very colourful like postcard pictures.you can spend hours in the garden.The real fun was to  explore tulip fields around. You can either hire a bicycle or go for a boat ride. We did both! The boat trip was, well oh-so-touristy, but good experience nevertheless.20160412_103045

Best part is when you bike around the tulip fields (you can hire the orange bike near the parking lot for  € 10), you can stop whenever you want & see the fields and spend some quality time taking pictures. You just have to follow the route in the map which they provide when you hire a bike. The 25 km route is better than 5 & 10 km route so that you can see more and more beautiful fields.

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Cycling fun at the Keukenhof
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Lots of Photo Opportunities

It takes 1 hour to reach Keukenhof from Amsterdam.The best way to get there is to take a direct public transport bus no. 858 from Schiphol Airport.

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Direct bus no.585 to Keukenhof

We went by bus the first time and again after 2 days since we couldn’t have enough of those gorgeous tulip fields. We drove over to Keukenhof for exploring more fields. It is about an hour’s drive from Amsterdam.

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It is a beautiful drive to the Keukenhof!

Best time to visit: Mid-March to mid-May, end of April for full bloom. Timings are from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. Last entry is allowed at 6:00 pm.

Cost: Garden entry is €16. It is not covered by museumkaart, you can use your gold ticket of Holland card. For public transport, you can use 24 hours free transport ticket in Holland card or you can buy combiticket which includes park entry and a round trip.

Direct tour buses are also available from Amsterdam Central Station. But with that you can spend only  3 hours in the park. So if you have the time, I would suggest you go by public transport and spend lot of time in and around the park.

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This is my first ever blog and 1st part of the netherlands trip .We,(me and my husband) had been to the Netherlands this spring, beautiful country with flat landscape (highest point is 10 meters),tulip fields,windmills,bikes n canals post.I m gonna start with my favorite TULIPS-keukenhof gardens and tulip fields around ,keukenhof is the worlds largest flower garden , beautiful beyond words

Here are our excerpts…

Keukenhof:

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Keukenhof garden is the largest flower garden in the world open for only 2 months in spring.It is located in the town of Lisse & there are millions of tulips in and around this village .20160414_17530220160414_18000620160414_16521220160414_16393420160414_16373820160414_16370420160412_11275520160412_12354720160412_12393520160412_12412520160412_12462520160412_12485520160412_13035520160412_15231720160412_15244020160412_15485520160412_154951

Keukenhof garden is very colourful like postcard pictures.you can spend hours in the garden.The real fun was to  explore tulip fields around,you can either hire bike or go for a boat ride .we did both .Boat trip was ,well ohh so touristy but good experience nevertheless .Best part was when you bike around the tulip fields (  you can hire the orange Bike from near the parking lot for  10euro ) ,you can stop whenever you want n see the fields n spend some time there taking pictures.you just have to follow the route in the map which they provide when u hire a bike.25km route is better than 5 n 10km so that u can see good fields.

it takes 1hr to reach keukenhof from Amsterdam.best way is to take a direct public transport bus(no 858) from schiphol airport

We went by bus the first time and again after 2 days since we coudnt have enough of those gorgeous tulip fields  we drove over   to keukenhof for exploring more fields  ( it takes about 1hr drive from amsterdam ).2016-04-12 14.55.202016-04-12 14.34.142016-04-12 14.33.542016-04-12 14.26.142016-04-12 14.06.372016-04-12 14.04.162016-04-12 12.30.472016-04-12 10.03.36

Best time to visit: Mid March to mid may,end of April for full bloom,timing 8:00-19:30,last entry at 18:00

cost:16euros, not covered by museumkaart,you can use your gold ticket of holland card and for public transport,you can use 24hrs free transport ticket in hoolland card or you can buy combiticket which includes park entry and round trip

direct tour buses are also available from amsterdam central station but with that you can spend only  3 hours in the park.

so if you have time,i would suggest to go by public transport and spend lot of time in and around the park.

Floraholland Aalsmeer flower auction:If you want to do something offbeat,visit this worlds largest flower auction.i loved it.i can still feel the heavenly fragrance of millions of flowers as you enter building.there are elevated walkways over trainloads of freshly cut flowers.try to reach before 9:30 to see the auction.auction closes down by 11:00.on thursday it closes at 9:oo.

getting there:Connexxion bus no 172 ffrom amsterdam central station.it takes aroud 1 hour to reach there

cost-6euro monday to friday

On 1st day of keukenhof I wanted to wear something very comfortable coz biking was already on our mind.so I chose to wear comfortable denim overalls with red jacket. 2nd time since we went in a car specially to keukenhof for good

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