So many famous places in Europe are re-born in the spring. You may have visited the Eiffel Tower, but have you visited it in the spring?
You may have been to Amsterdam, but have you travelled there in spring?
And you may have been to London… but have you mooched around the city in spring???
There’s a reason I ask, and that’s because these places – and more – have a complete revival in spring. They are an even better version of themselves.
In Paris, the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by a beautiful haze of pink cherry blossom, making the place look so romantic and peaceful that you’ll find many people take a picnic and sit there for hours, just taking it all in.
In London, many cafés become full of flowers, not to mention the famous flower displays outside cafes such as Drunch in Mayfair where you’ll find endless people enjoying a coffee in the spring sun, and Aubaine, where flowers drip from the ceiling.
And in the Netherlands, you’ll find various places to go see tulips and other flowers bloom at this time of year – fields and fields of endless beautifully coloured flowers!
Of course, these aren’t the only places that come alive when spring rolls around, but they’re the places in Europe that are the most famous, and for good reason – it’s amazing to see!
Visit Keukenhof Gardens, Holland – the Garden of Europe 🌸🌸🌸
Now, onto Keukenhof! Described as the ‘Garden of Europe‘, this place is chock-full of bright, multi-coloured flowers – tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more – all in bloom to create the most amazing technicolour garden.
But not only that, the garden is in an area called Lisse, which is a town in South Holland known for its endless fields of tulips being grown to sell in the spring season.
Keukenhof Gardens and the surrounding area of Lisse is particularly famous in Europe for its incredible displays – after all, there aren’t many places you can go to see stripy fields of different coloured tulips!
So, if you’re thinking of heading to Lisse this year, (as I did last week), here are my tips for making the most of your trip!
1. Go early
With such touristy places, early morning is the best time. It avoids the rush, it gives you space to take photos if that’s important to you, and it means if you have any problems getting to the location, you won’t end up arriving too late even if you have to make a detour or whatever.
We actually arrived around 11am and it wasn’t unbearable. But it would have been easier if we’d arrived earlier.
Pro tip: Check the schedule for the bus that goes to Lisse (click here to see an easy route planner). It’s a shuttle bus from Schipol train station straight to Keukenhof (costs 10€ for a return ticket). Try to take the earliest one you can.
2. On a budget? Skip the gardens
If you’re travelling on a tight budget it can sometimes mean that limiting spending impacts on what you’re able to do. The good news is that when you visit Keukenhof, you can get actually see more by spending less! After all, it’s not just the gardens that you pay to get into that are beautiful.
You can easily save money by renting a bike and riding around the area (which is what we did). With tickets to the garden being 18€ and renting a bike for 3 hours being 10€, you actually get more for your money AND it’s way more fun than fighting your way through crowds.
How can you say no to whizzing around endless fields of flowers and rivers, passing cute houses and shouting “hallo!” to all the locals? It’s an unbeatable experience. Just make sure you have water and snacks in your bag!
Pro tip: The Keukenhof bike rental place (literally 1 min walk from Keukenhof Gardens) has leaflets with cycle routes on, with varying lengths of time for each route. Follow one of these routes – and go out as far as you can for the best views!
3. Buy your ticket online
If you do want to go into the gardens, buy your tickets online before you go! It’s cheaper that way (and you skip the lines). You’ll also need to buy a ticket for the carpark if you’re driving.
4. Wear appropriate clothes!
If you are going to be hiring a bike and cycling around the area, it’s best to wear the right clothes. I know many of us girls like to dress fabulous in heeled boots and whatnot, but there are so many people and so many roads to cycle along that wearing the wrong footwear or clothes could create an accident… and make the whole experience a lot more stressful. There are a LOT of fields to see so wear flat shoes so you can pedal like mad!
Pro tip: White shoes will get super dusty when cycling (take a look at the pic of me just above this!) — if you want them to look super fresh in photos take some baby wipes!
5. Visit Keukenhof on a weekday
It’s quietest on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It’s also less busy before 10.30am and after 4pm (after 4pm you’ll also get the sunset view ….!!)
The park is open from 21 March 2019 – 19 May 2019 from 08:00 – 19:30.
Other important info
• If you have a lot of bags, there are FREE lockers.
• YES, you can take your dog! But they must be on a lead. There are even free bags for cleaning up after them.
• Wheelchair access is available, or you can rent one. There are also toilet and disabled toilets 👍
Are you going to visit Keukenhof soon? Or did you already go? It’s definitely one not to miss! 😍