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“Good way to do a quick visit to Keukenhof during flight stopover”
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Keukenhof
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Keukenhof Gardens Direct Entrance Ticket
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Lisse
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The most beautiful spring garden in the world! Over 7 million bulbs will bloom in spring. An unique, unforgettable experience. NOW CLOSED. OPEN FROM 21 MARCH - 19 MAY 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

My husband and I flew from Hong Kong to South America for a vacation and we had to stopover in Amsterdam for our connecting flight. I had not thought of visiting Keukenhof (which have been my dream garden) when I booked the air-ticket as we flew on 17 May, which was very late in general to see the tulips (the tulips are usually gone by early May). But due to the late spring this year, we discovered that the tulips were still visible on our day of visit (17 May). We also wanted to see the flower fields but unfortunately we knew that the tulips began to be headed on 11 May (according to updates on websites) so by the time we arrived, the flower fields were probably gone. Our transit time was weird, as we arrived at around 5 a.m. and our next flight was at 12:30 p.m., which means we had to be at the airport for boarding the latest at 10:45 a.m. Keukenhof is only open at 8 a.m. and if we took the first bus that starts at 8 a.m. as well, we would not have much time left for seeing the garden, and of course no time to see the tulip fields (which we hope one or two fields remained). Another problem is to wait for the bus to return to the aiport, which is notorious for the long queue. To avoid any possibility of missing our flight and to maximize our time of seeing the garden and the fields, we booked a taxi (Taxi van Dalfsen) in advance on the internet. We picked this taxi company cos they gave us a very reasonable price relative to other taxi companies and Ton, our driver, was really very good. He waited for us at the arrival hall before 6 a.m. and once we went through the immigration and custom, we were picked up and he drove us to try to find the remaining flower fields. On our way we saw that most of the fields were barren and after quite some time, he managed to find 3 to 4 fields with flowers remaining. We were so happy with that. He stopped the car and let us take as many photos as we wanted in every field. He then drove us to the Keukenhof garden and we were the first customers of that day. Since the garden was empty in the early morning, we managed to take many good photos without the crowd. Ton waited for us outside the garden and drove us back to the aiprot at 10:15 a.m. (we arrived at around 10:45 a.m.) which was perfect for us to catch the connecting flight. So we ended up spending more than 2 hours in the garden and around one and a half hour on the fields. That's truly a bonus to our South American vacation, and a great one. We thus highly recommend people hoping to pay a short visit to Keukenhof next year during their short transit time to consider this mode of visiting the flower fields and the garden.

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Since the six week season was just wrapping up when we made it to Amsterdam this year, we made sure to incorporate a visit to Keukenhof at the beginning of our trip. SO glad we did not miss it!

From the moment you got within the final 15 miles or so, there was bumper to bumper traffic (which we took to be a good sign). In no way were we disappointed! The cold spring meant that the tulips and other flowers were still at their peak, and we were there on May 19.

There were flowers everywhere - in pots, gardens, displays, around sculptures. Everything in the place would have made a good photo. Luckily this was the best weather day of our trip, too, and we got to spend plenty of quality time snapping photos.

I would encourage people to take a bus (we took one from Leiden) because parking is at a premium and we were able to buy a combo ticket that included the Keukenhof entry. This way you get let off right at the front gates and you can enter with no delay. Bonus: You can enjoy watching the the farmland, windmills, and tulip farms go past en route.

This trip to Keukenhof was one of our top two most memorable places during the eight days we spent in the Netherlands. We would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank MJandDC
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We were there on May 10, and I would have to say the garden was at its peak. There are about 7 million bulbs in full bloom, the garden is 79 acres (so allow plenty of time for wandering around), and there are about 100 works of art scattered about. There are numerous flowering shrubs and trees too. It is only open for two months of the year, so plan your trip to be there when the garden is open. It's about a 45 minute drive outside of Amsterdam, but there are busses at Central Station that will get you there. Make sure to stop in the exhibit hall. When we were there, there were 1,000 lilies, astilbes, hydrangeas, etc. on display. This was my favorite part of my holiday in The Netherlands.

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank Carrol D
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

If you ever get to Amsterdam in the spring when the tulips are in bloom you must go to Kuekenhof. The park is only open during the blooming season and we were fortunate to catch it the last weekend it was open for the season. Because of the late blooming season this year, the flowers were magnificent.

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank Daniel R
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

What ana amazing trip to see the tulips and other flours at the beginning of the season. So glad to have been able to see this wonderful garden setting. The photos that I was able to take were a memory maker.

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank JimCrypto
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