I wrote this post awhile ago, intending to share for people traveling to see the tulips in Amsterdam. Because of COVID-19, no one from the US is going to be visiting Amsterdam anytime soon. But I thought I would still share, if nothing else, hopefully these flowers bring a smile to your face:
Flowers, Flowers, Flowers
I always wanted to be a green thumb. My mom would work in our backyard, hands in the soil, pulling weeds, planting flowers, trimming. She would walk into the house after being outside for hours, sweat dripping down her face, hair stuck in matts, and dirt on her face, but she looked so happy. I always wanted to have the desire for being in a garden, watching beautiful things grow. Even though I don’t have a green thumb, I still love flowers, and their beauty. That’s why I wanted to visit the tulips in Amsterdam.
Visiting the tulips in Amsterdam is easier said than done. Every year the tulips bloom at a different time. If you come too early, all you’ll see are buds, too late and the beautiful petals have fallen off and you’ll see beautiful seas of green, but no tulips.
When planning my trip I used this website: https://tulipfestivalamsterdam.com/amsterdam-tulip-season/ which tells you all about the tulips and even has a calendar for when experts believe peak bloom season will be. In 2018, I got lucky and visited the tulip gardens 3 days after the peak.
Arriving in Amsterdam
I was only in Amsterdam for one weekend, so I would get only one day with the tulips. Most people’s flights arrive in the morning. Consider luggage storage, or packing light and heading straight to the gardens, that’s what we did.
Tired and jet lagged from our flight, we went over to a pink booth, right in the main terminal, selling bus tickets for Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. The bus fair was not too much, and within 45 minutes of landing in Amsterdam, we were on our way to the gardens!
Rent a Bike
Before going inside Keukenhof, wander over to the bike stand in the far corner of the parking lot. Rent a bike. Everyone is super helpful, and will provide you with routes and maps. This is the best way to see the tulips. No crowds, endless fields of bright colors, and fresh air.
There are plenty of spots for photos ops.
There are also a variety of trails depending on your physical ability, skill, and energy level.
We spent several hours driving along the countryside, and it was so beautiful.
Head Into the Gardens
Once you’ve had your bike ride, its time to enter the gardens.
The gardens are packed, so be prepared. They are also huge, there are so many things to see, make sure you visit as many areas as possible. Be prepared to spend hours in these gardens.
There are different arrangements of flowers, everywhere you look is a feast for the flower-loving eye.
There is even an indoor area with flower sculptures and arrangements.
After the Gardens
You should be done with a bike ride and the gardens by late afternoon, still plenty of time to see some of the city. You can exit the gardens and take a bus back to the airport, and then a train into the city center.
When you get to the city center, enjoy the end of your day with a stroll along the famous canals.
Admire the houses and spring time flowers as you go.
Stop in a coffee shop for some coffee or other treats.
Grab dinner at a cafe with outdoor seating and enjoy the spring weather.
Even if you only have one day to see the tulips, you can manage it! Enjoy!