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Feast your eyes on millions of tulips and hundreds of different kinds of flower in the Keukenhof Garden, the biggest flower festival in the world (their claim).

Its huge, allright, with more than 32 hectares of garden solely filled by tulips, trees, lilies, peonies and many kinds of flowers. I am astonished by the sheer number of tulips that are planted there, there are literally hundreds of different typed and color of tulips. Orange tulip is original, definitely, but they also have pink, red, maroon, dark pink, violet, purple tulips. The petals not only the usual single petals that you might seen on the road, they have multiple petals just like peonies and roses. The plant geneticist and cross-breeder did a great job on breeding all of these different kinds of tulips.

They have 6 pavilions in which they have a house and inside they have the arranged flower, not only tulip but also orchids,lilies, and many others. Orange Nassau for instance, offer different kinds if cut flowers every week while Beatrix pavilion contains orchids and anthurium,and in Willem-Alexande contains different kinds of tulips (it was lilies when I came). They arrange it in such way that its not boring for the visitors and they actually change the arrangement both for the garden and the pavilions every year. The free guided tour explained that the gardener will take the whole plants to keep the soil healthy few months after the festival.

 

Keikenhof was held from 24 March 2016 until 16 May 2016. The best time to go is in Mid April until early May. I was quite lucky since I came at the very last day of the festival and usually the flowers have already wilted because the weather should be too hot for the tulips to bloom (around 20 celcius). However since it was unusually cold when I came, it was still 8-9 Celcius in May so the flowers are still there. The tulip fields are not there anymore though but its okay. I am satisfied with the garden already.

For the photo tips, its was rather cloudy at that time. But it turns that the color of tulips pop up more when its not too bright, so that works fine for me.

Its really easy to go there, the government actually made a good system for tourist who wanted to visit Keukenhof. There are roundtrip bus from Schipol airport (and some other points I guess such as Leiden) and the fee is 24 Euro for the entrance fee and the bus. There are people that wear Keukenhof sign almost everywhere so you can always ask for direction and they’ll point it out for you.

 

Nijmegen, 17 May 2016

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