The blooming spring flowers make the Keukenhof area fantastic to explore between March and May. There are many special events in that period and the Easter tulip celebration is fabulous. The region of tulips, daffodils & hyacinths transforms into one big spring flower festival. Pack your easter eggs, fill your bottles with eggnog, get out of Amsterdam for a daytrip and discover the Keukenhof area with these tips.
Tip 1: Explore the Keukenhof area by bicycle
When I’m on my bike, every day feels like a holiday. Especially when I get to spend those days with visitors from abroad. On a bicycle you find treasures which you wouldn’t have spotted by car, coach or public transport. Getting into the flower villages where most of the Easter tulip celebrations take place is extremely easy by bike. You can cover a larger distance than by foot. And, you can easily share your discoveries. What I love most are the conversations enroute, based on the things you see. Trees in all kind of different shapes, hares running around through the flower fields, red-and-white windowshutters, labyrinths and secret passages to castles…Can’t say it enough: the best way to get around is to explore Holland by bike!
Tip 2: Pick your own tulips
A great Easter tulip celebration is picking your own tulips. In the Keukenhof area there are two tulip picking gardens. This one near Sassenheim is my favourite. The tulips are of the most exotic types. And, as you can see in this picture: tulip picking is a great activity for the whole family. Especially if the challenge is to only pick tulips with bulb attached to it. It’s immensly difficult to get the flower bulb out and your hands get quite dirty, but I planted some of the bulbs from last year and they’re amazingly beautiful!
Tip 3: Get creative with hyacinths, daffodils & tulips
Employees of the hyacinth growers are is already cutting & collecting hyacinths for the decoration of the Flower Parade, taking place in the weekend of April. Hyacinths are not only used for the flower parade though. The flower villages Lisse, De Zilk, Vogelenzang create these amazing flower mosaics and put them on display, usually in the 2nd weekend of April. There’s a full route you can cycle or walk to see all the flower mosaics. All tourist informations in the region will have a copy of the route. On the second Saturday of April kids show their creativity in the mini Flower Parade in Lisse.
Tip 4: Beer & Tulip Festival
Noordwijkerhout. Saturday in April ( date tba). Need I say more?
If you want to know the exact dates of the Holland tulip festivals & spring flower events in the villages near Keukenhof in 2018, contact me
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