In 2015, Keukenhof is open every day from March 20th to May 17th, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. I visited with my friends on Thursday, April 23rd, almost exactly midway during the 8 week period. I had been told by Dutch friends to avoid the weekends if possible, since they tend to be more crowded than weekdays. We had a warm sunny day, with a cool breeze, perfect for an afternoon outdoors.
Opened to the public for the first time in 1950, Keukenhof is designed to maximize the 8 weeks of springtime blooming by providing areas with constant flowering. Everywhere you looked, there were exquisite colors, with new ones sneaking in. When I had asked one of my friends what was the best time to visit, she stated she had been there both at the beginning, middle and end of the time period, and all times were beautiful. I had been monitoring the releases on Facebook about when the tulips started to bloom, and was so excited that my friends' visit from Florida was going to fall when they were in full bloom!
We arrived about 1 p.m., and found that the crowd was not overwhelming. We could easily stop to take close-up photos, and though we almost lost each other a few times due to the four of us having varying tastes and wandering among the flowers, we easily reconnected by looking for colorful pieces of clothing we each wore! ( A great tip whenever traveling to a large park with others--wear something bright, and remember what everyone else wore!)
I was a science teacher for most of my 25 years of teaching, and I thought how cool it would be to plan a Field Trip to Keukenhof!
Maybe I'll see you there this year or next, and you'll see why I think Keukenhof is the most beautiful garden in the world!
If you have never been to Keukenhof, are you a bit more interested now?
If you have been, what was your favorite part of Keukenhof? Did you take a boat ride, or bicycle along the tulip fields?
Let me know what you think in a comment below! Thanks!