30 March 2012
As an ordinary girl, who have some ordinary girl’s dream..such as own a small (but famous) beautiful flower shop. Keukenhof – the world’s largest flower garden – was an absolute temptation for me to visit during my Euro ‘semi-backpacker honeymoon’ trip. So since our time in Europe was right – fitted with the Garden opening schedule, we went there!
Knew this fact from our tour guide, originally Keukenhof is a herb and vegetable garden owned by Countess of Holland. It served to provide herb and vegetable for the Countess’ castle kitchen. That is why Keukenhof literally means ‘Kitchen Garden’.
How to get there?
Keukenhof is located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse, near Amsterdam. Based on our research there is no direct bus/train/other public transportation from Amsterdam city center to Keukenhof.Direct bus – the connexxion bus no.58 – available from Schipol to Keukenhof. Recommended by Keukenhof’s official website, we can choose Combi-tickets which include return bus ticket and Keukenhof entrance ticket for 21 Euro (2012 price). This ticket is available in Tourist Information Desk. Refer to my experience, I can find this ticket in Tourism Office near Amsterdam Centraal Station.
Actually, I did not buy the Combi-tickets! Our hostel where we stay in Amsterdam – St. Christopher at the Winston – provide us with 20% discount card for Tours & Tickets. Final price after reduction was 30.4 Euro including return bus ticket (depart from Damrak, near our hostel) and Keukenhof’s entrance ticket. Our calculation was:
Combi-tickets + return train ticket Amsterdam Centraal to Schipol will be 21 Euro + 15.5 Euro = 36.5 Euro compare to 30.4 Euro 🙂
BUT as the consequences, you will have time limitation in Keukenhof. This excursion duration is only 4.5 hours. If you are a really flower’s admirer, you can choose the longer duration Keukenhof package which will cost you more. Then combi ticket will be cheaper in that condition 🙂 .
Our bus leave in 9 AM, possibly we are the youngest member in the group 🙂 The bus depart from Damrak on-schedule even a little bit ahead. Reached Keukenhof in 35 minutes. And the Garden, even it was not yet in its optimal condition (since 30 March still in early spring), still so gorgeous!
About the Tulip
If we are talking about Keukenhof then we will automatically talking about Tulips. Also heard from our tour guide that Tulip – which known as Netherland national symbol – is not originally Dutch! Well, for now it is Dutch. It is given (maybe around 500 years ago) to a Dutch botanist by an Austrian Ambassador who seen it for the first time in the Garden of Istanbul (Turkey). Some say that it is called Tulip after a Persian word for Turban (Toliban). Believe it or not.
About the Garden
The Garden itself in 2012 have Poland – Heart of Europe – as its theme. It has 5 pavillion which are: Juliana, Wilhelmina, Oranje Nassau, Willem Alexander and Beatrix pavillion. Each of pavillion has different design, theme and of course type of flower. In keukenhof, we also can see the famous Amsterdam’s mills. It is located in Mill Square. During my visit, there was a performance by the local, like a choir. Other interesting part for me, the Garden also has several unique arts exhibition scattered. So it is a full time entertainment for the eyes 🙂
Surrounded by beautiful flowers is a real treat for a girl. I had 2 hours free time to enjoy the Garden with the Tours. Initially it seems a quite long hour just for walking around in “a Garden”. But you know it is the Keukenhof, it is said that the Garden covers about 32 hectares area. So with only 2 hours free time provided by the tour, we were running out of time to explore all of its element. Being in the Garden, you can not just walk and walk around. You will mesmerize by its beauty thus you will stop here and there, taking a picture this and that. Ok that’s applied for me..an ordinary girl 🙂
How about my Husband? If you are following my Euro trip from the beginning, this would be our first time traveling together and…Glad to know that he is very supportive and tolerance. He was also stop here and there; taking a beautiful picture of course. Enjoy the scenery as much as I am. If travel reveal the true side of someone then I am lucky enough to have him as travel mate 🙂
Keukenhof excursion (discounted rate from Tours & Tickets) 30.4 Euro
Keukenhof Guidebook & Map 4 Euro
Delicious Dutch waffel 3.5 Euro each
“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc