When it comes to traveling we often hop on a plane to explore other countries instead of exploring our own backyard. So today I decided to do things differently. For one day(well actually it was one morning)I played a tourist right here in my own country, the Netherlands.
SKIP KEUKENHOF, VISIT THE PRIVATE DUTCH TULIP FIELDS
I wanted to do something I had never done before, but always wanted to do. The plan was to visit *Keukenhof* a.k.a. “The Garden of Europe and one of the biggest Spring gardens of the world”. Keukenhof is situated in Lisse, in the province of North Holland(20-minute drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport) and is only open 6-7 weeks during Spring time, usually from end of March till mid-May. As I arrived at the garden I soon realized that my visit today was not a good idea. Due to the beautiful sunny Spring weather(note: 27 degrees Celsius!), the garden was just packed with tourists from all over the world. So as soon as I saw the crowd I immediately changed my plans: Instead of visiting Keukenhof, I visited the private fields of the Tulip farmers right next to the Keukenhof, which in my eyes were beautiful as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself in between the beautiful fields of colourful tulips! Not only did I enjoy myself in between the beautiful tulip fields, but I also got to take better photos without people blocking my view and messing up my photos(hihihihi).
So if you’ll visit the Netherlands and would like to see some colorful fields of fresh Dutch flowers, Keukenhof is an option(this will cost you around EUR16,- for adults). Another option (which is Free of Cost) is to explore flower/tulip fields on the private grounds of Dutch farmers like I did.The best way to do this is to ask for permission first and most farmers actually won’t mind if you’d like to take photos of their fields(some do though). If the farmers aren’t home, you could also go ahead and take your photos (like most tourists do), because no one will actually fine you, especially when they see a large group of tourists.
The photos above with the warning signs were taken at the Tulip Fields right next to the Keukenhof on private ground as well. There’s a warning sign though (Dutch + English), but everyone ignores it, so did I.
Below are some more photos of my morning trip to the beautiful tulip fields right here in my own “backyard”.
This year I wasn’t able to visit Keukenhof, but these fields were just fine! Hopefully I’ll be able to visit The Garden of Europe during Spring time next year, but then I’ll make sure I’ll go during the opening week!
Have you ever been to the Netherlands? If so, have you ever visited Keukenhof or the private flower fields? Let me know in the comment section below. xo – Jey.