It was not a warm day, which made strolling around the beautiful gardens rather difficult. We had parked about 10 minutes away from Keukenhof, and walked to it while braving a gust storm. As we already had our tickets, we just had to present them and in we went.
Keukenhof is a huge park, with greens and flowers covering most of it. There are a few canals, play area for children, manmade lakes, a restaurant, couple of souvenir shops, boat ride facility and three pavilions. The day we went, there was a Rose show in Oranje Nassau Pavilion, Anthurium and Orchid show in Beatrix Pavilion, and Amaryllis, Potted Bulb and Plant show in Willem-Alexander Pavilion.
Come with me as I walk through the beautiful grounds of Keukenhof, and check out all the shows happening at the three pavilions.
We had about two hours to explore the park, and wish had one more. Three to four hours are enough to get around the entire park. If weather permits, you can event hang outdoors and have a little picnic by the lake.
There was also a flower parade the same day, but we had missed it when it passed through Keukenhof. So, we decided to drive further ahead, towards Harlem, and catch up with it. A quick video of it will be coming up next, in the addendum of this series.
Post flower parade and pizza dinner in the car, we drove back to Cologne, which was both uneventful and relaxed.
I am not a nature person and still enjoyed Keukenhof immensely. I would be open to visiting the next year, if weather is nicer than it was on the 13th. Did I mention that there was a hail storm as we were retracing our steps to the main entrance? Yes, there were small rounds of ice in our hair and on our coats by the time we reached the car. FUN!
So, if weather would be nice, I would definitely like to go back the next year. Keukenhof a solid 8.5/10 for me.