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Flower field update # 5 - Color everywhere

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Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

After a busy Easter weekend, the crowds in the Keukenhof get back to normal on weekdays. Although the amount of cars and tour busses is getting higher by the day. Springtime is in full swing and travelers know their way to Keukenhof. The Keukenhof looks more stunning every day, the scent is lovely and the green flower beds are getting their color too.

The people who visited last week had a mix of weather from a very cold Easter Monday without sunshine to a perfectly sunny day on Thursday. If you are travelling next week bring your umbrella and a coat. During my photo tour this morning the wind was freezing cold. I try to remember that because of this weather the flowers can grow and blossom. :-) If you need a detailed weather forecast you can have a look here: wunderground.com/cgi-bin/…

Photo’s of today (Keukenhof) can be found here www.flickr.com/photos/nring23/collections/

This morning “De Pretnoten” from Lisse (a band) were playing at the windmill. Lots of people enjoyed it very much. The people of the band where having a fun time as well, getting on lots of photos with visitors.

This week there was a question about the flower field etiquette. The fields are private property so don’t cross fences, water, etc. to enter. And if you see a sign with the text “don’t enter” well don’t enter. When officially it is not allowed to enter the fields, it still happens. When you decide to do, don’t harm the flowers or the bulbs (watch your step!), leave everything the same way you found it and don’t take anything with you. Stay to the side of the field and if you are requested to leave by anyone, just leave quickly. And remember to bring your camera for nice photo’s of fields full with flowers and enjoy the sights and scents. :-)

Flower Parade - Bloemencorso

As a lot of you know, Saturday the 21st of April is the day of the flower parade. A fun parade with cars, trucks, floats, people, music, etc. The whole area is having a small party :-) Locals are sitting outside their houses watching parade and a lot of tourist are travelling through the area.

The parade will travel from Noordwijk to Haarlem and travels along the Keukenhof around 15.45. See www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl for more information.

This map indicates the route of the parade next to Keukenhof: flickr.com/photos/…set-72157623787401449

Some quick tips:

Travel as EARLY as possible! (Preferably opening time) Last year there was a big traffic jam to Keukenhof from 10AM. Even the roads the local people use are completely packed so no there are no short cuts. (Locals are travelling only by bike on parade day! :-))

The Keukenhof is completely filled to capacity on this day. The parade is scheduled to travel by Keukenhof around 15.45 – 16.00. It is a slow moving parade and it takes around 45 - 60 mins. A lot of tourist are trying to leave immediately after the parade. Busses are lining up behind the parade and another traffic jam is created. (solves around 18-19 hrs)

Ideally I think it is best to separate a visit to the Keukenhof and seeing the parade. Keukenhof is so packed on parade day that it isn’t fun anymore to walk through the park. If you like to see the parade and Keukenhof on one day, travel to Keukenhof early, rent a bike for the day, see the keukenhof in the morning, have lunch in the lovely town of Lisse, see the flower fields and drive back to your hotel after 6 PM to avoid the biggest part of the traffic jam.

And if you are planning to see the parade during your day in keukenhof, get a stamp on your hand before exiting the keukenhof. With the stamp and your ticket you can re-enter the keukenhof on the same day.

What to see and expect when you are traveling next week:

The daffodil and crocus fields are gone. The tulip and hyacinth fields are blooming. Inside keukenhof the flower beds are turning to color (slightly later than the fields outside), the indoor tulip exhibition is getting over the top of blooming but still nice to see.

For a recent view of the flower fields visit the photo page of Cees on https:/…FlowerFieldsAndKeukenhof2012

Hope to see you soon in Keukenhof!

Nina

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21. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

I am so enjoying all of these pictures, and have been sorely tempted to run to O'hare, buy a ticket and go! Inspired by these beautiful photos, last weekend my friend and I drove up to Holland, Michigan as our only substitute. The tulips there are also blooming quite early, in fact they probably won't have any left for their Tulip Festival in May, so we raced up there to see them at their peak.

Can't compare to the Netherlands, though, so our new motto is now, Next year - the Keukenhof!

Please keep the photos and updates coming.

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22. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

Do the buses to Lisse run all day from Schlipol? I will be needing one early afternoon, but my destination is Lisse to unload my luggage at my hotel first, does that bus only go to Keukenhof? Would I then call a taxi to take me from there to my hotel? I have suitcases and can't walk a lot, so thanks for your suggestion. I will be near Central station, should I go to the other station instead of back to the airport to get the bus? I'm confused now! Thanks! mitzi

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23. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

Dear Mitzi, tell us which hotel you stay so we can help you with the best bus.

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24. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

CeesTT Re: "A few months ago a new train station was opened at Sassenheim. This station is very near to the Keukenhof. From this station you can take bus 50 to Lisse Eikenlaan which takes about 10 minutes. It's a 7 minutes walk from there to the entrance. For sure you will have no waiting time for this bus line because most people don't know about this option. You can also take this bus from Leiden station."

From what I can see, the Sassenheim Station is a "Sprinter Train". I presume that you can't get there directly from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Is that correct? Or from Leiden station, you say you can also take the 50 bus. But I also see the 54 bus listed from Leiden. Is one better than the other?

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25. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

Dear Globeworm, you are right, the train to Sassenheim is a sprinter. From Amsterdam CS you have to change trains at Schiphol Airport. When you go to Leiden CS there is a special bus directly to the Keukenhof, bus 54. Because it will be very busy on the direct busses the next few days you can change to bus 50 from Leiden CS or Sassenheim. Many greetings, Cees

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26. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

We were at Keunkenhof a week ago and it was just magical, so beautiful. I would suggest that if you are visiting the area you must make a trip there, it is not to be missed!

The pictures do not lie, it is that beautiful and even more so!

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27. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

Dear leechie, you are totally right. We have visited the Keukenhof on wednesday and today we made a bike trip through the flower fields. Most of the hyacinths and narcissus are over the top but the tulip fields are beautiful right now. Some still have to come and others are already at full bloom.

If you would like to see the new pictures you can see my Picasa album of the flower fields and the Keukenhof. The pictures range from March 15 till today. The latest pictures are at the end.

Picasa web album: https:/…

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28. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

Do you think that there will be any flowers still blooming on May 15, would it be worth it going all the way out there when I only have three days in Amsterdam and one will be spent going to Alkmaar/Zaanse Schans? Also I read here on the Keukenhof visitors guide that there are locations that sell bus tickets from Amsterdam, and it said to refer to the website but I couldn't find any information there. Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks!

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29. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

This question has been asked many times before on this forum. By that time there will be no more flowers on the fields. For the Keukenof it's all about the weather. When it stays relatively cold it will be OK for a visit.

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30. Re: Flower field update # 5 – Color everywhere

Sorry, I've been doing so much research for this trip my eyes are bleeding, and I thought I had most of the Amsterdam portion settled and then was reading this so I took the easy way out and just asked! This definitely changes my plan because I was planning to rent a bike and go out to the fields but if they will be bare I think I'm going to reconsider. I had read in other places that even if tulips are through blooming that it's still worth visiting as there are other flowers, would you agree?

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