Discover one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, the perfect place to create
unforgettable memories of the famous Dutch tulips.
It is that time of the year!
Lisse, Netherlands, four girls looking for tulips. Lots of tulips! It was probably the most colourful day ever. We started our journey in a beautiful Dutch guesthouse in Amsterdam, after having traditional breakfast prepared by our friendly host. The bicycles were there, we had booked them the day before, so we hit the road… or to be more specific, the bike path.
Keukenhof is one of the most beautiful spring gardens in the world, where you are literally surrounded by millions of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other spring flowers – just imagine a pure explosion of colour and scent all around! The best time to admire the blooming fields is from March to May and they are easily accessible by bike.
They say that the Dutch have been cultivating an almost unrivalled variety of flowers for centuries and are currently producing around three billion tulip bulbs every year, which makes them one of the largest exporters in the world. These days there are over 3000 registered varieties, which are divided into fifteen groups, mostly based on the flower type, size, and blooming period. One interesting fact about tulips is that during the Tulip Mania period in the Dutch Golden Age, back in the 1630s, one tulip bulb cost as much as a canal house in Amsterdam.
While marvelling at the Dutch countryside, we followed the routes that took us from the historic town of Lieden to the beautiful city of Haarlem. We were slightly late since most of the fields had already been harvested, but luckily enough we could still enjoy some varieties in full bloom. Our hearts were filled with joy! We stopped for taking pictures and picking up bouquets which we carried around all day long. You don’t have to be a flower person to be impressed by the beauty of this unique scenery.
Windmills and wooden shoes are other trademarks of Holland, you can find them easily along the way and they complete the unmistakable landscape. We pedalled about 70 kilometers that day, about a quarter of the country, guided by a bike map, creating unforgettable memories of the famous Dutch tulips.
Story and Photos by Diana Chereches, March 2018