Spring is a lovely season where everything blooms and the days get warmer. We don’t experience this much in the Philippines as we get sunshine 365 days a year. However, being in Europe means we get to experience this most delightful season especially if you’re a fan of flowers and sunshine.
This year, I’m staying in Amsterdam and spent my Easter weekend here. After enjoying an adrenaline-rush winter holiday skiing in the Alps, it was a real pleasure to travel around Netherlands and experience Spring for the first time.
Spring is the best time to visit Amsterdam
Netherlands’ most popular city is, of course, Amsterdam. It’s also the busiest and most touristy city in the whole country. There’s a lot to do here all-year round, but if you’re also planning to visit here during the Spring, well you’re in luck — because it’s the loveliest season to be in.
More than just the charming canals and the city’s infamous reputation for weed and prostitution (‘Red Light District’), this is the time where there’s a great reason to experience the Dutch countryside — and just see the other side of Amsterdam!
If Japan is most famous for its cherry blossoms, the Netherlands have their tulips. And it’s only during springtime where part of Holland transforms into a vast sea of flowers with gorgeous colors everywhere.
I decided to pay a visit to the most beautiful spring park in the world, Keukenhof. Not too far from Amsterdam city, this historic park covers an area of thirty-two hectares, full of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and all the other spring bulbs. It was not just any typical “walk in the park”, but a glorious visual feast filled with floral displays and unique flower shows in various pavilions.
Tulip season runs from the end of March until mid-May, but the flowers are usually at their best halfway through April. So if you want to see the tulips at its best and the fields in full color, then best to plan your holiday around that time.
These pictures were taken 30th of March, so the flowers are still about to bloom. I’ll definitely go back here mid-April next year to see them again!
How To Get To Keukenhof:
- Check online for tickets. There are a couple of other sites that sell entrance tickets to Keukenhof, but best to purchase a Combi ticket (transport + entrance)
- Combi ticket usually costs 24EUR. Entrance only ticket is 18EUR per adult.
- Travel from Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) to Lisse. There is a special bus that goes directly there. It will take about 30-35mins.
- If you have a Holland Pass, you usually have free entrance to Keukenhof. To buy for transport tickets, you can find a stall at the airport, in the Arrivals area.
Windmills and More
Of course, it’s nice to take a side trip and visit the iconic windmills in Netherlands — it’s never the full experience without seeing them!
You will see a unique piece of Dutch history in this quaint little town — Zaanse Schans, where various windmills, wooden houses, and cheese factories are found. It was such a great experience going to the countryside! The best part is, it’s super easy to get there from Amsterdam.
How to get to Zaanse Schans:
- The easiest way to get here is to take the bus from Amsterdam Central Station.
- Check out the RNET Bus 391 that goes directly to Zaanse Schans. For more information: www.bus391.nl.
- Entrance is free – take as may photos as you want!
Fun Spring Festivals
The Netherlands is notorious for hosting the most number of festivals in a year… One of the most popular ones that happen to be during Springtime is King’s Day, which celebrates the Royal King’s birthday! The city is transformed into a festive parade where everyone is dressed in Orange color. It was definitely one of the most memorable weekend for me – but it’s more fun if you’re on a boat!
Now that it’s summer season, roses are in bloom and the sun is more prominent. Maybe another article soon about my Dutch summer experience?
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