“Haven’t seen Keukenhof? Then you haven’t seen the Netherlands,” claims the Keukenhof Garden’s website. “You won’t find such an abundance of colors and fragrances anywhere else.”

We set out on a slightly rainy day to see for ourselves, though we came a bit late in the season to really see it in full glory. This spring has been so wet and cold that we didn’t think of venturing out earlier! The gardens cover a huge area and showcase over 7 million bulbs; mostly tulips, but also hyacinth, daffodils and others. I was under the false impression that they had the famous fields of tulips, which they did not. There are fields surrounding it, but the garden itself is a carefully planned out park full of walking paths. So, if you want to see fields, you don’t necessarily need to pay for entrance to the garden. Good to know! That said, I’m glad we went in and saw it, if only to claim that we have truly “seen the Netherlands” now.

I couldn’t resist taking this picture!

We did spy some fields outside the gardens, but it was so late in the season that most of them had been plucked already. There were a few brilliant streaks here and there, but not the far-as-the-eye-can-see fields that I pictured. Part of me regrets not going earlier, but then again, trudging or biking through soggy fields in cold rain just isn’t fun!

What most of the fields looked like: plucked!

We spent a lovely day wandering through the gardens and taking pictures, admiring colors, laughing at funny looking flowers, and finding someone to kiss amongst the tulips. A good outing.