tulips in the Netherland

Nov 28th, 2014, 06:45 AM
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tulips in the Netherland

When is a good time to visit the Netherlands to see the tulips? What is the weather like at that time? What is the best way to enjoy them... canal cruise, drive, bike etc
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Nov 28th, 2014, 06:50 AM
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It does not matter how you get to the Kuekenhof Gardens, I assume that is where you want to go.

Best time is about April 20th,, but NOT the Easter weekend.!

I was just there in April.
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Nov 28th, 2014, 06:51 AM
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Generally late April/early May, but a lot depends on the winter and spring we have.
The weather can be anything from cold to damp to warm to sunny to raining, or even snow. No way of telling.

A visit to Keukenhof is what many people do. you can also rent bikes and ride around the fields, or take a car and go to the main bulb growing areas which are away from the touristy bit.
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Nov 28th, 2014, 08:50 AM
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Second half of April is safer than May - I was there May 2 one year (on business) and the flowers were over. But it naturally does depend on the severity of the winter.
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Nov 28th, 2014, 08:57 AM
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Here's a good way to visit the Keukenhof Flower Extravaganza, showcasing the wares of the Dutch horticultural business and also tiptoe thru the tulips - do as I have done a few times:

Take a train from Amsterdam to Haarlem and change to a train to Hillegom - a small station south of Haarlem which is just a few miles from the Keukenhof Park - and then walk along minor roads or tiptoe right thru the very heart of the tulip fields - and lots of other early blooms as well - from Keukenhof take a bus to the Leiden train station - shuttle buses depart all the time - and take the train back to Amsterdam.

The Keukenhof itself has few tulips but lots of hothouses with the star attractions - various flower producers sponsor them with a different and prolifici pungent pulchritudinous number of flowers, some rather exotic.

If you just go to the Keukenhof yes you can go outside its walls and tiptoe thru tulip fields adjacent to it - such on the northwest side.
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Nov 28th, 2014, 09:03 AM
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Thank you much. This trip may need to wait since we are unable to travel late April this year. I will tuck away this info.
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Nov 28th, 2014, 09:27 AM
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there are various blooms in those flower fields around Hillegom throughout the summer - some as nice as a sea of undulating tulips - Keukenhof even opens occasionally later in the summer I think.
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Nov 28th, 2014, 10:37 AM
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No, Keukenhof never opens later in the summer. It opens towards the end of March and closes towards the end of May, and that is it.
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Nov 29th, 2014, 07:04 AM
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unless you dress up as Gandalf and come to Castlefest in august, hehe.
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Nov 29th, 2014, 07:34 AM
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Pal probably doesn't need to dress up

Just joking my friend!
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Nov 29th, 2014, 08:21 AM
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Yep hetismij2 is correct about the times at Kuekenhof.

My friend in Amsterdam who has worked at Kuekenhof says April 20th is best week to be there.

I was there for the week of April 20th this year.

It was a very nice warm day.
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