Every spring around March until the end of May, one of the world’s largest flower gardens opens its doors to flower lovers from around the world. By which I mean mostly old people and Chinese tourists. I spent a day at Keukenhof with my family and it was an odd mix of I have never been so bored in my life and still having a great time.
Keukenhof is what it is. It’s a park, there are flowers (7 million of them). There are tourists. You can buy Miffy toys and it’s heaven for anyone in need of a pretty backdrop for a new profile picture. You don’t go there expecting excitement, but it’s a relaxing day looking at pretty flowers. Best time to go is around mid-April, when most flowers are in bloom. If you go, go on a sunny day and don’t forget to bring a picnic! Dogs are welcome in the park as well.
Things to do (besides looking at flowers)
Petting zoos make me happy. Go and get your hands dirty.
Take a million selfies (and definitely photobomb people)
Or take a picture with these girls. Tourist mode ON.
I also saw a girl buying a € 5,- (!) cotton candy and posing with it for photos. Didn’t see her eat it, but I’m sure she got a lot of likes on Instagram, which is the only matter of importance here.
Yes, that’s a line to sit in a boat for a picture. No, the boat can’t move.
Walk through the maze
There’s a small maze that we walked correctly on the first try. If you’re tall enough, you can see over the bushes. This is a maze for short people like me.
I’m doing a Dutch food tour! The Dutch may not be famous for their great food, but they should be. Try these: mini pancakes called “poffertjes”. A true poffertjes-master can flip these babies faster than you can blink. Eat them with powdered sugar and a shitload of -real- butter. If you don’t make a mess, you’re doing it wrong!
MINI PANCAKES! It’s € 4,- for a small portion of 10. Worth it.
Mind you, Keukenhof is a place that sells thimbles as souvenirs. Don’t know what thimbles are? Ask your grandma.
So yeah, Keukenhof is not the most exciting place in the world, but it doesn’t pretend to be. It’s a great place to relax, spend time with friends or family, be shamelessly lame for a day and let your inner Chinese tourist run wild.
Open March 23 – May 21 2017. Here’s how to get there.