A little information about the gardens:
The Keukenhof Gardens are about 24 miles southwest of Amsterdam in an area known as Bollenstreek, or "bulb growing area". The name Keukenhof means "kitchen garden" in Dutch, and the gardens origins date back to the 15th century when Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria gathered fruit and vegetables from the woods for the kitchen of their castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641, and the gardens were designed in 1857 to serve as a park. In 1949 a group of bulb growers & exporters came up with the idea to use the estate and gardens as a permanent exhibit of spring blooming bulbs and flowers.
Today The Keukenhof gardens are a world class tourist attraction, with an average of 15,000 visitors each day of it's 8 week opening. I think they were ALL there today!
To reach Keukenhof by public transportation from Amsterdam is not difficult, but it was quite a trek! First we walked to the Central Station, where we caught a train to Schipohl Airport, where we then caught a bus to the gardens. Whew! Even though we'd bought our tickets before leaving home there was a huge line at Schipohl waiting to board the buses. It moved fairly quickly, though and we got on the 3rd bus, and it was standing room only for the 25 minute ride.
But it was worth it! The gardens are in peak full bloom right now, and they are absolutely beautiful. We spent almost 3 hours strolling through the park. Even though it was VERY crowded, it felt great to get out of the city to enjoy some "nature time".
There's not much to say about strolling through the park, so I'll just the the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Windmill on the edge of the park:
These are some bulb fields across the canal outside the park: