Easter at Keukenhof Tulip Festival


IMG_3418Our Easter weekend was spent at Keukenhof Tulip Festival … something that has been
on my bucket list forever, and felt so springy on this holiday weekend. It just barely
opened last week so it was early in the blooms, but with our travels the next weeks
it was the best time to do it – plus some of our very best friends were in town
visiting from California, so we all went together! It was beyond lovely & beautiful.

IMG_0546 You can see from that sliver of blue sky that we had a little bit of winter + spring
weather all mixed into one day. The sun would come out and shine so warmly, and
20 minutes later the clouds would cover and make it freeeeeezing! If you plan a
visit around this it’s probably ideal to go about one month later (at the end
of April / beginning of May) but we just felt lucky to be able to go at all!
Plus, we somehow lucked out with no rain while there, until the second
we boarded the bus back to Amsterdam when it started downpouring!
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IMG_0551 IMG_0552 IMG_0561 We scoped out the entire area + gardens and covered it all by the end!
There were some indoor exhibitions we could pop into when the clouds came,
then we’d continue strolling the grounds when the blue sky showed up again :)
IMG_0593 IMG_0562 Always good to remember to stop & smell the {tulips} :) ^^
Also– the variations of tulips are so dreamy. Some are hybrids like
these, which opened up to look like a cross between peonies + tulips.

IMG_0563Though not everything was in full bloom quite yet, the little pops of
spring made me so excited for this new season and all it will bring ^^

IMG_0569 I was just a little excited that my jacket matched these orange tulips! ^^
IMG_0581 The main gardens and highlight is the tulips, but I loved all of the
other flowers mixed in. Daffodils & hyacinths were perfect additions.
IMG_0549IMG_5147The tulip crew! ^^
IMG_0585 ^^ The girls + the daffodils 
IMG_0594 IMG_0595 We strolled through these pretty gardens and kept joking that the theme
of the day was “seeing potential.” Though we did get to see a lot of pretty
blooms, we also had to imagine a lot that were yet to blossom! Our friend
Dusty kept giving inspirational speeches about imagining the potential..haha.
IMG_0608 IMG_0612 Flowers in the form of Dutch canal houses ^^
IMG_0621 Inside one of the buildings they had different arrangements and tulip
hybrids from floral shops all through Holland. So so beautiful!

IMG_0626 IMG_0628 IMG_0631 Some got very unique! ^^
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IMG_0640 IMG_0642We stopped into one of the cafés for yummy bread, baked potatoes,
frites, cheese rolls, and cookies. Quite the nutritious meal :)

IMG_0644 IMG_0653 Easter at Keukenhof Tulip Festival4IMG_0657 IMG_0658 Again with seeing that potential! ^^
IMG_0659 IMG_0661 IMG_0665 IMG_0676 IMG_0677IMG_5165♥ these cuties ^^
IMG_0633Easter at Keukenhof Tulip Festival5Loved that there was a little petting farm with a bunny – perfect for Easter!
Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAll of the names of the tulip variations were the best…example ^^ “mascara

Easter at Keukenhof Tulip Festival6IMG_0690IMG_5187IMG_0679 IMG_0703IMG_3419Technically it was baby girl’s first Easter…I think she liked spending it at the tulip festival!
IMG_0704 I never understood why pregnant girls always held their stomach in
photos, but now I do. It just comes naturally when posing with a bump!
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IMG_0717 IMG_0729 The sun came out once again as we left, making our last loop so gorgeous.
All in all we spent hours here and loved every second!

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The famous fields surrounding Keukenhof weren’t quite in full force yet,
but we did see some pops of color on our way into the countryside ^^
We will be back one day with baby girl to visit when it’s in full force!Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

We took the cute Keukenhof Express bus back to the airport and then back into Amsterdam.
It wasn’t the easiest process and we wished we could have gone direct from the city,
but it was so worth going and the process was smooth even if the ride was long!

Easter at Keukenhof Tulip Festival10We used the gold tickets from our Holland Pass and it incldued the transport ticket too.
We’ve used this mainly for museums while living here, but for anyone visiting and
wanting to do Keukenhof + other major museums, it is very worth it for those! 

IMG_0543This was the ideal Holland outing to kick off Spring in our final month here!

xo


'Easter at Keukenhof Tulip Festival' has 13 comments

  1. March 30, 2016 @ 1:08 pm Phoebe

    So. Much. Beauty!!!!!!! One day I will make it to this place.

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  2. March 30, 2016 @ 1:09 pm Ash

    Naturally your dress matches everything perfectly. Adore all of this. Fun to go with friends!

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  3. March 30, 2016 @ 2:05 pm Susanne

    Amazing! Fun to see a glimpse of.

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  4. March 30, 2016 @ 2:28 pm Kari

    All of those tulips look amazing! Everything is so beautiful!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  5. March 30, 2016 @ 2:33 pm Emily

    What a perfect way to spend Easter weekend! Those are some of the most stunning flowers I’ve ever seen!

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  6. March 31, 2016 @ 12:19 am Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    We went there last year at the being of April and saw a lot of potential as well:) Still so beautiful to visit!

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    • emi

      March 31, 2016 @ 12:50 am emi

      Love that you went at the same time :) Gorgeous anytime though like you said! xx

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  7. March 31, 2016 @ 1:00 pm Jordan

    Wow. Speechless! Amazing photos. I will love to visit this place once. Dreaming about love now. Thank you!

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  8. March 31, 2016 @ 6:48 pm Beth @ Being Beth

    Gorgeous! Definitely something to add to my bucket list.

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  9. April 3, 2016 @ 2:12 am Lillian @ The Smalls Abroad

    I’ve always heard of the tulip festival but never seen or read a first-hand account. So beautiful! Great photos

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  10. April 4, 2016 @ 12:36 pm Sara

    My family and I were there the day before you! We almost planned to go Easter, but had heard that could be one of the busiest days. I can’t even imagine how beautiful it will be in a few weeks.

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  11. February 23, 2017 @ 12:10 pm Abigail Johnson

    Hi, I am going to Amsterdam in May and want to see a few different things. I have read your different posts. Is keukenhof a full day trip or is it something that can be done in half of a day? Are there other things to see around it? If you have any other suggestions for things to do in Amsterdam I would love them. I am going to be there for 3 days with my husband. I am so jealous you got to live in Europe and travel so much.

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    • emi

      March 6, 2017 @ 10:12 pm emi

      hi! i’m SO sorry this didn’t push through to my email so i just saw it! i am so excited for your trip!!! keukenhof can be done in half day if needed…the best part is to rent bikes and see the surrounding tulip fields if it’s good weather! my guide to amsterdam (and food list) has all of our favorites! have the BEST time and do NOT miss brunch/lunch at bakers & roasters!

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