There is no place in the world like the Bollenstreek (“bulb region”) in spring, anywhere, anytime. There, I said it. And of course within the Bollenstreek there is nothing like the Keukenhof. On their website they claim to be the most photographed place on earth – which I was a bit skeptical about when reading. Well… I am a believer now. Never ever have I seen so many people with so many cameras taking so many pictures of so many… flowers. (All the different nationalities are quite cool too, a real microcosm of the world.)
Cycling there through all the flower fields is already an amazing sight:
And then the Keukenhof (the name means “kitchen garden” – in the 15th century it was exactly that, being part of the castle of Jacoba van Beieren) itself… well I was there a few years ago but had quite forgotten, or not even realised, how stunning it actually is. Some photographic impressions follow to try and illustrate my point…
The central, and in my opinion easily the most impressive, pavillion, is the Willem-Alexander pavillion. It features simply the most amazing collection of cultured tulip breeds you can think of. It makes you feel very sympathetic to the people who got infected with tulip mania – it does make you wanna wanna wanna have them!
Those white tulips were at least half a meter high – incredible!
But also in the park itself there are plenty of stunners, such as these. Must be the reddest flowers I’ve ever seen!
As I said, everyone from every place on earth is there, and is taking photographs all the time :-).
Just for photo geeks, my lens (this time it was the Tamron 24-135) turns out to be an excellent macro lens – not surprising, given 135mm with a minimal focal distance of around 30 cm. Here’s a sample of what that means. Nothing special, it’s a “just because I can :-P” photo.
So all in all a great day out, not a little helped by the great summery weather (22°C!!). Not something you do every year, by the end you really have seen more than enough tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, but still… very nice!