Now I won’t even sit here and pretend I know a thing about species of flowers or how to plant them. I don’t think there is a single person in my family with a green thumb, but I heard that Keukenhof Garden was beautiful and that was all I needed to hear in order to add it to my itinerary. While I was in Amsterdam this past April, I took my allergy medication then made the trek to the garden.

The Keukenhof is an enormous flower garden only opened seasonally from March to May. There are millions of flowers blooming during the peak season, and hundreds of varieties of flowers are planted on the nearly 80 acres of land. I booked a combination ticket that included a bus ride to the garden from Amsterdam and the entrance fee. I would recommend getting on the first bus there. I decided to sleep in a bit that day, and arrived at midmorning to a long curving line at the airport bus stop. The buses seemed to arrive every 10 minutes or so, but the number of people arriving to catch the buses kept growing as well so the lines weren’t decreasing at all. Luckily, I got a seat on the bus, but several other people had to stand during the 25-minute drive west of Amsterdam.

The crowds at the Keukenhof was bearable, even for someone like me who can get overwhelmed by extremely large crowds. I didn’t get anxiety over the amount of people because there was a lot of space to walk, and people weren’t really in my way. I was handed a map at the entrance, and I just started wandering. The garden was widespread and there were several areas for food, drinks, and restrooms. I only had a snack, but I believe they served real meals in certain areas. There was also a gift shop selling typical Amsterdam souvenirs.

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