Keukenhof Gardens

DAY 11

Last call for Amsterdam!

We started our day with a Covid-19 test here at the Movenpick Amsterdam hotel, arranged by Viking since we are on their post-extension. Then we decided to brave the clouds and head to Keukenhof Gardens on our own, without a tour group.

We had purchased Keukenhof tickets in advance on their website for a 10:30 to 11 am entrance time. We left our hotel around 9:20, walked across the street and caught the 26 tram to Centraal Station. We thought we could get a Keukenhof bus from Centraal, but it turned out that we had to take the M52-South metro line to Europaplein, walk out at RAI Convention Center and THEN pick up the Keukenhof bus.

The first two legs, on tram and Metro, were covered by the GVB tickets we bought yesterday. Today, we bought round-trip tickets to Keukenhof on the bus (16 Euros per person). Both on the bus and at Keukenhof we discovered they wanted a debit card that uses a PIN and not a standard credit card.

The moral of this story is: if you’re familiar with public transit systems, and if you leave plenty of time, you can go to Keukenhof Gardens on your own. Figure on about 75 minutes of travel and an added transit cost of around 20 to 25 Euros per person.

If public transit isn’t your thing, book a tour, either through Viking or another vendor But if the gardens are open while you’re in Amsterdam, go! It is some of the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen.

The tulips are just beginning to bloom, but we saw lots of daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and other early-blooming bulbs. We spent about two hours there, including a break for sandwiches in one of their cafes, and we didn’t come close to seeing it all. Pace yourself! We walked about four miles in total.

We were lucky. It didn’t rain while we were at the gardens, but the storm resumed as soon as we got on the bus.

We leave the hotel early tomorrow morning for our flight home. Thank you everyone who followed our journey. You made me open my eyes just a bit wider!

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