By Josh Howard
Visiting Keukenhof Flower Park is as quintessentially Dutch as ripping a massive joint then smashing up the Van Gogh museum on magic mushies.
Granted, these activities don’t exactly attract the same clientele, however both are important experiences that make up the quirky culture of this fine country. Situated within Holland’s west coast tulip district, the park runs from March until May when the colourful bulbs are blooming at their absolute best.
The slew of different flowers on show is truly astounding so don’t be surprised if you come hoping to spot tulips and leave knowing how many thorns are on a chrysanthemum’s stem – and I’m not talking about what you dragged home last night ladies!
This is one of those rare tourist attractions your Nan drags you to and you’re secretly stoked (but pretend to your mates that you’re just going cos your mum asked you to take your ailing elder for a day out).
Well, despite the average age of Keukenhof patrons being between 65 and 140 years old, it actually has more to offer than a common nursing home. Yes that’s right, this is one aged care facility that young people actually want to visit.
And no, you’re not the only one who’s surprised to discover such a concept even existed.
Throw in a few windmills, lakes, paddle boats, clogs, cheese shops and miserable employees posing for photos in traditional Dutch garb with Mr. Fujikama from Tokyo, and you have a pretty sick day out.
Facts Keukenhof Stationsweg 166A Site: keukenhof.nl/en Telephone: +31 (0)252 465 555 Fax: +31 (0)252 465 565
2161 AM Lisse
Telephone: +31 (0)252 465 555
Fax: +31 (0)252 465 565