Keukenhof Wheelchair Access, Tulip Heaven & Dutch Flower Fields

April 25, 2013 in Accessible Days Out, Adaptive Cycling, Netherlands

Keukenhof Wheelchair Access Info

Wheelchair users don’t hesitate!  Keukenhof is totally wheelchair accessible, mobility scooters, powerchairs & manual wheelchairs will have no problem.  The layout is almost all flat, smooth and step free. Each of the buildings have disabled toilet facilities. All the flower shows and restaurants are spacious enough to get around. Disabled parking spaces are available near the entrance (although you still pay the 6 euros parking fee) Entrance to the gardens is 15 euros and “carer goes free” applies.

Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available to hire but should be booked in advance. For more Keukenhof wheelchair access info go to www.keukenhof.nl/en/reservation

 

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When To Visit Keukenhof

It totally depends on nature.  Keukenhof gardens are open every spring, this year (2013) from 20th March to 20 May.  We visited on 18th April and were lucky to have a sunny day.  Because of the long cold winter the flowers were late this year so the gardens were not yet at their peak, but it was still very green with splashes of colour outside. The flower shows inside were in full bloom so we still got our tulip fix despite the delayed blooming outside.  Before we arrived I kept checking the flower update on tulipsinholland.com (very helpful) and also the latest Keukenhof reviews on tripadvisor to get an idea of what to expect.

 

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Tulips In Holland

Keukenhof has tulips galore, lovely vibrant hyacinths and the prettiest frilliest daffodils I’ve ever seen.  This is flower photography heaven…bring your camera!

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Flower Fields

We saw hyacinth, daffodil and some early tulip fields blooming during our visit.  We were lucky to catch the beginning of this colour fest.  A week or two later and it must be an amazing sight when the majority of the flower fields are in bloom.

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Daring as we are, we went for a wheelchair bike ride to find some blooming flower fields.  We parked the car in Lisse and headed out on the cycle path.  The path was good until we hit the smaller roads near Keukenhof, then the route became just a marked cycle lane on the road with the cars.  So it wasn’t ideal for us to cycle around this area as we prefer to be car free when on the wheelchair bike.  We took some pics but the weather was quite cloudy on that day so they came out dull.

After our visit to Keukenhof we visited these fields again on a detour back to our hotel in the car.  It was a tulip drive by in the sunshine, so the photos came out much better.

Wheelchair Travel In The Netherlands

Travelling by car (and ferry) to the Netherlands in April 2013 we visited the countryside north of Amsterdam around De Rijp, the windmill village at Zaanse Schans, the north sea beach resort of Noordwijk and the flower bulb area around Lisse including Keukenhof gardens.  For Netherlands wheelchair travel links & blogs visit this post >>> Wheelchair Travel Netherlands 

 

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