Each spring, Keukenhof in Lisse, Holland comes alive with blooming flowers in every color where visitors come tip-toe through the tulips at the world’s largest flower park. Wandering around Keukenhof, I kind of felt like it is Holland’s version of Disneyland. Being the largest flower park in the world, a unique visual and olfactory experience awaits for those who love nature and want to breathe the fresh air of Holland. Keukenhof is usually open from end of March up to end of May. We booked a day tour from Amsterdam to Keukenhof via Lindbergh (priced at € 65), which included roundtrip transportation and admission to the nearby bulb farm (I enjoyed the quick visit to the farm as I got to see hundreds of colorful bulbs lined up at the fields) and of course to the Keukenhof garden. If you want to go there by yourself, special trains and bus connections are also available via Schiphol airport, Haarlem and nearby Leiden. Admission to Keukenhof is priced at €16.
Amsterdam is home to a variety of world-famous museums. No trip to the city is complete without stopping by the famous Rijksmuseum or Stedelijk. From exhibits about cats to an amazing collection of handbags, photography, archaeology and more, there are about 75 museums to choose from when in Amsterdam, which attract almost seven million visitors every year. The city center is best seen on foot while most museums are just walking distance from each other as well. You can buy entrance tickets online for most museums but I also suggest getting an iamsterdam city card that gives you free access and discounts to some of the city’s popular museums. I visited 3 of the best museums in Amsterdam (2 more on part 1 of my travel diary). Check out the photos below:
Amsterdam is a city of a thousand bridges, endless canals, and constant sight of bicycles whizzing by making it one of Europe’s most lovely old-world metropolis. Next to Paris, Amsterdam was the city I was really looking forward to experience on my last trip to Europe. Aside from the 17th century bricked houses lining up on the city’s canals, there’s an enormous amount to see and do — it’s teeming with high culture, from world-class art at Rijksmuseum to Jordaan, a former working-class area that is now full of contemporary art galleries, boutiques, and hipster cafes.
Passing through the Comic City of Europe made me change my perception on Brussels as a monotonous city that gives off a workaday feel than other Belgian towns being the capital of the European Union. Indeed, Brussels has much more to offer than most people imagine. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers, Brussels is also home to incredible art galleries, quirkier sights such as The Atomium, a unique comic strip route, and remnants of inspiring architecture in the old town quarter.
Brussels’ unique comic strip route, for example, took me along several walls in the city with huge paintings of famous comic book heroes. Each mural is depicting a Belgian comic character within a unique Brussels’ scene. Walking along the comic strip route made me fascinated on how Belgians love comics so much. No wonder why many comic artists throughout history have moved to Brussels to create their work there.
Brussels — Belgium’s capital has earned its reputation as the home of some of the world’s hidden architectural treasures and as the birthplace of waffles, fries, chocolates, and beer that I certainly enjoyed when I was there (the reason why I had to go to the gym often after my trip to Europe lol). Brussels is a city that is historic yet hip. It’s self confident yet unboastful. It might appear a bit dull for a first impression as compared to its neighboring countries such as France and Netherlands but taking time to wander around Belgium’s fascinating capital will make you think otherwise.