The Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and is situated near Lisse. It also is known as ‘Garden of Europe’. Annually about seven million flower bulbs are planted at an area of 32 hectares. The Keukenhof is open from March 21st until May 20th. Yearly the park attracts about 900.000 visitors from all over the world.
Keukenhof history: The name Keukenhof comes from the castle Teylingen that later became castle Keukenhof. The gardens around castle were a source of herbs that were used in the kitchen of castle Keukenhof. In the 19th century the landscape architect Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher got the assignment to design the grounds around the castle. In 1949 the garden was established with the idea that growers from the Netherlands and Europe could show their hybrids and help the Dutch export of flowers. Nowadays over 600 growers present their flowers.
Keukenhof activities: Flower shows are the most important part of the program in the Keukenhof. The best time to visit Keukenhof depends on the weather. March 2013 was very cold and by that the flowers bloom late. Around the Keukenhof there also are activities. There is a Flower Parade, which is a 40km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Further people can rent bicycles. It’s not allowed to cycle in the Keukenhof, but people can explore the colorful surrounding around the Keukenhof. New is to explore the surrounding by ‘whisper boat’.
Colorful flowers in the Keukenhof Surrounding of the Keukenhof
Keukenhof admission: The entrance fee for adults is €15,- and for children (4-11 years) €7,50. Parking a vehicle costs €6,00. The Keukenhof has free WiFi. Opening hours The Keukenhof: Keukenhof is open in 2014 from March 18th until May 18th, daily from 08:00 until 19:30. Ticket offices close at 18:00.
How to get to Keukenhof Gardens: By car: take exit 4 at A4 or exit 3 at A44. Follow the signs Lisse. In Lisse follow the signs Keukenhof. By public transport: during season there is a direct bus service from Leiden and Schiphol to Keukenhof. You can also take the bus from Haarlem and Amsterdam to Keukenhof. Combitickets (bus and Keukenhof) can be bought online for €22,50 (Amsterdam €27,50). For children (4-11 years) it’s €12,50. From Schiphol to Keukenhof take bus 858, the bus stop is near Arrival Hall 4 and the journey takes 35 minutes. From Leiden to Schiphol take bus 854 from the bus station at Leiden Central Station, town centre side. This journey takes 25 minutes. From Amsterdam to Keukenhof take at Leidseplein or Museumplein bus 197 to Schiphol. Change at Schiphol for bus 858 to Keukenhof. From Haarlem to Keukenhof take bus 50 and alight at bus stop Vreewijk in Lisse. From there it’s a 15-minute walk. You can also plan your trip here, but to use regular public transport you will need an OV-chipkaart.
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