Keukenhof is the world famous flower garden park - one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, attracting 850,000 visitors during springtime.
Netherlands is well-known as a leading flower producer and Keukenhof helps showcase this reputation.
If you are in Amsterdam during the spring then you should consider making a day excursion out to the Keukenhof park.
Keukenhof is the largest bulb flower garden park in the world, set in 32 hectares and originally opened in 1949. It is located in the small town of Lisse about 25km south-west of Amsterdam.
The gardens are beautifully landscaped and contain some 7 million flowers - all hand planted - including many rare varieties of tulips and a fine collection of orchids.
The park is only open for 2 months during the springtime. The Keukenhof 2014 season runs from March 20th to May 18th 2014 and the theme will be "Holland". On May 3rd 2014, the Flower Parade will travel the 40km route between Noordwijk and Haarlem.
You can easily spend the whole day exploring the park and its 15km of walking paths. There are large indoor exhibition pavilions named after the Dutch royals, a traditional 19th century Dutch windmill, a lake with stepping stones and a boat ride past the adjacent bulb fields. The park also contains many outdoor artwork sculptures.
There are café/restaurant facilities at each pavilion with outdoor terrace seating. There are many benches placed throughout the park where you can sit down and take a break. Free WiFi is available.
There is a small children's farm and playground.
A free daily guided tour at 1400 starts at the Bulb Information centre. Group tours can also be arranged at extra cost.
It is possible to purchase flower bulbs which can be shipped worldwide.
Keukenhof Essential Info
Opening Times: Open daily during March-May season from 0800-1930, last admission 1800.
Admission Prices (2014): €15 for adults, €7.50 for children 4-11. It is possible to buy e-tickets online so that you don't need to queue up. Car parking costs €6. The 1 hour boat rides cost €7.50.
Getting There: Buses run from both Schiphol airport and Leiden central station to the Keukenhof park entrance. From Schiphol Plaza take Arriva bus 858 to Keukenhof - the journey time is 35 minutes. From Leiden take Arriva bus 854 which takes 25 minutes. A one-way ticket bought on-board costs €6 or slightly less using an OV-chip card e-purse. Buses run 4-12 times per hour.
You can also buy a combi ticket (bus+admission) online for €22.50 which includes park admission and a return bus ride from Schiphol or Leiden. A combi-ticket from Amsterdam is also available at €27.50 which also entitles you to a return ride between Amsterdam and Schiphol on bus 197.
Alternatively you could take an organised coach tour from Amsterdam to the park - these are more expensive than travelling independently.
Stationsweg 166A, Lisse, Netherlands
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