Keukenhof in Lisse

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Keukenhof
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Keukenhof ("Kitchen garden", Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkøːkə(n)ˌɦɔf]), also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world's largest flower gardens. It is situated in Lisse, the Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres).

Keukenhof is located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. It is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol. It is located in an area called the "Dune and Bulb Region" (Duin- en Bollenstreek).

Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.

History

Keukenhof is situated on 15th-century hunting grounds. It was also a source of herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut's castle, which is the source of the name Keukenhof (it served to provide herbs for the castle's kitchen). Rich merchants took over the grounds after the Countess's death. VOC captain and governor Adriaen Maertensz Block lived there in his retirement years in the 17th century in the country house (now known as Castle Keukenhof) which he had let built in 1641.

In the 19th century, the Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt assigned the landscape architect Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who had also worked on the Vondelpark, to design the grounds around the castle.

The garden was established in 1949 by the then-mayor of Lisse. The idea was to present a flower exhibit where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could show off their hybrids – and help the Dutch export industry (the Netherlands is the world's largest exporter of flowers).

Panoramic view of the Keukenhof

Gardens

The Keukenhof features a variety of different gardens and garden styles. For example, the English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see-through points (designed by Zocher in 1830, the garden architect of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, among others). The historical garden is an enclosed garden where you can see many old types of bulbs. The nature garden consists of a water garden where shrubs and perennials are combined with bulbous plants. The Japanese country garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment.

The Keukenhof doesn't contain the long fields of tulips many visitors expect. However, there are tulip fields outside the Garden (mostly privately owned). These fields may have restricted access and are not included as part of the Keukenhof ticket.

Opening times

Keukenhof is scheduled to be open from 23 March to 21 May 2017. The Flower Parade will be held on Saturday, 22 April 2017.

The grounds of Castle Keukenhof are open all year long and are frequently used for festivals such as Castlefest, the Ladies Winternight, and the Christmas Fair. The castle also houses classical music performances.

Distinguished visitors

Many dignitaries have visited the Keukenhof. Queen Juliana was a patron. Her daughters, princesses Beatrix, Irene and Margriet were among the first visitors in 1950. As a passionate filmmaker Prince Bernhard shot some unique films. Other members of the Dutch Royal Family also visited the Keukenhof. In 2001 prince Willem-Alexander and his girlfriend, Maxima, paid a visit to present themselves to the Dutch population. They planted a Tilia europea, the "Koningslinde".

In the autumn of 2003, Prince Willem-Alexander, together with Olympic medal winners Ankie van Grunsven and Pieter van den Hoogenband, planted the symbolical first bulb for the Olympic rings.

In 2005 the park was opened by Princess Margriet.

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Street view

Reviews

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09.05.2017 Tat Kee
Kasteel Keukenhof
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04.05.2017 Jason
Yes it's touristy and yes there are a billion people walking the grounds. But who cares. It's amazing. Sensory overload - beautiful and unforgettable.
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30.04.2017 Morgan
overcrowded but still a beautiful garden with every type of tulip imaginable ?
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29.04.2017 Iman
Perfect designs, vast varieties of tulips and hyacinth make your inspiring moments and memories.
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28.04.2017 Ahmed
Amazing , perfect , do not miss it , if u want to visit Netherlands .. come in winter to enjoy the garden as well ...
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24.04.2017 Christine
Beautiful gardens and surrounding tulip fields. It can get really crowded, so go on a weekday or early in the morning. You can also rent bikes and ride along the tulip fields in town.
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11.04.2017 Metin
Alternatively, instead going inside Keukenhof, rent bycyle at car parking area at front entrance and take a tour between tulip fields !
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03.04.2017 Brain
A spectacular peaceful place with great gardening ideas and a must visit while traveling to Netherlands. I guess they operates during certain periods yearly and the cost per person is about 55€
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26.03.2017 Moe
A really beautiful place to visit during the tulip season. You will be amazed by the number of stunning tulips, orchids and other flowers.
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18.01.2017 Paola
Although he's only been open a few weeks a year is a tie beautiful!!! The most beautiful garden I have ever seen.
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13.07.2016 Daphne
Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! Open 23-3-2017 - 21-5-2017
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13.07.2016 Daphne
Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! There are more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. An unique and unforgettable experience!
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17.06.2016 Kate
Amazing!! I'm not a garden person, but this was spectacular! Highly recommended.
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09.06.2016 Tat Kee
Kasteel Keukenhof^o^
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02.06.2016 Tat Kee
Keukenhof domain Fort^_^^o^
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26.05.2016 Nash
Maybe a guided tour would make more sense than just an amble
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23.05.2016 Tat Kee
Keukenhof also has beautiful flowers.
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21.05.2016 M
A Netherlands must see attraction...very well organized just make sure of season dates beforehand...
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19.05.2016 Tat Kee
Here you can see the beautiful clothes.
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14.05.2016 Florian
Consuming Beetroot and flowers. Also, in spite of the many people you can go for it.
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12.05.2016 Tat Kee
This time I can see the married Jin mother's wedding dress.
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09.05.2016 Alina
To the Park can be reached from the Charisma on the bike. Approximately 1 hour drive along the scenic spots. Bicycle Parking for free near the Park.
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08.05.2016 Faisal
Tulips every where ... The spot near the maze is amazing
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04.05.2016 Sweety
Must-see place! Best time for visit is the end of April. Park is so beautiful.
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03.05.2016 Kate
The Park, covered with carpets of flowers. Even if you're not a fan of flowers, Park will win your heart with sweet aromas and the beauty of nature
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28.04.2016 Stephanie
Gorgeous flowers! Rent bikes and drive around the fields. Put aside at least 5 hours, seriously!
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27.04.2016 Nikolas
This is definitively a must visit. 22 acres of flowers and parks for you to relax and enjoy the view. There are some lookouts into the field
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26.04.2016 Natalya
Wonderful place! Very nice! 20 APR in the Park all the plants are in bloom. But in the fields behind the Park almost all tulips have already been harvested. Tickets for Parking in the Park can be purchased online in advance.
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25.04.2016 Marta
Book in advance and try to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. It's a beautiful garden!
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25.04.2016 Marta
Beautiful garden and amazing views from the windmill,however it was too crowded when I had the chance to visit it.
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22.04.2016 Vadim
A wonderful place that is only 2 months out of the year. When you go to the end of March makes no sense. Only from mid-April.
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18.04.2016 Vadim
The Park is only open 2 months a year and its definitely worth a visit to enjoy the riot of colors and flowers. At a pond with swans for sale excellent herring.
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17.04.2016 Amit
Tulips are the main attraction at Keukenhof but don't miss the orchids show at this pavilion. It's worth it.
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13.04.2016 Irina
100% must visit, beyond beautiful park with hundreds of amazing flowers. Multiple cafes and places to rest.
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10.04.2016 Haitham
WooooooW. Simply wow. Must visit during mid March to mid May
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08.04.2016 Eieana
Unless you are an ardent horticulturist, this place is worth 1 visit for the experience.
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07.04.2016 Alan
Spectacular! Although the star are the tulips section of orchids is impressive. Don't forget to take in the surroundings.
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05.04.2016 Natalia
The sheer amount of flowers -different kinds and varieties -is so inspiring and breath-taking
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05.04.2016 Dee
My favorite indoor part of the display. Disappointed with the outside display, missing the creativity there. Flower beds needed changing, they were a week old.
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03.04.2016 Amit
Awesome. Tulips everywhere. If you arrive and they haven't grown a lot outside due to cold weather, visit Wilem Alexander Pavilion. Do visit Beatrix pavilion to see orchids.
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02.04.2016 Witold
The garden is open from late march, but the best time to visit would be from mid-april. Earlier the famous tulip fields are not blooming yet. Still, there is plenty to see in the garden and pavilions.
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28.03.2016 Adley
Never visit the gardens in the beginning as there is really the third flowers in blossom outside, no tulips in the fields, only mud! So go and spend the money somewhere else!!! Very upset!
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14.03.2016 Stijn
With the (overpriced) combiticket you pay €8 for the bus from Schiphol/Leiden. With OV-chipkaart and most other tickets you'll save €4 or more! ??
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14.03.2016 Stijn
With the OV-chipkaart, you pay only €3,50-€4,00 on balance. With €16 entrance fee so if you are cheaper than the $ 24 ticket from Schiphol or Leiden. Also applies to Amsterdam Leidseplein. Don't be be fooled ?
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20.10.2015 Oksana
It's really nice to eat a magic ? just before u go inside
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22.06.2015 PureWow
Known as “The Garden of Europe,” come springtime Keukenhof boasts seven million blooms.
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13.06.2015 Paulo Andres
Q wonderful site! I am not much for gardens, but the diversity of tulips is a unique beauty!
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27.05.2015 Jeffrey
If you're in the Netherlands in time for this, it's highly recommended you go! Beautiful flowers & space, it's dog friendly too! The gardens are beautiful & although expensive, it's worth it!
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25.05.2015 Natalya
Pavilion beauty !!! And you can hide from the rain :)
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24.05.2015 Lalida_eve
Breathtaking place ... Love it ❤️❤️

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