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Top sights in Amsterdam
The small town of Lisse, south of Amsterdam and Haarlem, is home to the Keukenhof tulip garden, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from the world over each year.
Built in 1642, the castle is by far the most prominent building in the village. Unlike the gardens, it's available to visit all year round. Definitely worth a stop!
The Juliana Pavilion houses this exhibition that tells of the rise of the tulip in the Netherlands. From the Golden Age to the present, discover its economic and cultural impact!
Really, it doesn't get more Dutch than this... riding a bike through endless fields of tulips. It's the essential way to experience Keukenhof!
The Dutch word for pancakes is "pannenkoeken," a staple of local cuisine. Make it a quintessentially Dutch day and stop by for an afternoon snack at the restaurant!
If photos aren't enough, you can also buy colorful bulbs from the local shop. Make sure you check customs regulations of your destination or home country first, though.
Keukenhof is only open from March until May, so visiting times are very limited - check in advance for the exact dates, as this changes each year.
8:00AM to 7:30PM, although do note that the ticket office closes at 6:00PM.
Adult admission is €16, and you may be able to get a special price for groups of more than 20 people.
- When should I visit?
- Keukenhof is only open from March 24th to May 16th, 8:00AM to 7:30PM.
- Is it expensive?
- An adult ticket costs just €16.
- Will I need a guide?
- It can't hurt!
- How to get there
- Keukenhof is just a short drive from Amsterdam, off the A4 or A44 motorways. Tours from Amsterdam are also available.
- Additional information
- Exact March to May dates vary by year, so double check online before you plan your visit!
- Dogs are allowed, as long as they are on a leash, and free lockers and Wifi are provided!
What people are saying about Keukenhof
Guide was very nice but not very informative - keep asking us if we had questions. He should have had a plan in place and telling us about where we were going and about Amsterdam, etc. Cheese place quick and nice however it is a place they stop so you will spend money. The windmill village had this same type of cheese demonstration. Not enough time in the windmills to visit them all and we did not even get to see the wooden shoe maker because our guide asked us to wait until the end and then 3 buses showed up and he said you can wait but it will be long wait now and suggested we not. When we first arrived at the village there was no one at the wooden shoe demo and no reason for us to have missed it. Keukenhof was wonderful and we did have enough time there.
Really good day looking at the beautiful flowers with lots to see. However no signs for bus stop coming back and girl who was supposed to tell us the bus had arrived didn't show up until bus was leaving and it was too late. A coach was used with an A4 sized notice on the opposite side of the coach saying hop on hop off bus and so wasn't clearly visible. The girl from This is Amsterdam didn't even apologise even though a few people were complaining. We had to wait another 30 minutes and this time she lined people up to get on the bus and escorted them on. Would have given this trip 5 stars only for that.
Pros and cons Arrived early to get bus to keukenhof for 11:30 as we had a short window of time to visit. We were told we couldn't get on the 11:30 but could go on the 12pm bus then we were put on the 11:30am coach but it didn't leave till about 11:45am. On the way back we went for the 2pm bus but ended up on a bus going back which would have been the 1:30 but again left late at 1:45. It was tricky deciding if we could have stayed longer as buses weren't running to time and didn't want to miss our later connections. Otherwise everything was good.
Bus driver and tour guide very good. There were multiple language groups on our tour which took away from her time having to speak in 3 languages when she could have devoted more time to share history of the Netherlands. While most of the tulip fields had already been either clipped or plowed up, they made an effort to find an area that still had a few rows of tulips left. Tour was timely. Enjoyed our canal cruise. Felt the narration via recording on canal cruise could have been more informative.
Approaching Keukenhof one felt a little let down. ( No flowers - But the weather plays a big role in the timing- An early hot (warm) spring ) . Once inside the Gardeners MAGIC starts playing their role. Magnificent displays , replaced fairly often, keeps the visitors enthralled. The diversity is a major factor and around every corner something new and exciting is presented. For such a busy place even the food and catering is vey good.