Keukenhof Bulb Gardens – Holland

In 2008, the Keukenhof will only be open until 18 May!
In 2009, the Keukenhof will be open from 19 March until 21 May!


Keukenhof
Stationsweg 166a; Lisse, NL
+31 (0)252 465 555
Email: info@keukenhof.nl
Web: http://www.keukenhof.nl/
All the information that you need is on the website in English. DO go to the website and read through the most frequently asked questions… there are some great answers to questions I wouldn’t had thought of asking.


Where? Keukenhof sits between Amsterdam and The Hague in the Bulb region near the coast. If you’re close to Lisse, you’ll see signs that direct you there. The N207 is the closest main road.

Price?

Parking – 6 Euro
Adults — 13.50 Euros
Children 4-11 — 6 Euros
Children 3 and under — Free

Tickets? Avoid the lines and get your tickets online through the website or at your hotel if they are available there. Parking you can pay for either ahead of time with your ticket or when you leave via cash.

Hours? 8.00 a.m. to 19.30 p.m. daily (ticket office closes at 18.00 p.m.)

Kids?
Definitely! We spent 5 hours at the gardens with 4 kids and could have easily stayed longer except that it had rained, so the playground equipment was wet. The gardens provide enough space for adventurous kids to run a little (supervised, of course), and there are a lot of little things for them to enjoy like the playground, the petting zoo, the lake with geese and ducks, the stepping stones in the lake that they can walk across, the windmill, large beanbags to lay in, and other random little things sprinkled throughout the park. My kids had a great time. The restaurants do have kids meals and there are plenty of clean bathrooms at .40 each.

Good to know… The restaurants are good, but expensive. But — the Keukenhof does allow food to be brought in, so this is a perfect place to bring a picnic lunch (corkscrew and all) and have a wonderful picnic amidst the flowers. Really, between the gardens, the display pavillions, and the picnic ability, you really could spend all day here. And, if you didn’t read the kid blurb above, do know that bathrooms are not a problem and they are kept very clean. Just .40.

Keukenhof Facts:

• Keukenhof is unique and famous throughout the world
• It is one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands and has clocked up more than 42 million visitors in the last 58 years
• It is the largest bulb flower park in the world
• It covers an area of 32 hectares
• 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties
• It is one of the most photographed places in the world
• There are 15 kilometres of footpaths
• It is the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands – full of sculpture and interesting art displays.
• The bulbs come from 93 Official Exhibitors
• 7 million flower bulbs planted by hand
• More than 2500 trees in 87 varieties

Flowers? Not just for tulips, although you’ll see plenty of those in unimaginable varieties, you’ll see flowers you’ve never seen before. Enjoy many bulb flowers including daffodils, amaryllis, hyacinths, blue bells, and orchids. Wild flowers in abundance. An orchid garden. Flowers to buy and ship worldwide. Indoor gardens as well with many inspirational rooms showing creative floral displays for the home.

When to go? A bulb garden with spring bulbs, this garden is only open during a few weeks each year in the spring and though they plant many varieties that will not all bloom at exactly the same moment, you can plan your trip according to the seasons. If it’s a slow, cold spring, plan your trip a little later towards the end of April or May. If it’s an unusually warm spring, then go early. Of course, there are millions of beautiful flowers, so any time will be enjoyable. We saw some clusters that had already reached their prime and had been clipped. Others were still unopened buds.

Nearby Lodging

Other stuff to do in the area: Beaches, The Hague, Delft, Amsterdam, Gouda, Madurodam…

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