In Keukenhof park there are pavilions which also show off the great varieties of flowers.
In Pavilion Willem Alexander (the name of our crown prince) you'll be amazed. What struck me most was how tall and huge the tulips were.
I was there too early, but from 8 May 2008 there will be the largest show of lilies in the world.
Apart from that you will find demonstrations of flower arranging, art sales, garden/balcony/terrace presentations.
Do see the five very colour photos in this tip!
Over the years Keukenhof has acquired its own excellent collection of sculptures by, amongst others, Nic Jonk, André Volten and Carlo van Kervel – with Ode to Rembrandt, the last work by Jan Wolkers, as one of its most recent additions. (Text from the net - pictures by Luchonda)
Picture 3 : a piece of art by Halinka Jakubowska - Les oiseaux - Purchase price on demand.
Picture 4 : Art by Alexander Taratynov - Purchase price on demand.
A theme park of flowers in high season (March-May). But also an event of art (for the adults), a way to relax on a day journey, nice lakes where you will find some birds and swans. Always a nice attraction for children in an environment of pure nature, far away from the city stress.
Wheel chairs can be borrowed for free at the Main Entrance and at the Wilhelmina entrance. The paths in the park are wide enough and there are no obstacles to fully enjoy the beauty of the flowers and all the sights.
You do need to make advance reservations for the free wheelchairs.
The phone number is below.
Available at Keukenhof:
There's a children's route in Keukenhof. There are two puzzle routes that you can pick up for free at all the pay-desks and info desks.
At the main entrance you can hire children's carts.
Children's farm (Kinderboerderij)
Little playground with a pizza stand.
Nappy changing facilities for babies
Picture 1 : A look in the mirror? a turkish bride, a fantasy. Not at all, just a music performing
lady of the band. But i kept me on dreaming anyway.
Back to reality : pictures are showing a turkish song performance during my visit in April 2008. There are more shows during the peak seasons. Just look at the internet site
Other pictures : the band
The infrastructure in Lisse Keukenhof allows a relaxing day to receive a lot of tourist in a short season period. But nevertheless, find your own way of interest (flowers in general, learn how to make bouquets, look, smell and admire the beauty of Narcissuses, Hyacinths or Tulips flower lanes. Just get fine, you and your family in an arch of upcoming spring, year by year. Breath the air of spring after a cold and rainy winter
It is a peace of paradise in Earth.
We went on a Sunday morning sunny enough and cold enough also.
GOING THERE BY CAR : Take A4 from A'dam, go south, pass Schiphol, pass a big rest area above the A4 and after 1,5 km is Exit 4.
Take it make right, go 7 km, on traffic lights make left and from there is a LOOOT of traffic signs directing you to Keukenhof.
ADMISSION for 2008 : 13.5 Euros p/p + 6 Euros p/car + 3 Euros for a booklet with keukenhof map.
The last was really unfair. We have to pay 3 Euros in spite of that we already gave 33 Euros for 2 people and a car.
Map is not important if you have plenty of time. Just stroll around and enjoy.
REST AREAS : You can find lot of restaurants, cafes and a kids playground with a smal department behind having rabbbits, sheep, etc
Also WC's of course but you must pay 0.20 or 0.30 Euro to use it !
SOUVENIR SHOPS : Yes there are 3.
EXTRA : A real wind mill inside the park, working also as a viewing platform.
Admire hundreds of thousands of flowers, blooming and spending their blossom everywhere.
Take a lot of pictures (as Mike say) take your time and relax. We really worth it !
TIME : No matter of time. If you have limitations you nead at least 2.5-3 hours to go around.
Plus 1/2 hour to go there from A'dam and vise versa.
SPECIAL NOTE : If you want peace and not to much people around you, then avoid weekends. A working day will be perfect to you.
Keukenhof means "The Kitchen Garden". In the 15th century this area consisted of woods and dunes and belonged to the Countess of Holland, Jacoba van Beieren. Here games were hunted and herbs gathered for the castle's kitchen. The garden growed and growed and became a topic of dutch flowers exhibition- 32 Ha).
Many pavillions are named by the Royal Dutch Family. (Beatrix, William and Juliana) Orchids plants are my favorites, whenever interested visit the Beatrix pavillion)
Keukenhof is the most beautiful springtime park in the world. It opened in 1949.
Keukenhof has not only exhibited millions of flowering bulbs, it has also given many artists an opportunity to exhibit their works in this richly colourful environment.
(Text from the net - pictures by Luchonda)
PS : The artist is named - but also the purchase price. The price is on demand or fixed. Most purchase prices varies between 5.000 up to 30.000 EURO
Just outside the main entrance is a bike rental with big orange bikes and cycling routes in English, French, German, Japanese.
There are 5 routes (5-25 kms), taking anything from 30 minutes to 2-3 hours.
A bike is € 8,50
A tandem (doublebike) is € 17,50
Add € 1,50 if you want a route description and souvenir.
Or: Bike+route description+coffee/tea and applepie in a cafe along the way: € 12,00
Or: Bike+route description+entrance to Panorama Tulipland: € 14 (open daily 10-17.30 hrs)
note: Bikes are not allowed inside Keukenhof
Here's a typical cycle route with tulip bulb theme:
I know, it is in Dutch. But it has a little map and it starts in Lisse, round to Noordwijkerhout, in a circle.
In the photos you'll get an impression of what you'll see.
In the year of 2008 - Olympics in China - a chinese pavilion. No wonder that a great part of the visitors were from origin chinese. I have to look for figures and statistics, but i can imaging that a relative part of the so called "alochtones population" in the Netherlands are chinese origin. This next to the people from Surinamia
A cliché, "The Netherlands an their classical windmills", i know. But driving, paddling or cruising through this beautiful country, you will see regulary those mills and maybe realize the historical importance of those mills. Nowadays, a modern version of windmills are the future providers of the so called "green energy"
At one of the park, there is a huge windmill, if you dont get a chance to visit a windmill in Holland, then this is the place. You can climb up and see the other side, the Tulip fields, which are not part of the park.