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For those with a hankering for tulips and all things floral, there is no greater destination than Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden. Every spring it opens its gates to millions of visitors. Around 7 million bulbs are planted on an area of some 32 hectares. The gardens are located near the town of Lisse in South Holland. Although the history of the gardens goes back several hundred years, its current incarnation goes back to 1949 when it was set up to provide a place for Dutch flower growers to showcase their blooms to the world.
Keukenhof is open each year from the last week in March to mid-May. The best time to catch everything in full bloom is usually around mid April. It is open from 8:00am until 7:30pm daily, including on Sundays and public holidays.
Adults (including 65+) are charged € 14.50 per person. Children (4-11) are charged € 7 each.
Parking costs €6.
Keukenhof is located at Stationsweg 166a in Lisse.
The nearest train station is at Hillegom. If you have a bike, you could ride from there to Keukenhof. Check the Dutch Railways website for more information regarding schedules and prices.
The best way to reach the Keukenhof by car is by taking the A44, which branches of the main A4 highway between The Hague and Amsterdam. Take exit 3 and follow the provincial road N208 from there.
If you have access to a bike, then you could ride it to Keukenhof from one of the nearby train stations. The fields surrounding Keukenhof are also filled with flowers.
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