Keukenhof? That’s the place to see spring blossom. The park is unique, world famous, and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for sixty years now. Haven’t seen Keukenhof? Then you haven’t seen the Netherlands. You won’t find such an abundance of colours and fragrances anywhere else. More than seven million flowers form a glorious decor for the most beautiful photos. Come to Keukenhof and enjoy the ultimate spring feeling, the wonderful works of art, the surprising insipration gardens and the many flower shows.
Where Keukenhof is situated now, was a hunting area in the 15th century. Herbs for the kitchen of the castle of Jacoba van Beieren were also collected here; hence the name Keukenhof.
The current park was a section of the sizeable estate of Slot Teylingen, with beautiful untamed bushes and dunes. After the decease of Jacoba van Beieren Keukenhof fell into the hands of rich merchant families. Baron and baroness Van Pallandt invited landscape architects J.D. and L.P. Zocher, designers of the Amsterdam Vondelpark, to make a design for the garden around the castle. This design, in the English landscape style, has always been the basis of Keukenhof.
At the moment the estate belongs to a Foundation. On the initiative of the Lisse mayor of that time and a number of leading flower bulb growers and exporters, an open air flower exhibition was organised here for the first time in 1949. This expanded to an annually recurring event that has always drawn great numbers of visitors from all over the world. This is how Keukenhof became the park that we now know.
In 2013 Keukenhof will be open from March 22nd up until May 20th. Daily from 08:00 – 19:30 (including Sundays and Holidays).
The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam arranges day tours @ € 40 for 4.5 hours.
All 2013 Traveline Guests at the hotel also receive:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- in restaurant La Rive or Continental breakfast via room service
- Monday through Sunday:
- Light lunch or dinner in the Brasserie/Lounge/Bar (excluding beverages) OR Sunday & Tuesday – Thursday: Light dinner in La Rive (excluding beverages) OR Fri & Sat: Complimentary wine arrangement with dinner at Restaurant LaRive (excluding food)