The Keukenhof Flower Route
The Keukenhof Flower Route starts at TOP Lisse, at the former station. This is now set up as a restaurant. In spring - from the end of March to the end of May - you can visit the Keukenhof and see the tulips, crocuses and daffodils in full bloom on the bulb skins between Lisse and Noordwijkerhout. Throughout the year you can enjoy the polder landscape, the forests and extensive dunes on the coast in the region around the village of Lisse.
The bulb fields with their straight ditches and high dune roads alternate with green avenues and old country estates. The plots form a beautiful colorful patchwork quilt in spring. In addition to the many bulb fields, the varied landscape, the canals and ditches, the monuments and the charming villages make the route a true experience.
In addition to the Keukenhof flower exhibition and the bulb fields, the estate with Keukenhof Castle is also worth a visit. The castle was built as a residence by a commander of the Dutch East India Company in 1640. Later, around 1860, it was converted into a neo-Gothic castle with different types of towers. Furniture from all ages and style periods can be found in the various salons. The beautiful interior, which has been preserved in its entirety, shows how the nobility used to live.
Lisse and surroundings
The village of Lisse originated on the beach wall, between the dunes and the Haarlemmermeer. The oldest building in Lisse is the fortified residential tower't Huys Dever, built around 1375. In the 17th and 18th centuries, wealthy townspeople established beautiful country estates here. The inner dunes and almost all estates have been excavated for sand extraction and flower bulb cultivation. An exception is the Keukenhof estate, where the Keukenhof flower exhibition is located on part of the estate. The history of flower bulb culture can be seen in Museum De Zwarte Tulp. The village of Lisse has a cozy catering square,'t Vierkant, with a shopping center nearby, where you can find various authentic shops.
Tip 1: Keukenhof Estate
The attractive and wooded Keukenhof Estate is located in the middle of the Bollensteek. A visit to the estate with the castle, the gardens, art exhibitions, catering, petting zoo and nature and environmental visitor center is definitely recommended!
Address: Keukenhof 1, Lisse Phone: 0252-750690 Internet: www.kasteelkeukenhof.nl
Tip 2: Keukenhof flower exhibition
If you want to experience spring to the fullest, visit the largest flower garden in the Netherlands from March to May. No fewer than seven million flower bulbs bloom in the 32-hectare park. In addition, beautiful indoor exhibitions are continuously organized here.
Address: Stationsweg 166a, Lisse Phone: 0252-465564 Internet: www.keukenhof.nl
Tip 3: Museum The Black Tulip
Five centuries of flower bulb culture are summarized in Museum De Zwarte Tulp. The museum shows how flower bulbs are grown and how new varieties are created.
Address: Grachtweg 2A, Lisse Phone: 0252-417900 Internet: www.museumdezwartetulp.nl
Tip 4: Village heart Lisse
The village heart of Lisse originated from the square't Vierkant. The first occupation of Lisse around 1198 consisted of a number of houses around the dune top't Vierkant. This is now a square that residents and visitors know where to find a snack and drink.
The square is situated on Heereweg at house numbers 220-240.
Tip 5:'t Huys Dever
't Huys Dever was built shortly after 1375 by Reinier Dever or d'Ever, who came from Dutch nobles. The building is a so-called residential tower or donjon, as many have stood in the coastal region. Except for Dever, they are all gone.
Address: Heereweg 349-A, Lisse Phone: 0252-411430 Internet: www.kasteeldever.nl
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