Lisse Tourism

The tiny 16.05 square kilometre town of Lisse is the jewel of the Dutch Bulb Region. It's definitely been around for at least 800 years, and it's possible the town is 1000 years old. In the 16th century, during times of strife, its tiny community of about 50 households survived on agriculture, animal husbandry, and peat harvesting. Later, it became gentrified with an influx of nobles and merchants and other upper class citizens in the 17th and 18th centuries. But when tulip mania hit, every possible inch of land was given over to cultivating the precious flower bulbs, and so far, this has been the land's greatest economic boon. It still drives the economy today.

The current castle, which is the other main attraction of the town, was built in 1642. In the 19th and 20th century, the castle was extended, redesigned and thoroughly renovated. The garden itself was laid down in 1849. Still, it wasn't until 100 years later that the fame of the gardens really took off.

Essential travel information and Lisse tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: Central European Time Zone UTC+01:00 and Central European Summer Time UTC+02:00
  • Currency: EUR
  • Electricity and Internet: Voltage: 230 V, Frequency: 50 Hz & Power Sockets: type E.
  • Languages: Dutch, English
  • Security: 112 is the universal emergency number.
  • Tipping: 10%, but it might already be added to the bill.


  • Refrain from being gregarious, showing off wealth or boasting too much.
  • Be clean and neat.
  • Ask no personal questions.
  • Shake hands with every individual in a group.
  • Don't gift wine, sharp objects, white lilies or chrysanthemums. Open gifts when received.
  • Wait for the host to begin the meal and finish everything on your plate.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Lisse

  • Know the pollution level of Lisse before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 23.21 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 5 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 10.42 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 22.5 (Low)
  • How safe is Lisse for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lisse.

    • Burglary and Theft 22.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 13.75 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 9.21 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 11.25 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 13.75 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 20 (Low)
    • Drug offense 32.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 78.75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 27.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 28.95 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Lisse is 197.35 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 80.34 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 90.61 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 19.8 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.5 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 76.46 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 81.04 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.28 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 92.33 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lisse

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.19 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.09 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.26 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 93.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 92.21 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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