The Keukenhof Gardens and the Keukenhof Castle are really the only things anyone ever comes to sightsee. Once someone does arrive, they are always surprised to find the lovely little Black Tulip Museum is worth visiting too. Of course, the gardens only really come alive for two months in the year (late March - late May), and there is another small flower season during September and October. If you arrive during any other time, you'll be wasting the trip. Still, the castle is open all year round, and travel guides will take you through it. The other tourist attractionis a reconstructed historical watermill to check out. And St. Agatha's church, one hundred years old, is a nice bit of architecture. Other than these, there is really not any other thing to do in Lisse. Most people only come for a day, returning to Amsterdam or the Amsterdam airport when finished with sightseeing.
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Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
08:00 am - 07:30 pm
It's hard to describe this garden's sheerly superlative features in words, so let's do it with numbers instead.
The size is 79 acres.
There are roughly 7,000,000 flower bulbs, planted annually.
Flowers include tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies, snow-whites, and crocus.
The garden is open only for two months out of every year - late March - Late May.
It receives over a million visitors in those two months.
There are more than 20 flower shows.
The flowers are provided by 100 different producers.
There are 8 gardens in different styles here.
There is a sculpture garden with 100 specimens.
The garden was opened in 1949.
Adjacent to Keukenhof Castle, this garden, Queen of Gardens, is undisputedly one of the most beautiful in the world. There is no one style. There is an English landscape section. There is a historical flower section. In one corner there is a Japanese garden, and in another, a nature garden. It's almost frightening how utterly beautifully these are arranged. During open season, an unbelievable kaleidoscope of colors explodes across a canvas of bright green grass, shaded overhead by flowering trees. If there was ever a poster child for spring, this is it.
In the second half of April is the annual flower parade, always an enchanting sight. But there are also an additional 20 flower shows through the season. One of the most beautiful annual orchid shows is held at the Beatrix pavillion. This is also the site of the world's largest lily exhibit. You can buy flower bulbs outside the gardens.
There is a small petting zoo children will enjoy. They will also enjoy the windmill, the Miffy playground, and the pancakes at the cafe.
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Keukenhof-Noord 1, 2161 AN Lisse, Netherlands
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
The castle was built in 1641 as a country house. The word Keukenhof means 'kitchen'; in the Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut used the castle's parks and the nearby Keukenhof Gardens as her herb garden. The castle has since had quite a rich 400 years worth of history. As you're guided through the interior, that history will be brought to life for you through portraits, furniture, monuments and decoration. Altogether there are five areas for you to explore: the main castle, the coach house, Frederick's Court, the court farm, and the 200 acres of woodlands surrounding the castle. When you visit the Castle, there may be a special flower exhibition at the park. It's worth checking out, especially as the fee is covered in the admission price. The food at the restaurant is pretty good, very innovative. And finally, there are events at the castle throughout the year - concerts, festivals, medieval fairs and of course, the spring flower show.
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Grachtweg 2A, 2161 HN Lisse, Netherlands
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is a fascinating museum, detailing the history of these lands, and how the tulip affected its growth, economy and society. It also explores the science behind how the flowers are bred, and how the flower has influenced art. The building in which the museum is housed used to be a tulip bulb storage facility. Inside, the museum looks more like someone's intimate personal studio gallery than it does an exhibition space. You will find drawings and photographs of tulips, and the tools old tulip harvesters used to work with. A particularly lovely exhibit explains the legend of the black tulip, how it drove the 17th century tulip mania, and why no such flower exists.
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1e Poellaan 65, Lisse, The Netherlands
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A 'polder' is a sort of watermill. The one you see in this location was constructed in 2003, to replace the original from the 18th century, which burned down in 1999. There may have been a water mill in this location as far back as the 17th century. It is a red brick and wood structure. It fell into disuse in the early 20th century and was bought by the municipality in 1943. Various restorations were made over the years until the fire destroyed it; only the upper shaft of the original mill still remains here. In 2008, it was declared a municipal monument. It makes for a rather quaint selfie opportunity.
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Heereweg 273, 2161 BH Lisse, Netherlands
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This neo-Gothic church was built in 1903 by architect Jean Groenendael. It is a cruciform church, 60 metres high. The facade is made of red and yellow brick. Almost everything about it is more than a century old. The stained glass windows were applied in 1908. The organ was placed in 1913. Inside is some quite decent artwork - paintings and murals.