Don't miss Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof amsterdam area flowersAnyone pressed for time who wants to get their fill of tulips should look no further than Keukenhof Gardens. Open for just eight weeks each year (from March until May), the gardens boast a staggering seven million blooms, planted over 32 hectares of impeccably landscaped grounds. Within the gardens, there’s a lookout point over the surrounding bulb region and options to either rent a bike or take a wonderful cruise on an electrically powered ‘whisper boat’ which sails out into the flowering fields.

Swing by Keukenhof Castle

Kasteel Keukenhof amsterdam areaLocated opposite the garden is Keukenhof Castle. Take a tour and learn about its 400-year old history and previous inhabitants through portraits, furniture and decor that span the styles of each century. Head outside to view the unique sculpture collection, or to admire the hidden gardens tucked away on the wooded estate.

Admire some spectacular flower art

Zwarte Tulp Amsterdam AreaThe Black Tulip Museum is also worth a visit if you want to know more about the history of the Bollenstreek (bulb region). The museum paints an enthralling picture of the remarkable ‘bulb-to-flower-to-bulb’ cycle, with interesting exhibits and unique artworks - including an impressive collection of over 440 tulip vases.

Meet the 'Water Wolf'

Cruqius Museum Amsterdam AreaLearn all about the Dutch struggle against the water at Cruquius Museum. This fascinating former pumping station is home to the world’s largest steam engine, known as the ‘Water Wolf’. In the middle of the 19th century, the Cruquius steam engine was used to drain the surrounding lakes in order to create new land. Marvel at a model of how the Netherlands would look without dykes, and experience a live steam engine demonstration.