• Open for just eight weeks each year (from March until May), the Keukenhof gardens boast a staggering seven million blooms, planted over 32 hectares. To get there from Amsterdam Central Station, take a train to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and then the Keukenhof Express bus 858 or 361 to Keukenhof. Alternatively, take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Haarlem Station and then bus 50 to Keukenhof. Both journeys take around an hour. 

  • Located 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.

  • If you visit the region out of season (June to February), you can still get your flower fix. For the ultimate flower experience, Floriworld is a must. Discover how plants and flowers impact daily life, take a selfie against a backdrop of blossoming flowers and marvel at the amazing artistic creations handcrafted by expert florists. If you want to take a memento home with you, make sure to bid on a bouquet in the auction hall at the end of the tour. 

  • The Black Tulip Museum (1 km away, Heereweg 219) 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.