Keukenhof Castle is a well-known country mansion from the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic.
It was built in 1641 and still stands today, welcoming both locals and tourists.
Keukenhof Castle is located just outside Lisse, at the entrance of the famed Keukenhof Gardens.
The Keukenhof Castle houses fantastic artifacts but is overshadowed by the more popular annual Tulip Flower festival at Keukenhof Gardens.
Keukenhof means ‘kitchen gardens’ and gets its name because the Countess (and later the Castle’s cooks) gathered fruits and vegetables from this spot.
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What to see in Keukenhof Castle?
The Keukenhof Castle portrays the culture and history in its most raw form.
Fabulous furniture and portraits adorn the Castle, so you understand how the Dutch lived during the Golden age.
Famous paintings of Nicolaes Maes from the 17th Century also decorate the walls. He was one of the most famous pupils of Rembrandt.
You can also see the Chinese and Japanese porcelain beautifully displayed at a unique cabinet and the fantastic chimney designed by the French architect and designer Daniel Marot.
Also, in the book cabinet, you can find a complete Encyclopedia from 1770.
The Keukenhof Castle is one of the many things that make visiting Keukenhof worth the effort.
Keukenhof Castle tickets
Visitors can explore Keukenhof Castle only under the guidance of the attraction’s official guide, and you must book your tickets in advance.
However, nowadays, it is impossible to book guided tours to Keukenhof Castle because its attic is being restored.
Once the work has been completed, guided tours of the Castle will resume.
However, the Castle’s Estate remains accessible daily for free.
Cost of the guided tour
Adult ticket (18+ years): €10
Child ticket (4 to 17 years): €5
Due to ongoing restoration work, guided tours are temporarily paused.
Keukenhof Castle is open from April through September, daily from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm.
From October to March, it is open every day from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
The Castle is open only for guided tours. So, make sure you have the ticket before you visit the place.
Best time to visit
Most guests visit Keukenhof Castle during the two-month-long flower festival from mid-March to mid-May.
Since the more significant attraction is the colorful, blooming Tulips in the region, you must decide when to visit Keukenhof Gardens based on the weather.
How to reach Keukenhof Castle
The Keukenhof Estate is located adjacent to the Keukenhof flower garden and is only 30 minutes away from Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, and Leiden.
You can park for free on the grounds of the Keukenhof Estate.
During events paid parking is available in the parking lot of the Keukenhof Flower Gardens.
If you don’t have a car, there are many other ways to get to Keukenhof from Amsterdam.
Keukenhof Castle Estate
The best part is that the Estate of Keukenhof Castle is free to enter.
Guests don’t have to purchase any tickets.
The Estate of Keukenhof is open every day of the week from 10 am to 5 pm.
Part of the Estate is a petting zoo where Dutch farm animals such as horses, cows, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, etc., are on display.
Entry to Keukenhof Petting Zoo is also free.
LAM Lisser Art Museum at Keukenhof Estate
The Estate also has a museum called LAM Lisser Art Museum, for visitors to indulge in visual art forms.
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