Buy a Tourist Day Ticket to travel around South Holland by bus, tram, metro or waterbus for a fixed price for a whole day. You can also use it to follow this route, which takes you to three spectacular and unique parks and gardens. The Netherlands is a leading exporter of flowers (those divine tulips) and plants but this route offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of exotic flowers and plants and classic landscape architecture.
Essentially, Keukenhof is an annual showcase for Dutch flower bulb growers. Aside from that, it is also a beautiful estate with spectacular gardens that you should visit. With dazzling displays everywhere you look, the flower season is obviously the preferred time of the year for a visit. Every year, hundreds of growers submit their most beautiful bulbs and plants, which are arranged in stunning displays by an experienced team of gardeners. Please be aware that Keukenhof is only open for a few weeks every year. The flower season usually starts in early March and runs until the end of May.
Head to the Netherlands’ oldest botanic garden in Leiden for inspiration. The Hortus Botanicus can be found in the historic city centre. Spanning three hectares, the garden is home to a most unusual collection of plant species from around the world, and Southeast Asia in particular. Admire exotic flowers, explore the tropical greenhouse, and daydream under centuries-old trees.
The Duivenvoorde Estate has many hidden histories, which all add colour to its past and punctuate this romantic testament to the noble family that lived here for almost 800 years. Find out more about these hidden histories as you tour the historic gardens with an expert guide Thursday through Sunday from 11.30 am till 1.30 pm.