After breakfast, get ready to explore the Kukenhof Tulip Garden, the most beautiful spring garden on earth. This typically opens in the middle of March and closes the first week of May.
The history of Keukenhof began in the fifteenth century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren (Jacqueline of Bavaria; 1401–1436) procured food for Teylingen Castle's kitchen from the Keukenduin. The estate's area rose to more than 200 hectares once Keukenhof Castle was built there in 1641.
The castle grounds were redone in 1857 by landscape architects Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who also created Amsterdam's Vondelpark. This park, designed in the English landscape style, continues to serve as Keukenhof's foundation.
A group of 20 eminent flower bulb growers and exporters came up with the idea to use the estate to display spring-flowering bulbs in 1949, which was the start of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park was a big success from the moment it opened to the public in 1950, receiving 236,000 visitors in just one year. The subject of the 72nd Keukenhof, which will take place in 2021, will be A World Of Colors. Over the past 71 years, Keukenhof has developed into a well-known tourist destination.
There will be an excursion from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans if the Kukenhof Garden is closed.
Highlights of the Tour: Age-appropriate Pick up and get all of your admissions at a meeting place.
A knowledgeable, experienced, and kind guide will take you on a tour of the village before giving you the chance to further explore it on your own.
Meet your guide and driver at our convenient meeting spot, which is located across from Central Station Amsterdam. You'll be taken to today's destination on a comfortable, air-conditioned single-deck bus in around 20 minutes.
At the windmill town Zaanse Schans, an outdoor museum, you can witness working windmills, wooden residences, farms, and stores from the 18th and 19th centuries. All of these buildings were relocated here beginning in 1961, revitalizing the Zaan region's most prosperous period.
The Zaan Region became an industrial hub on a scale never before seen during its golden age with 600 functioning windmills—wooden industries powered by the wind. These small businesses produced a wide range of goods using wind power, such as machine-sawn wood, ground spices, culinary and painting oils, flowers, cocoa powder, and many other items.
The windmill village of Zaanse Schans has many signs of the wealth of the 18th and 19th centuries. Along with windmills, barns, and other structures, you will see exquisite mansions that were initially built as the residences of affluent windmill owners and merchants. The exteriors of these houses are attractive and were painted in traditional colors like light blue, beige, and green.
When you initially arrive, your guide will give you an introduction of the community. You will visit the clog museum's adjacent wooden shoemaker's shop and eat Dutch farmer cheese at the cheese farm. Continue your independent investigation of the village as the next phase. Your guide will provide you with additional information about the region and what makes it unique, educate you about the history and culture of the area, and share insider tips on what to see and do before you depart to explore the Zaanse Schans on your own.
Inclusions: shared tour with a guide