Lisse – Heart of the Flower Region

Gemeente Lisse

Lisse, with the neighboring towns of De Engel and Halfweg and of course the Keukenhof, form the center of the bulb region.

Lisse has about 23,000 inhabitants (2006). In 1998, Lisse celebrated her 800th anniversary. Possibly the village is much older. In a 1198 document, Lis is named for the first time, probably resulting from palisade or bulwark. The name of the square in the middle of Lisse with the name Vierkant (Square) refers to such a bulkwark. In the Middle Ages, the people of Lissen (Dutch: Lissenaren) lived from agriculture, animal husbandry and turf cutting. Only later the flower bulb culture began to take shape in and around Lisse. More and more dunes were dug out for the purpose of flower bulb cultivation. The sandy soils, if at least fertilized, were ideal for flower bulb cultivation. This led to employment and great prosperity for the people of Lisse. The flower bulbs fields around Lisse, the Keukenhof and the annual Flower Parade attract many tourists from home and abroad to Lisse and surrounding areas every year.

Keukenhof is the most beautiful flower garden in the world and is visited annually by hundreds of thousands of people. In recent years, the number of visitors has even exceeded 1 million. The Keukenhof is part of the Keukenhof Estate, which also houses the Keukenhof Castle. In 1642 a court house was built, called 'Keukenhof' in the kitchen garden (Dutch: keukentuin) of Slot Teylingen. The yield of this dune area such as game, cattle, herbs and berries were destined for the kitchen of Slot Teylingen. In 1857 the park was redesigned by Zocher & zn landscaping architects who also designed the Amsterdam Vondelpark. The official opening of the flower exhibition took place in 1950. In 2003, the last castle lord of Keukenhof died. Since then, the Castle Keukenhof Foundation has the responsibility for the conservation and exploitation of the estate of more than 280 hectares of land and the 18 national monuments that stand on it. In the flower garden there are more than 7 million crocuses, daffodils, lilies, tulips, hyacinths and other flower bulbs. Guided tours are provided and you can make a trip through Keukenhof with a whistle boat between the bulb fields. In 2018, Keukenhof will be open from March 22nd to May 13th 2018. The Flower Parade is on Saturday, April 21st, 2018.

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