Keukenhof Castle - Lisse
Keukenhof Castle can be found on the same estate as the world famous spring gardens Keukenhof in Lisse, where some 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinth can be admired every spring. The castle is a hidden gem due to its opulent gardens and exquisite collection. Keukenhof Castle was built in the Golden Age as a classicistic country house by Adriaen Maertenszoon Block, a former commander in the United East India Company. The name Keukenhof stems from Keukenduin (Keuken dunes), where the produce of the dunes area such as game, poultry, herbs and berries were designated for the estate’s household. Still today, the castle owns an important collection of furniture and portraits, some of which are by the famous 17th century painter Nicolaes Maes. The house can be visited at fixed times and there are guided tours on offer. The castle gardens are stunning and feature a fantastic collection of art objects that fit in well to the rural feel of the estate. The most significant element of its terraced gardens is the hill that was built as early as 1694. The hill offers a beautiful vista across the gardens on one side and the castle on the other side.