If you are going to see the flowers at Keukenhof Gardens then be sure to wander across the street to see the lesser known Kasteel Keukenhof. This historic chateau was held by barons and wealthy merchants alike since the 15th century. It has now been refurbished and transformed into a unique space to house contemporary art during the flower season.
The old and the new mix together in a unique way thanks to curator Gijs Stork. Inside the castle you will find fashion, video, photography, and sculpture all intermixed with the old chateau grandeur - all in the theme of flowers. Everywhere you look there is intrigue - even down to the secret doors. Flower based art is located in each room of the castle. The special exhibition is temporary though - so be sure to check the website for further details of when you can visit - Tour Schedule 2013 - http://www.kasteelkeukenhof.nl/uw-bezoek/rondleidingen
If you can't make it inside - it's still worth a stop. Be sure to walk around the sculpture gardens and grounds as they are impeccably manicured and less crowded than Keukenhof Gardens filled with tourists.
How to get there: Keukenhof Castle is located just outside Lisse, straight across the entrance of the famous Keukenhof Park. By public transport, you can take the train to Leiden Centraal (about 30 minutes travel from Amsterdam Centraal) and the bus 54 from the nearby station (Keukenhof Express – it leaves two times every hour).