USNC Professional Team

Practical information

Elizabeth van Dijl
Started by Elizabeth van Dijl on
08 May 2013 at 09:36
Florida Earth Netherlands Programs Coordinator and trainee at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, Florida Earth Foundation, Institute for European Environmental Policy
Know-how: Water Efficiency

Some practical information, related to what we discussed during the Tallyfox meeting:

- The hotel has been booked starting Sunday night. This means you are responsible for the Saturday night stay. However, the Hampshire hotel in Delft knows that we will be coming in on Saturday, so there is no need to book a room in advance.

- When you arrive on Saturday Stan and I will be there to welcome you. We will put the luggage in lockers, and spend a few hours in Amsterdam. We are looking into buying tickets for the Rijksmuseum. Afterwards, we will take the train back to Schiphol airport to get the luggage, and go to Delft to the hotel. We plan to be there before 5pm since most of you will probably be tired.

- The next day we might go to Keukenhof. We can take a short train ride from Delft to Leiden (also a nice small city), where we can take a bus (25-minute bus ride on bus 854) to the Keukenhof. We are not getting tickets for that (yet), as some of you have already bought them yourselves. For the people arriving on Sunday, it will be possible to check into the hotel early.  

Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden, located in Lisse, Netherlands, about 45 minutes outside of Amsterdam city center. The park was once a hunting area, then served as the herb garden of the Countess of Hainaut and after her death it was passed on to wealthy merchants who hired landscapers to intensify the beauty of the area. Currently the estate is owned by a Foundation. In 1946, the mayor of Lisse at the time and prominent bulb growers held an open air flower exhibition, which since then occurs annually and has become the Keukenhof Gardens as it is known today.

Keukenhof Gardens covers 80 acres with more than 7 million blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesia, hydrangea, gerbera, daffodils, roses, and many more spring bulbs with 15 km of pedestrian paths for visitors to fully discover the beauty of the park. Each year the theme of Keukenhof is different, the theme of 2013 is “United Kingdom – Land of Great Gardens”. 

- Renting bikes: it will be possible to rent bicycles in Delft. We will not use the ov chip card service for this, because you need to request a subscription to the service 7 days before.

- Dinner schedule: Monday on your own; Tuesday tba; Wednesday dinner at the Batavia; Thursday tba; Friday farewell dinner.

If you have any other questions or comments, please let me know!


Elizabeth van Dijl
Some of you have asked me about the train times for getting back to the airport. Good news: the trains basically run 24/7 between Delft and Schiphol. For example, if you take the 7.35AM train, you will arrive at Schiphol after 37 minutes (and you do not need to change trains). The trains on Saturday leave Delft at XX.05 and XX.35. There are some other options too, but those will take longer and you will have to change trains. Total price for the trip is €9.10 (second class, no discount card). You can get all this information at the following website: I think a taxi will cost around €60...
Jantienne van der Meij-Kranendonk
Hi Hector,

I will be flying from IAD too, but with KLM at 17:55 pm. We will probably see each other at security

Elizabeth van Dijl
There is an interesting app you can download for the Rijksmuseum, here is a description: It should also be available in English.
Erich Connell
Looking forward to meeting all of you! I am a new member... and will be leaving on Friday from Atlanta on KLM 6012 on the 7:35 pm flight. Hope to go with the group to the Keukenhof on Sunday but need to know at what time that group will meet to go there. Thanks for putting this together and see you soon!
Erich Connell
Safe travels!
Hector Fuentes
Hello everyone!

a) I am flying out of Washington IAD on Saturday, May 10 (UNITED, 5:20pm). Is anyone else on the same flight?

I would like to join the visit to the Keukenhof. I do not have a ticket yet, but will purchase it there, if at all possible.

Thank you for the information.
Elizabeth van Dijl

It will be possible to buy tickets at the entrance. What we might do is buy combi-tickets which also include the bus fare, and which will save us waiting time at the entrance. I was at the Keukenhof last weekend and it was very busy (and very pretty!). They predict rain for this weekend, so there might not be as many people. Good idea to bring an umbrella! Have a safe flight!
Michele Companion
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