In May 2012, Mr. Selfish and I spent four days in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I had always dreamed of visiting the tulip fields in Amsterdam, so I accordingly planned a trip to Keukenhof, which is the world’s largest garden in nearby Lisse, Netherlands. Keukenhof is open from mid-March to mid-May each year.
Unfortunately for us, we went at mid-May, which was the end of the season for the tulips. To my dismay, a lot of the tulips were dead by the time we arrived. I would recommend going mid-April, which is the height of the tulip season. It was still lovely – even if the tulips weren’t in full bloom.
Aside from the beautiful tulips, Keukenhof has plenty of areas through which one can stroll. There are ponds, a windmill, a hedge maze, and a petting zoo.
Finally, you can also visit Castle Keukenhof, which was quite scenic. There were some modern art exhibits nearby, but Mr. Selfish and I mostly enjoyed the view of the Castle, which we had to ourselves.
Even though it wasn’t the height of tulip season, Mr. Selfish and I enjoyed our visit to Keukenhof. It was certainly lovely, and there were lots of gardens and ponds for leisurely strolls.