The flower auction in Aalsmeer, known locally as Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer is the world’s largest flower market and sets the price for the sale of flowers and plants around the world. Situated 17 miles south of Amsterdam and next to Schipol Airport, the flower auction covers an area of nearly one million square metres. Visitors are welcome and whilst you will have to get up early to catch the essence of the market it will be an early start well worthwhile.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Reach Aalsmeer on the A10 motorway if you are travelling from Amsterdam. Come off onto the A4 towards The Hague, then take exit 3 for Aalsmeer and travel along the N201 following signs for Aalsmeer and Blomenveiling. You can also travel by bus. Take the 198 from nearby Schipol Airport or the 172 from Centraal Station in Amsterdam city centre.
Visit the flower auction on days that it is open to the public. Visitors are welcome between 07.00 and 11.00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Opening times on a Thursday are 07.00 to 09.00. The auction is closed to the public at weekends and public holidays. Admission for adults is €6.00 (£5.10) with children admitted for €3.50 (£3). Group and family tickets are also available. Parking is free at the site.
Tour the flower auction by yourself if you want to see it in your own time. Explore the visitor centre first and then you can walk across a gallery through the auction complex and reach the auction halls. You will see information panels around the site which explain the auction process and what is happening in different areas. You don’t need to book a self-guided tour.
Booked a guided tour with a professional guide if you are part of a professional group, for example taking a group of students or on a press trip. Another option is to book a combi-ticket which allows access to the flower auction, entrance to the Historic Garden and a tour of Westeinderplassen aboard a Westeinder Rondvaart boat. Westeinderplassen is a series of nearby lakes which are part nature reserve and part leisure facility with rowing, surfing, swimming and sailing available.
Tips and warnings
- Add a few days in Amsterdam onto your trip and enjoy the laid back vibe of Holland's cultural centre. The flower market in the city may seem tiny compared to Aalsmeer but sights such as Amsterdam's museums, Dam Square and Anne Frank House are well worth a visit.
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