If you are in Amsterdam, a trip to the Bloemenmarkt, the city’s flower market, is a must. It is unique in Europe and it is here that tourists and shopkeepers buy their flowers. It is a must-see during a visit to the city, and you certainly can’t miss it.
The Bloemenmarkt is located along the Singel canal, between Muntplein and Koiningsplein. Flowers and plants are displayed on barges that from the outside look like real shops, colourful and fragrant. The barges are lined up one after the other as if forming a ‘normal’ shopping street with one shop after the other, they are supported by poles and are overflowing with tulips, daffodils and bulbs of all kinds.
The Amsterdam flower market dates back to 1862, when merchants used barges to transport flowers from the suburbs to the city centre and displayed the beauty of their colourful and rare flowers along the Singel canal.
This tradition has remained unchanged over time, and even today you can relive the atmosphere of that period and be fascinated and attracted by it.
Amsterdam’s flower market is a historical and meanwhile colourful place. You can see many flowers of rare species, appreciate the pleasant play of colours of the tulips, while indoor plants, mysterious cypresses, dried flowers and flowers made of wood – real works of art – are also sold.
If you visit the Bloemenmarkt during the month of December, you will find wonderful and special Christmas trees for sale.
If you would like to take some souvenirs home with you, there is also the possibility to buy various typical Amsterdam souvenirs at this market, such as the famous Dutch cheeses, special coloured wooden or ceramic clogs, or wooden tulips, which best represent a visit to the Bloemenmarkt.
The Bloemenmarkt is open with the following opening hours
The Amsterdam Flower Market can be reached by trams 1, 2 and 5 from the Koningsplein stop and by trams 4, 9 and 14 from the Muntplein stop.
The nearest metro stop is Waterlooplein: from there it is about a 10-minute walk along the Singel to the Bloemenmarkt.
The Bloemenmarkt is located along the Singel canal in the Grachtengordel-West district, which is part of the historical city centre, just south of the Medieval Centre.
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