What to Visit-Amsterdam
If you had to think of a flower for the capital of Holland, Amsterdam, you’ll surely imagine a tulip—a genuine symbol that has become the national flower and one of the city’s hallmarks, filling every nook and cranny of it with color and exuberance.
Despite not being native to the Netherlands, the tulip is one of the main sources of income for Amsterdam and one of its most popular tourist attractions. This is without a doubt due to such remarkable markets such as the Bloemenmarkt Flower Market, a floating market of barges found on the Singel canal, which has certainly become a renowned icon with its greenhouses selling flowers, plants, ornaments and typically Dutch souvenirs.
The Bloemenmarkt Flower Market was founded in 1862, in Sint-Luciënwal, during a period in which the country’s flower growers sailed the Amstel River with their flowers on barges—boats that transported goods—towards the city center. Since 1883, it has been found between Koningsplein and Muntplein squares, in the center of Amsterdam, on the banks of the Singel, a canal that surrounded the capital in the Middle Ages and one of the places that you simply must visit.
At the Bloemenmarkt Flower Market, you’ll find tulips, snowdrops, narcissus, carnations, orchids or peonies, among many other flowers, aside from seeds, bulbs, herbs, gifts and house plants all year.
Take the opportunity to stroll through Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat streets, two of the city’s main streets on which you’ll find the best urban clothing stores. Explore nearby Spui square and its popular art and book markets as well.
Bloemenmarkt Flower Market
Singel 610-616 Binnestad
Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How to get there:
-From our building Eric Vökel Amsterdam Suites at De Ruijterkade 127, take the tram line 1, 2, 5 or 24 from Amsterdam Centraal Station, which is located next to our apartments (17 minutes) or enjoy a pleasant stroll (23 minutes).
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