The flower market of Amsterdam is one of the most remarkable flower markets in the world. This is because it is the only flower market that is a floating market. The flatboats on the old canals, full of colorful flowers, are something you want to see when you visit Amsterdam. You’ll find the market in the old city center.
The flower market of Amsterdam is about 150 years old and first started in 1862. In those days it was called “The Tree and Plant Market” and was located at the “Sint-Luciënwal.” At that time flowers were transported by boat from outside the city and when “De Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal” (which used to be a canal) was filled in, the “Sint-Luciënwal” couldn’t be reached anymore. Than it moved to its current location, “Singel,” and has always been there since.
Since the 1960’s a new product became very popular on the market. Where before the trees and plants were the main merchandise, cut flowers was something new. Also bulbs become more and more popular. This development made the market one of the most colorful places of Amsterdam, which you can’t miss out on when you visit this city. (Cheap weekend breaks to Amsterdam are the ideal way of doing just that, by the way.)
The flower market can easily be reached, as it is in the center of the city, close to the renowned Dam square in front of the Royal Palace. There are several streetcars which pass this floating market and where you can hop off. As it is in the vicinity of most other tourist attractions, it’s also easy to reach by foot. The opening times are: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the last decennia the market became more and more a tourist attraction and this also influenced the assortment. Besides flowers, shop owners in the area offer more and more souvenirs and bulbs. Often you can buy bulbs and plants ready packed for your trip back home and they make a great gift. But take care of the fact that some countries have severe checks on import of flower/plants etc.
You will find any flower on this market, whatever your favorite is, you are going to find it here. The assortment ranges from the traditional Dutch geraniums and tulips, to special indoor cypresses and other plants from the exotic countries. But of course the Dutch tulip is one of the big favorites for foreign tourists and they are offered in all colors and shapes.