The Aalsmeer flower market near Amsterdam is the world’s largest flower auction.
Around 20 million flowers are sold here every day, inside the world’s fourth largest building. Whether you like flowers, or you’re just trying to kill time during a layover at Schiphol airport, this is a fascinating place to visit.
You have to get up early though. The market opens to visitors from 7-11am but most of the action is done by 9am so ideally you want to be there in the first couple hours of business. Entrance costs €5 and you buy your ticket at the ‘Tourist Entrance’ (clearly marked in white letters, as you approach the building).
What will you see? All kinds of things! The sheer scale of the flower auction house on its own is impressive. The walk from one end to the other on a catwalk above the main hall easily takes 10-15 minutes in each direction.
Where to find it: Legmeerdijk 313, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, 1431 GB Aalsmeer. It’s easiest if you have a car but you can also take bus 172 from Amsterdam. It starts at Central Station and stops at Museumplein and Leidseplein, on its way to the main entrance of the auction house (BVFH Hoofdingang). From Schiphol, take bus 300 towards Amsterdam and get off at Amstelveen bus station, where you can change for bus 172.
Here’s An Official Video About The Auction:
And Here Are More Photos From Our Visit: