As Netherlands enjoys the flower capital of the world, Amsterdam offers a variety of unforgettable flower tours throughout the year, whether it is flower exchanges, the world’s biggest flower markets above water, Keukenhof Gardens, flower greenhouses, and tulip museums. The city is visually, culturally, historically, economically, Of course, there is also fragrance, which brings tourists an all-round refreshing experience.
The Netherlands is the world’s main producer of commercial tulip plants, the flower fields are the highlight of spring in Holland. Every spring people from all over the world enjoy the beautiful landscape in or around the city centre of Amsterdam. Enjoy the tulip fields, smell the hyacinths, feel the spring breeze and learn all about the Dutch icon, the Tulip.
Explore the flower paradise with beautiful flowers, flavours, people, and places, emjoy the best way to experience the Dutch Flower Region. Traditionally, an exhibition of millions of tulips is made in the Keukenhof in Lisse in the spring, which is mainly visited by tourists. In addition, many tourists come to look at the tulip fields. The most famous area with the most beautiful flower fields is around Keukenhof Tulip Gardens at only 40 kilometers from the centre of Amsterdam.
The famous flower exchange in the Netherlands, Aalsmeer Flower Auction is a must-see attraction for the flower tour in Amherst. This famous place in economically history has always maintained the status of the largest flower auction in the world. Flowers from all over the world are traded every day in this gigantic building, around 43 million flowers are sold daily. The auction is set up as a Dutch auction in which the price starts high and works its way down. Bidders get only a few seconds to bid on the flowers before they are sold and passed on to the new owner. A large number of flowers are sold here in a fresh Auctioned by means of auction, and then quickly shipped to buyers around the world.
The Bloemenmarkt is the world’s only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, it is sited in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on the Singel canal between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city’s southern canal belt. It has 15 souvenir and gift shops, with only a few still selling fresh flowers. Today, the market is one of the main suppliers of flower bulbs and tulip paraphernalia to tourists visiting Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Tulip Museum is a privately owned museum in Amsterdam. The museum features exhibits about Tulips. The museum features an exhibit which explores the famous Tulip mania of the 1630s. The tumultuous Tulip trade led to one of history’s most infamous market crashes. The museum also features exhibits of Ottoman-style Tulip-themed art and ceramics, bulb industry artifacts and films about tulips. The Tulip Museum shop sells Dutch flower bulbs. The museum has multimedia presentations which are viewable on LCD screens.
In the Tulip season, the city center of Amsterdam is also blooming with beautiful flowering tulips. Experience the beautiful tulip flowers everywhere in Amsterdam, in the public areas of Amsterdam, in the gardens of the city’s museums and hotels, and by notable buildings in the city center as wel as in various districts of Amsterdam. The Tulip Experience Amsterdam tells the story of the tulip in the museum section, enjoy 1 million tulips in the show garden, pick a bunch of tulips in the indoor tulip-picking garden and enjoy your tulip art at the art market.
Visit Keukenhof & tulip farm Tulip Experience Amsterdam and get to know all ins and outs about how farmers in the old days as well modern day tulip farmers grow their bulbs and flowers. Keukenhof Gardens, Europe’s most beautiful spring garden. The surroundings of Keukenhof Gardens are enchanting, enjoy the beauty of the most colourful flower gardens, see and smell hundreds of thousands colourful flowers during the tour. Many different flower fields provide a unique experience every spring. The beautiful colors and smells give you the real spring feeling. With these sightseeing tours to experience the tulips and flower fields at their best.
Flowers are one of Holland’s best-known products. Especially in spring, flowers are also very visible in the flower fields in the countryside close to Amsterdam. The tulip season in Holland marks the beginning of spring. The colorful flowers and the rising temperatures make many people from all over the world happy. The best flower attractions and flower museums in Holland for you. Some are only open during tulip season and others are open all year round.
Flower auction aalsmeer
The flower auction is a world on its own. You will have to get up early if you want to visit the auction, but it is more than worth it. Experience the hustle and bustle on the floor, see the traders buying at the clock and marvel at the huge numbers of stunning flowers from more than 50 countries that are bought and sold here every day. The flower auction is open all year round.
The world’s largest flower auction is located in Aalsmeer which open from Monday to Friday. All the action accredited to the Royal FloraHolland takes place on the Legmeerdijk. The flower auction came into being in 1910 in two Aalsmeer pubs. At that stage, Royal FloraHolland started with just one warehouse and has since been expanded to an area which would encompass 200 football pitches.
43 million flowers and 5 million plants are sold every day. The most popular varieties are roses, tulips and chrysanthemums. The number of flower and plant species traded exceeds 30,000. More than 60% of the global flower and plant trade passes through the Dutch flower auctions. Every year, some 1,200 to 1,500 new products are added to this total. There are also products that are no longer traded, some of which you may still find in the Historical Garden in Aalsmeer.
The Aalsmeer Shuttle, which you may see when you arrive at Royal FloraHolland, is 18 kilometres long and ensures that flowers and plants are transported from one side of the building to the other in 10 minutes. Due to the size of the flower auction, it would take a car up to 45 minutes to drive the same distance. The cold storage rooms at the flower auction in Aalsmeer cover a surface area of 51,800 m2.
The flower auction near Amsterdam is a world on its own. As a guest of Royal FloraHolland, you can follow the entire auction process from a special gallery. Stand at the center of the international flower trade for a unique experience. Experience the hustle and bustle on the floor, see the traders buying at the clock and marvel at the huge numbers of stunning flowers from more than 50 countries that are bought and sold here every day.
From the Visitor Centre, walk across a gallery through the auction complex. At the end of the bridge, you arrive at the auction room where dealers buy at the clock. As you walk around, you’ll find information panels which explain – in four languages – the auction process and the activities you’ll be watching. There’s no need to sign up for this tour in advance. You can also explore the auction with a professional guide. Tours are conducted in Dutch, English or German. Combine your visit to the flower auction with the new flower experience center FloriWorld. This center is located next to the flower auction.
Bloemenmarkt Flower Market
Amsterdam’s Flower Market is a renowned icon on the Singel canal, at the heart of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. The market here actually dates from 1862, when flower growers would sail their wares on barges into the city centre via the Amstel River. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats and evoke the old days when the market was daily supplied by boat. The Amsterdam Flower Market is the only floating flower market in the world, the modern-day market is actually comprised of fixed barges, but is no less a spectacle. The flower market of Amsterdam is a particularly colorful place in the city. Each barge has a glasshouse built atop, like a mini version of the greenhouses found throughout the countryside.
There all sorts of iinternational hotspot for flowers all year round, i.e. tulips, narcissus, snowdrops, carnations, violets, peonies or orchids. At the Amsterdam Flower Market you can either buy bouquets, single flowers or bulbs. The sellers also offer house plants, herbs, seeds and bulbs, also cute typical Dutch souvenirs to bring back home with you, every shop at the Amsterdam Flower Market has some such as clogs, wooden tulips or cheese. On December the flower market also sells green Christmas trees of all sorts and varieties.
Keukenhof Gardens is the most populair flower attraction in Holland during spring. Keukenhof Park covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres) and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the gardens annually. Keukenhof is widely known for its tulips, and it also features numerous other flowers, including hyacinths, daffodils, lilies, roses, carnations and irises. The gardens are the perfect location to enjoy the flowers in Holland. During Tulp Festival the tulip fields near Amsterdam are blooming, during this period it is definitely recommended to visit this beautiful flower park. By planting the flower bulbs in layers, the flowers in Keukenhof flower earlier and longer.
Keukenhof is situated on the 15th-century hunting grounds of Slot Teylingen. In 1857, Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt, at the time owners of the estate, tasked landscape architect Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, both also designers of Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, to restructure the park and grounds around the castle. Those parks, designed in English style, remain the foundations for the gardens. The Keukenhof park was established in 1949 by a consortium of bulb growers and flower exporters to showcase their products and support the export industry.
In addition to the tulip gardens, Keukenhof features a variety of other gardens. The English landscape garden features winding paths and surprise see-through vistas. The walled area of the historical features archival varieties. In the Nature Garden shrubs and perennials are combined with bulb plants. The Japanese Country Garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment. Four pavilions house rotating displays and flower exhibits.
Every year, more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted by hand in the autumn to flower in spring. There is a variety of 800 different tulips. A unique and unforgettable experience for everyone. There are also spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique artworks and wonderful events. Every year the flower park is dedicated to a specific theme. The inspiration gardens, events and artworks are adjusted accordingly. Keukenhof is also very nice for children. They can enjoy the treasure hunt, the petting zoo, the maze and the playground. For the little ones, there is also a Miffy playground.
From the 15 km hiking trails of Keukenhof you will have a spectacular view of the flower gardens. During your walk you will see unique, weekly changing flower shows, beautiful ponds and various pavilions with various restaurants and terraces. It is your chance to make the most beautiful selfie and flowers photos. In addition to the huge flower garden, the flower park is also the largest statue garden of the Netherlands. You can admire many statues made by national and international artist.
Tulip Farm De Tulperij
One of the greatest experiences during spring in Holland is visiting a real tulip farm. De Tulperij is a tulip farm near Amsterdam to experience the tulip growing and admire the flower fields at the farm. Just 5 kilometers from Keukenhof Gardens, the Tulperij is a relatively small tulip farm, located near Keukenhof Gardens.
The farmers that grow flowers are mostly located in big greenhouses where the flowers are not visible from the outside. In the greenhouses they can grow tulips and other flowers all year long. In early May, the flowers are often headed to ensure that the flower bulbs get the best quality. They also have a beautiful show garden where you can enjoy many tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
Discover all about the Dutch tulip at Tulip Farm De Tulperij. Most farms are not open for visitors but there is a beautiful tulip farm near Keukenhof Gardens that you can visit during tulip season in Amsterdam. You will see the colorful flower fields and meet the farmer. Take great photos in the show garden and book a tour given by the farmer. It is a real family business and visitors are welcomed personally. And the farmer and his wife can tell you the story of the tulips as no other. The tulip farm is open during the tulip season.
Tulip Experience Amsterdam
One of the newest tulip attractions is the Tulip Experience Amsterdam. This museum with very large tulip show garden (more than 1 million tulips) is less than 2 kilometres from Keukenhof Gardens. The Tulip Experience Amsterdam tells the story of the tulip in the museum section, lets you enjoy 1 million tulips in the show garden, pick a bunch of tulips in the indoor tulip-picking garden and enjoy your tulip art at the art market.
Tulip Experience Amsterdam was set up by a large flower bulb grower to tell the story behind the cultivation of tulip bulbs. Experience the story of the tulips in this new flower attraction in Holland. A journey through the wonderful world of the tulip and through the entire process of the flower bulb trade; from planting to shipping worldwide. Authentic machines are set up to explain the progress of production throughout the years.
There is also a giant tulip show garden to admire where you can take the best photos and videos. Enjoy the outdoor tulip show garden where 1 million tulips are waiting to be photographed. Take as many amazing pictures as you can in this beautiful color palette. Relax and grab a coffee while enjoying real Dutch delicacies in coffee corner. Watch a film about the history of the Bollenstreek (flower region) in the authentic cinema. Afterwards you can pick your own bunch of tulips in the indoor picking garden, and you can buy local products at the indoor farmers market. In the art corner, full of colourful tulip paintings and objects.
The Tulip Barn
The Tulip Barn has created an amazing tulip garden for that. The Tulip Barn is another tulip farm near Amsterdam, which has 400,000 tulips in a unique tulip seflie garden. The Tulip Barn is set up as the place to take the most beautiful pictures among the tulips. There are more than175 different varieties colourful tulips. Between the tulips there are nice photo objects to make your pictures even nicer. There also with fun photo elements such as a swing, bicycle and many more photo opportunities.
The Tulip Barn can be reached by car. The best way to visit the Tulip Barn is by bicycle. There are several bicycle routes that pass the Tulip Barn. It’s easiest to take the train to Hillegom station, from there, it’s about a 15 minute walk to The Tulip Barn. You can also travel to Keukenhof first with one of the special Keukenhof buses. From Keukenhof it is about a 3 kilometre walk. After visiting the garden, it is possible to have something to eat or drink in the greenhouse or sunny terrace.
Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Amsterdam Tulip Museum features exhibits about Tulips. In this small museum you will learn a lot about the iconic tulip. The museum is in a canal house. The museum was established in 2004 in a canal house in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam, and has 200 m2 of floor space. The exhibits in the museum trace the history of the tulip from its origins in the Himalayas to its arrival arrival in the court of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566).
The museum features an exhibit which explores the famous Tulip mania of the 1630s. The tumultuous Tulip trade led to one of history’s most infamous market crashes. The tulip is an intriguing flower which has inspired artists, designers, painters and florists. No other flower is as mysterious and exciting as the tulip. The Amsterdam Tulip Museum shows you the special and suspenseful history of the tulip. It seems as if you are taking a walk through time and following the tulip on her adventurous voyage. The tulip industry comes to life in pictures, videos and made-up scenes that make you feel like you are part of this great adventure.
A simple, yet striking flower from the high mountains of Central Asia, the tulip first was discovered and taken home by plant hunters of the Ottoman Empire. It became a famous and beloved flower during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century. From there the tulip started its journey throughout Europe and finally ended up in the hands of the Dutch who gave it her world-wide fame. Examples of the tulip in different settings can be seen in the Amsterdam Tulip Museum.
The museum also features exhibits of Ottoman-style Tulip-themed art and ceramics, bulb industry artifacts and films about tulips. The Tulip Museum shop sells Dutch flower bulbs.The museum has multimedia presentations which are viewable on LCD screens. The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is open all year round.
Museum De Zwarte Tulp
Museum De Zwarte Tulp, the museum about flower bulb culture and -art, is situated in Lisse, the heart of the Flower bulb region. In the museum visitors experience the flower bulb region guided by an interactive exhibition for the whole family and school-going youth. The museum tells about 500 years of history of the region, about the labour in the fields of 100 years ago and the present day, and the science behind the development of new varieties of tulips. It also tells the science behind developing new tulip varieties. In addition, the museum shows how artists are inspired time and time again by the beauty of flowers through, among other things, print collections, an art collection of paintings, glass, porcelain, silver and contemporary art.
There’s a 40 minutes drive from the city centre of Amsterdam. The museum was opened in 1985 as Museum for the Flower Bulb Region by a private initiative. The museum was housed in the center of Lisse in an industrial building that was converted for the museum function. In 1995, 10 years later, the museum was expanded and renovated to a total area of 700 m². The museum received, among other things, an exhibition corridor, a library and a room for the boardroom.
There also exhibition about artists inspired by the beauty of flowers, with the help of one of the most important collections of pictures in this field, an art collection consisting of paintings, glass-, silver- and china-ware and alternating exhibitions of modern art. During the flower season a variety of bulb plants are flowering in the museum garden. There is a museum shop and a museum cafe for coffee, tea and non alcoholic drinks.
Every spring there are several traditional events in Holland around the flowers. The most famous is the Flower Parade Bollenstreek. Every year the parade is the highlight of spring. During the annual tulip festival in Amsterdam, beautiful blooming tulips will be set (usually in large pots) at different locations throughout the city. There are also many other flower events to experience.