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The Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam is a unique floating flower market. It has been operating from the Singel canal since 1862, and is the only one left in the Netherlands. The market’s 15 stalls float on pontoons, spilling out onto Singel Street in front. Apart for the iconic Dutch tulips, you can pick up bulbs and seeds, as well as other souvenirs.
The flowers available depend on the season. Generally, you’ll find tulips in the spring, roses in summer and, of course, Christmas trees in December. Even if you are not in Amsterdam in the winter, you can still pick up traditional tree ornaments and candles from the Christmas stall that is open all year round.
Flowers at the Bloemenmarkt are reasonably priced but don’t be afraid to negotiate, as you’ll only be going along with the long history of trading in Holland.
There are also plenty of stalls and shops specialising in the traditional Dutch crafts such as Delfts Blauw porcelain, painted clogs and delicious Dutch cheese. Stop off in the café for a taste of Gouda or Edam in a toasted sandwich.
You can easily while away an hour or two browsing the stalls, learning about all the flowers and immersing yourself in the many sweet scents. Great photos of the market stalls can be taken from the bridges spanning the canal.
The Flower Market is located on the stretch of water between the Konigsplein and Muntplein bridges. The stalls are open every day and there is no charge for entry to the market, but it can get very busy. If you are travelling on public transport, both trams and buses from Central Station stop at Konigsplein and Muntplein. As car parking is very limited in the city centre, it’s best to leave your car in the park-and-ride car parks at the edge of the city, and travel in by public transport.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rembrandt Square, Stopera and Hermitage Amsterdam. Flower Market and Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) are also within 10 minutes. Waterlooplein Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rokin Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nieuwmarkt Square and The Old Church (Oude Kerk). Dam Square and Anne Frank House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Amsterdam Central Metro Station is only a 4-minute walk and Nieuwmarkt Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam East, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Oosterpark, Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) and Artis. Hortus Botanicus and Heineken Experience are also within 1 mile (2 km). Wibautstraat Station is only a 3-minute walk and Weesperplein Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Flower Market and Anne Frank House. Artis and Heineken Experience are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nieuwmarkt Station is 6 minutes by foot and Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 9 minutes.
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Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this historic hotel is steps away from Begijnhof, Amsterdam Museum and The 9 Streets. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes. Rokin Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nieuwmarkt Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heineken Experience, Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) and Royal Theater Carre. Rembrandt Square and Rijksmuseum are also within 15 minutes. Frederiksplein is only a 2-minute walk and Weesperplein Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waterlooplein, Hortus Botanicus, and Stopera. Nemo Science Museum and National Maritime Museum are also within 10 minutes. Waterlooplein Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nieuwmarkt Station is 10 minutes.