Aalsmeer Travel Guide

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Aalsmeer Things to Do

  • Flora Holland

    Flora Holland or the Aalsmeer Flower Auction complex are well-known.The auction is open to the public on:Mo-We: 7AM - 11AMTh: 7AM - 9AMFr: 7AM - 11AMYou can opt for a self-guided tour or a guided tour and even go for the combination ticket to visit the village of Aalsmeer and join a boat tour.Prices:Adults: €6.00Groups (from 15 people):...

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  • The Flower Market

    If you visit Aalsmeer you can't miss The Flower Market. Inside the premises you'll see the vast hangers with crates of flowers to be auctioned and the famous Auction clocks.

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  • A whole world in the Flower Auction...

    Just the facts ma'm:1. this complex was opened on the 28th of February 1972 and is continously expanding2. The Auction is co-operative and has 3.500 members (the actual growers)3. Flowers and plants are delivered in evening and at night from 7.000 growers.4. the complex holds a refrigerated space of 40.000 m2 to preserve the flowers and plants in...

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  • Aalsmeer, centre of commercial TV

    In the Netherlands we have two towns that are connected with television. Hilversum for the "state"-TV (the Dutch broadcasting companies that are connected to the "public"). And Aalsmeer that holds the studio-complexes of Ende-Mol directly related to the RTL-broadcasting stations and other commercial enterprices. The studios also invite people in as...

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  • worlds largest flower auctions 2

    60,000 transactions done each day with 4 auction rooms kept busy - luckily they are able to be watched through clear glass windows

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  • worlds largest flower auctions

    Very special - masses of flowers to feast my eyes and cameras on! I took loads - my SLR and my digital did some good work that day!See buckets of roses, sunflowers, masses of reds or yellows or purples or pretty mixes.Up to 60,000 transactions are handled a day Monday to Friday so it is big business - held in a huge complex out at Aalsmeer 45...

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  • the lake

    At the lake in Aalsmeer there is created a little beach where it si nice to swim. Also it is possible to rent boats or boards, for watersports. Fishing is also possible and there are tours on the lake and canal.

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  • flower-auction

    This is the biggest flower-auction of the world, you will have to come early to see the auction in action. You will see outside lots of little carts full of plants and flowers and inside the auction is busy with lots of bidders.

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  • Must see's are done, now some off the...

    The auction, the greenhouses, the flowers and related items as well as the "Westeinder plassen" (Westend lakes) are definately must-see activities in Aalsmeer. For the Dutch the Ende-Mol studios can also be quite interesting. As the town itself, often it is left aside the road or quickly driven through. To anyway give a small impression I have put...

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  • The rich and famous within Aalsmeer

    Aalsmeer, close to Amsterdam and yet not overpopulated and in the possession of some open space (in both land as well as water), has in the last decades attracted quite some wealthy people towards it's bounderies. One can see this when driving around the outskirts of Aalsmeer and sees the villa's, bungalows and mansions with wide...

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  • Canals, ditches, rivers, lakes ... water...

    To keep the land dry, The Netherlands have a very dense system in waterways. Especially in the polders that are beneath sea level these waterways are of life importance. Without them one wouldn't keep their feet dry. Ditches take care of the draining water in the soil and the ground water. This gets lifted (often by smaller windmills) into a higher...

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  • Nearby pictoresk villages on the lake

    Surrounding the lakes there are various villages that are worth visiting. They can be reached by a scenic drive along the dikes or the agricultural lands surrounding the lakes (see also my "Vrouwenakker" page). But when in Holland you might also choose to go there by boat or bike. Distances are never that far and enjoying the land- or waterscape is...

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  • The "Westeinder plassen" (Westend lakes)

    In early medieval times the Dutch discovered that their peat actually was a first form of organic fuel. Massively and until the late 19th century throughout various provinces peat digging started and was quite the profitable industry. However, digging in a country that is already under sealevel can be seen as not that clever and soon one started to...

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  • Flowers in a parade

    Flower parades are popular in the Netherlands. Many districts have a parade somewhere in the year, but the parade of all parades is definately the one of the flowerdistrict between Leiden and Haarlem ("Bloemencorso van de bollenstreek" always the last weekend in April). Probably next is the one of Aalsmeer, which is going from Aalsmeer surroundings...

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  • Dahlia Maarse, the farm house that marks...

    When entering the historical gardens from the road side you pass a beautiful farmhouse. This historical monument was the living house of Joost Timmers, a master carpenter and windmill-builder. He lived here until 1825 when the house became the property of the family Maarse. They rebuilt the farmhouse in a smaller summerhouse and grew until 1975...

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  • And then go home with ... a bouquet of...

    Strange as it is, you won't be able to buy flowers at the auction. Simply enough, you're not a buyer unless you want to go home with a few hundred bouquets ... a day! (-:Flowers can be bought in many shops, as well as tankingstations. The quality variated from excellent towards lousy. Growers in the surrounding of Aalsmeer however also often offer...

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  • Where they all ended ...

    Maybe one of the most explicit prooves how important (plant and) tree growers were in Aalsmeer and surroundings, can be seen at the tree growers cemetry in the town itself. Yes, you hear it well, the honoured growers of trees did have their own resting ground just next to the Roman Catholic church and the Carmalites monastry. However, looking more...

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  • Where it all (the trade) started

    Within the old centre of Aalsmeer you will find the "Old Auction-house", now-a-days a café-restaurant, art exposition space, library and society building. Here the growers of Aalsmeer started in 1912 their first auction house, which however already bursted out of it's walls of lack in space in 1928. The flowers and plants then were deliverd from...

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Aalsmeer Transportation

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    by angiebabe Written Apr 22, 2007

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    The tourist office staffperson gave me directions in readiness for heading out from my hostel to the flower markets at Aalsmeer for the next morning as having to catch a bus from Liedesplein - which i did - ie the 171 and i did enjoy the walk and sights of the early morning from my hostel near the red light district up to Liedesplein - but i of course came to realise that the 171 and 172 actually go to and from Centraal Station.

    which was ideal for heading off from Centraal Station to catch a train out of town to Alkmaar.

    The buses are pretty much on time and are quite frequent at at least every half an hour. There is a timetable at the bus stop outside the Aalsmeer flower market centre.

    There were some excellent examples of Dutch architectural design along the route.

    getting off at the bus stop at Centraal Stn Leidesplein in the distance early morning Leidesplein
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Aalsmeer Shopping

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Apr 12, 2004

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    Aalsmeer is a local shopping centre for a district that is centred between Utrecht, Leiden and Amsterdam. It has some nice shoppingstreets that offer a wide variety in clothing shops as well as other specialities. Art galeries invite to look around for a special painting or statue, but the definate must in Aalsmeer is ... flowers. Going home from this place to your wife and telling her where you have been, without offering a nice bouquet ... well, there are divorces that started out with that - hahaha (-:

    What to buy: Flowers in various bouquets, colours, smells and variaties.

    Nice old house, hiding a little clothing shop

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Aalsmeer Local Customs

  • The typical Dutch fishermen's style...

    Also in Aalsmeer one can find perfect examples of the green facades of the fishermen's style that originates from the area around Zaandam, Marken and Volendam. This style spread all around the "IJsselmeer" (IJssel-lake) and is remarkably enough also found in these neighborhoods, though fishery never was an important professional group here. The...

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  • A poem about Aalsmeer surroundings

    Sinds ze gescheiden is,het water en het land,Leeft het hier hand in handin een verbintenisvan eeuwenlang innigheiden mildheid en gemisen hoop en strijdhet water neemt en geeften trouw van mensenhandbezegelt dit verbandwat men aan liefde heeftis met dit land gemoeidomdat het waarlijk leeftwanneer het bloeitmidden in Holland slaatdit hart van licht...

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  • Just some fun about the weather report

    The holy stone of AalsmeerWeather predictions since 1887 (and remodeled in 2001)A stone on a rope tells you everything:1. if stone is wet, it rains2. if stone is dry, it's nice weather3. if stone feels warm, it's sunny4. if stone is white, there's snow5. if stone moves, there wind6. if stone is invisible, there's fog7. if stone has dropped to the...

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Aalsmeer Off The Beaten Path

  • Statue high above the ground

    Dear sire,The Statue on the Central square in Aalsmeer is off the goddes "FLORA".She is helding a long bung of flowers (1,5 meter).FLORA (flora and fauna) is placed there in 1950 as a tribute to al the flowers that grow in Aalsmeer.In Aalsmeer she is cold the "Queen of flowers".On the statue (ca. 10 meters) she is looking over Old Aalsmeer and hiss...

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  • A train and an old station in Aalsmeer

    Aalsmeer used to be connected to the train network of The Netherlands, but isn't anymore. Still you can find a small station with a train, that tells the story of the line that ran here in long forgotten times. There was of course transport from the products (plants and flowers) and earlier still the dug out peat. Aalsmeer honours it's loyal means...

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  • The watertower, a marker visible on the...

    When driving along the borders of the lake, or sailing on the waters of it, on the horizon is always the large watertower of Aalsmeer visible. Getting closer many might ask the question why such tower, storing water, is right on the border between water and land? Well, watertowers were not there to just store water for dry periods. Watertowers are...

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Aalsmeer Favorites

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Apr 11, 2004

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    Favorite thing: In and around Aalsmeer until the 17th century one lived from peat digging (proove are the many lakes in this area now). Then the profit in this lowered and people started to look for other means of income. This quickly was found in fruit and the fruittrees appeared row by row. Also vegetables and strawberries seemed to grwo good on the organic soils here and nearby Amsterdam was a well paying consumer market. Slowly the flowers and plants however became more profitable and the farmers turned over to this speciality. With the first greenhouses and the opportunity to make year'round production, the tone was set and Aalsmeer became the world's capitol of flower-trade.

    One of the older farmhouses with fruit trees

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