No one goes to Amsterdam for the weather; it's rainy and windy for most of the year, although in summer there are beautiful evenings to be had sitting with a drink on a terrace beside a canal. On the other hand, from June through August the city centre is packed with tourists, leaving April (for the Tulip season) & May as the ideal time to go.
Fondest memory: Tulip fields in April......gorgeous
Favorite thing: flower markets in Amsterdam were first held in 1862. They have since developed into the best-known flower market of Holland. Whatever your favorite flower, you are bound to find it here. Merchandise ranges from the traditional Dutch tulips and geraniums to delicate indoor cypresses and manobole plants from the Easter Islands. Typically Dutch souvenirs are sold too. In December the Singel market colors green with masses of Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes
four years ago when I visit Amsterdam, I saw the flower market in the distance and I promised myself to visit the market next time I was in Amsterdam.
I love flowers, and all these flowers where a nice suprise for my eyes :-)
The flower market can be found along the Singel canal between Muntplein and Koningsplein
Daily -9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m
Favorite thing: Simply couldn't avoid taking pic of these freshly cut tulips.... they are sooo F R E S H!!! It seems that they even crunch in your hands as new banknotes... (ok, not a very romantic comparison, but what can you expect from a banker? ;))
Ok, this place I missed while my last trip to AMS, probably got lost somewhere in RLD and joints' smoke.... :)))))
It's one of Amsterdam's landmarks, but nothing Special (with a big S), however a friend of mine asked me to buy an onion of amarillis, so there was no any better place for it!
The onion is still at my place, several days ago I found out that it started to grow, and I have no any bloody idea how to plant it.... better ask my friend to pick it up quickly!...
Favorite thing: Buy some bulbs. Plant in Autumn and by next spring you will have a lovely reminder of your trip. At the flower market some of the stalls are a bit tacky and touristy but we bought from one that sold mostly loose bulbs and they have all been of a high standard.
Just walk around in the center, there is a very special, undiscribable atmosphere, you have to feel it:-)Keep your camera standby, you'll find many things you'll want to photograph. Take a tour with one of the many boats that are cruesing the channels, don't miss the Flower Market (see photo)
Fondest memory: Because the streets are narrow in the center, most streets are hard or not to reach by car, therefore most people get around by bike. I've never seen that many bikes in one place in my entire life; I still don't understand, how people find their bikes back between thousand others...
This is the *roof garden* of a small boat parking on the canal. The boat is poky, but its *garden* is maintained in good condition. That only means the flowers are definitely the love of Dutch life.
Favorite thing: Ann frank house, Flower Market, Rejk Musuem, Van Gough Museum, Royal Palace. Take a Canal boat trip, this is a good way to see the city if you are there on a short break like us. Walk along the cobbled streets & along the canals. If you have the time you can take trips out to the surrounding bulb fields.
take to the streets and feast your eyes on the rich diversity of this canaly city's architecture, which is not too much ostentatious but of a myriad charming details. Too many gable and cornice types, uninteresting to discuss but sure your eyes will like it more.
The canal houses of Singel, Herengracht '(gracht means canal), Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht are what I'm talking about. Long and narrow, they're built primarily of lightweight bricks with large windows to reduce the weight. And a hook on every house's protruding roof forms part of the facade, used to winch hugh stuffs like furniture up to its attic cuz the stairway is just wide enough for a regular size body to go through. Some of them are even deliberately tilted to prevent crashing against the windows.
Amsterdam is so overpopulated that some thousands of Amsterdammers have to live on canal boats which ranges from nicely restored barges, gaily painted with rooftop gardens, to utilitarian floating sheds. But it is a deliberately chosen way of life for the many few who simply like to do things on rolling waters. The fragrant flower market on Singel, or Bloemenmarkt, floats on barges and is one example.
The interesting thing about Amsterdam is much of the land around is below sea level and was reclaimed by constructing a complex system of dykes and dams to hold back the sea. Wind-powered mills were used to drain the low-lying land by raising the water through a series of ring canals, each one higher than the last, so that the water can be drained away into the sea. Nowadays the task is handled by electric pumps, but well-preserved windmills are still a characteristic feature of the Dutch landscape especially to the north of Amsterdam. And that keeps this land alive.
Most definitely every visitor will enter Amsterdam via the Centraal Station, always packed with tons of people among them are pickpockets and drug-pushers. Though its facade is decorated with magnificent sculptures almost none stop to admire. The Amstel River which once flowed through the heart of the city was dammed by of cuz a dam, which north and south ends are today known as Damrak and Rokin. Damrak stretches from outside the station to the Dam Square before Rokin takes over. The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) dominates the square, partnered by the tall Gothic New Church. Across the end of Damrak, the beginning of Rokin, is the National Monument which serves to commemorate the Dutch who lost their lives in WWII. The end of Rokin stands the Munttoren, a clock tower which shadows the nearby floating flower market.
Running parallel to Rokin connected by narrow alleys is Kalverstraat, a shopping area where I would call the Day Light district of Amsterdam. Well you know where to head at night; the Red hot one the whole world knows. If you're such an innocent dude, here's the direction to enter the twilight zone. From the National Memorial, go east along Damstraat until you hit Oudezijds Voorburgwal then start to explore. If you're really hopeless in directions, follow the suspicious blokes and sure you'll find yourself getting somewhere. In the near vicinity stands the Zuiderkerk, which spire is a prominent landmark. Today it is no more a church; perhaps the holy stucture really had made the sexually stimulated souls feel very guilty.
Amsterdam boasts many great museums; the two major ones being Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, both within walking distance southwest from the floating flower market. Or you can hop onto a Museumboat from outside the Centraal Station to take you there. The heavily ornamented Rijks houses a vast collection of artworks including Dutch paintings and historical artifacts. And the Van Gogh's displays a good collection of this mentally unstable but talented artist's paintings.
Wherever there're canals or rivers, there has gotta be cruise or tour operators sticking by the bank. No exception in Amsterdam; boats depart from a number of embarkation points, mainly from opposite the Centraal Station (ticket costs ~G 12). Going on a canal tour is a relaxing and the best way to see the city. You certainly will want to get a bottle of chilled Heineken on board as you sit back and enjoy.
That's almost about what Amsterdam has to offer. If you're gonna visit between late March and May, make a trip to Keukenhof, the showcase of Dutch bulb industry and a hugh park which erupts into riotous color this period of the year. To get there, take a train from Centraal Station to Lisse (weekend return ticket costs G 23.75) and buy the day-trip ticket (G 28.50), which covers park admission and a bus ride to Keukenhof, from the ticket booth outside the Lisse Station.
Several miles away east of Keukenhof south of Amsterdam is the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the largest in the world. Kindda interesting to watch the proceedings from an elevated gallery which provides a bird's eye view of the auction itself. A pointer of a huge clock sweeps round from its 100th mark (highest price) down to 1, with divisions in between. Bidders stop the clock by pressing a button on his/her desk and a transaction is dealed.
Almost everywhere something to delight the eye, Amsterdam apparently will never be accused of dreariness. At least for now it remains an invigorating, cultural and energetic city; sure to regret if it's not on your list.
Holland has the most successful flower industry in the world. Orders are sent
daily by jet to all corners of the world. Located on the south side of the Singel
Canal, the Bloemenmarkt is the world's only floating flower market. This
incredible fleet spans four blocks, hundreds of stalls on moored barges selling
exotic blossoms, bulbs, and potted plants at very low prices.
Favorite thing: I love flowers and one of the most wonderful surprises was a stroll along the Flower Market during winter and seeing all these beautiful flowers.
It was such a pleasant sight to see all these wonderful flowers.
Although you may not be able to take the fresh cut flowers home, make sure to buy some bulbs to take back home.
at the flower market, you also can find lots of souvenirs.
I thought this was a nice picture, I bought some of those for my American friends :-)
The beautiful flowers. Everywhere you go there are so many beautiful flowers.
Fondest memory: The flowers have got to be an everlasting memory of Amsterdam