Amsterdam Bloemenmarkt Floating Flower Market & Canal Cruise

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands is famous for tulips and windmills. And Amsterdam is famous for having the only floating flower market.

If you are visiting the country and it is the wrong time of year to go to visit the tulip fields or you don't have long in the city then the floating flower market is a must see! The market is open all year round with a large selection of tulip bulbs (perfect if you want to grow your own at home) and other amazing flowers including Christmas trees in December.

The market is located in the centre of the city on the way to the Rijksmuseum on the Singel canal.

You will be able to smell the fresh flowers from the market before you see them.

You are able to enter each of the market stalls from the pavement which is also lined with a wide variety of cheese shops.

All of the stalls are floating on the water.

Each of the stalls has something different and unique to offer- from a wide range of tulip bulbs in every colour possible and hand painted wooden tulips to any kind of fresh flower you may desire. Whatever you are looking for from the market you will be sure to find!

The fresh flowers in the market vary depending on the time of year. With the weather in Amsterdam still being warm in September you are still able to purchase summer flowers such as sunflowers. Whereas in the spring (March, April) you would be able to purchase tulips and in the winter (November, December) you are able to purchase Christmas trees.

All of the flowers can be brought in bunches or you can select individual flowers and have your own bouquet made up there for you. 

If like us you have not gone the right time of year to purchase fresh tulips or in fact see the tulip fields then you can purchase hand painted wooden tulips.

When purchasing your own tulips you can also choose which colours you would like...

This is perfect if you like certain colour tulips!

The tulip bulbs come in a large variety of colours to choose from- colours that you may have ever imagined as a tulip.

You are able to select all of your own bulbs from the stall.

The stalls are filled with hanging flowers from the roof which fill the air with a dreamy scent!

With Amsterdam having nearly as many canals as Venice a canal cruise is the best way to see everything! The city is made up of 165 canals which are all different in their own way. You're sure to find something amazing on every canal.

The city has a large variety of canal cruises you can go on. Whether you would like to go on a canal cruise to get around the city or to sight see at night or during the day your sure to find what you want.

The canal cruise that we went on was a non-stop daytime cruise. The cruise lasted 75 minutes. Just enough time to see all the sights of the city. It was a cruise which was directed by the captain and not a set of headphones.

You will be able to see pretty houseboats on your cruise- filled with all kinds of flowers and plants- that you may not be able to see walking.

You can also get a pedalo to sightsee around the city. This is perfect if you want to make your own way around the city and explore where you want. It is also great fun trying to stear your own pedalo.

However you will have to be careful with all the other boats that are on the canal- chances are you will be the smallest.

At the end of your canal cruise you may also be able to see the bicycle multi-storey which is above the water.

We hope you have an amazing time visiting the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market and seeing the city on your canal cruise.

You can read about How to spend 3 days in Amsterdam {here.}

Chloe and Megan

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