While rainbow-carpeted flower fields and bright bunches of tulips may be the definitive symbol of the Netherlands, Amsterdam itself is better known for its scenic canals, charming buildings and, of course, scantily-clad ladies beckoning from windows to late night revellers. But you don’t have to venture far from the city into rolling hillsides to be knocked out by the beauty of the Dutch floral show; you can have a bloomin’ good time close to the heart of Amsterdam.
Flora Holland flower auction
Floating flower market
While it does feel like a bit of a tourist trap, if you’re a flower addict then you’ll want to check out the city’s floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt, to pick up your own bunch of fresh tulips or bulbs to take home (check with the seller that you will be able to take these home as some are prohibited). Rows of stalls float on permanent barges along the canal and fresh flowers are brought in daily.