Visiting the Aalsmeer Flower Auction

The Netherlands’ are known worldwide for flower production. There is no better place to see the scale of the country’s flower business than at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction.

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The auction is run by FloraHolland, the company responsible for the majority of flower exports from Holland. According to their website, the Aalmseer location is large enough to fit 4,000 football (soccer) fields and is home to over 20,000 different varieties of plants and flowers.

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The Aalsmeer Shuttle

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The majority of the action at Aalsmeer takes place early in the morning. The catwalk above the action contains information boards and a self-guided tour. It’s advisable to get there early in the morning, which usually means boarding Connexxion Bus 172 from Centraal Station (or around 7:10 from near Museumplein) to get out to the facility in time to see the action.

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Auction Hall

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The Auction Clock

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Explanation of the Auction Clock

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Knowledge Center

The Aalsmeer Center also contains a state-of-the-art testing facility, assuring their buyers that they are acquiring the highest quality flowers available on the market.

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Aalsmeer Gift Shop

Understanding that getting up before 6 A.M. to catch a bus is not most people’s idea of fun while on vacation, I still can not recommend a visit to Aalsmeer highly enough.

Visitor Information via FloraHolland’s website.

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