Flower capital of the world
At the start of the 20th century, some Aalsmeer flower growers came up with the idea of setting up an auction to raise better prices for their produce. This turned out to be an inspired move. The flower auction, created by the merger of two smaller auction houses, has put Aalsmeer on the map as the ‘flower capital of the world’.
FloraHolland Flower Auction
For a visit to FloraHolland you have to make an early start, but it’s definitely worth the effort. The flower auction hall, the largest trade building in the world, is a hive of activity in the morning. The visitors’ gallery offers a view of flowers as far as the eye can see, with electric tractors towing cartloads of fresh produce back and forth. In the auction room you can follow the sales process.
In the long, narrow grounds of the Horticultural Museum it’s not hard to imagine you have travelled back in time. The living history of Aalsmeer is spread over 13,000 square metres of former horticultural land. The lovingly preserved old plant varieties make the walk well worthwhile.
The Aalsmeer Combination Ticket allows you to visit three tourist highlights in one day: FloraHolland, the Historische Tuin and the Westeinder Rondvaart boat tour. The ticket can be purchased from FloraHolland.