Welcome… it’s nice to have you on board. If you’re in a bit of a hurry, I’ll let you in on it upfront. You’re looking to get on route 172. The bus station is opposite Hotel Victoria i.e. if you’re heading towards Amsterdam Central Station from Dam Square, it’s to the left.
Yes, this is the biggest flower auction in the world and also the fourth largest building in terms of floor space.
I’m hoping that you have a few more minutes to read all of what’s written here. It’ll certainly enhance your experience at this, the world famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction.
The atmosphere at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction is intense. You have flower merchants from far and wide bidding for the most sought-after flowers in the whole world. Trading is at its busiest on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays but the Aalsmeer Flower Auction is open every weekday between 7:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
The auction commences at 6:30 AM. The best time to visit is between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM. That means you’ll want to get on the bus early, say around 6:30 AM. It can take forty odd minutes to get to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction from the bus station opposite Hotel Victoria, near Amsterdam Central Station.
Nearly everyone got off the bus at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction whilst I was heading there – tourists as well as some employees.
Bus drivers and local commuters in Amsterdam are always corporative in helping tourists find their way around town.
Once you’re there, you’ll need to purchase a ticket for €5 odd and walk straight up the catwalk.
The catwalk is a walking corridor that gives you a spectacular view of the action below – the auction of thirteen thousand odd varieties of flowers!
The auction room is alongside the catwalk. Hundreds of traders equipped with laptops and other such gizmos bid on the flowers on offer. Strings of trolleys loaded with these flowers make their way into the auction room. Auction clocks are projected on huge screens. You’ll be provided with a piece of paper that explains the process of auctioning and the content on the screens.
How would I describe all of this? Simple, “a high-speed whirligig!”