Amsterdam is one of the world’s beautiful cities. The city resembles a fairyland with the charismatic canals and beautiful tulip flowers in every nook and cranny. Unsurprisingly, one of the best attractions in the city is Bloemenmarkt, the floating flower market. Here, you can find tulips in all the rainbow colors and enjoy the mesmerizing view of tulip flower, even during the snow. Below are a few facts about this amazing flower market that you can observe during your Amsterdam city tours.
Only Floating Flower Market in the World
Bloemenmarkt is the only floating flower market in the world. This flower market was converted into a floating market because of the narrow space for the flower stalls. So, the flower stalls were shifted onto the canal that was running through their side.
History of Floating Market
Amsterdam is famous for their picturesque canals. In ancient times, the canal belt in the city was one of the main transportation routes. So, the flowers from different parts of Holland were transported to the flower market using small boats, through these canals. This was continued until Bloemenmarkt was established in 1862. Hence, these flower boats also contributed in the conversion of the flower market to the current floating flower market.
The main flower sold in Bloemenmarkt is tulips. You can see them in every corner of the city. However, the origin of this beloved flower of Dutch people is not actually Dutch; they were imported from Turkey. Tulips gradually became the symbol of Holland and the flower was named Bollengekte by the Dutch.
At the beginning, even a single tulip bulb was expensive and was priced the same amount of an entire home in Amsterdam. Eventually, their price was dropped and became one of the famous flowers in the history of Netherlands.
Flowers are Sold from Singel
The Bloemenmarkt shifted its places many times and eventually, they ended up in Singel, a well-known canal and medieval border in Amsterdam. Singel is also a part of the canal belt that is registered under the UNESCO world heritage.
In the medieval times, Singel was formed in the outer skirts of Amsterdam. However, now the city has grown vastly and as a result, it is in the central Amsterdam.
Tourism and Cannabis
The tourism in the Bloemenmarkt has grown vastly in the past few years. This resulted in selling wide variety of flowers in the market, along with many souvenirs. One of the unique things here is the cannabis sale. Sellers in Bloemenmarkt sell the starter packs of cannabis legally as it is a plant-related product.