Aalsmeer is ideally located in the conurbation of Western Holland, at a stone’s throw of Amsterdam. The area is bordered by Schiphol Airport on the north. The area offers a diversity of interesting possibilities for both business gatherings and tourism. Aalsmeer has 24.162 residents and 3040 acres.
Town hall: Drie Kolommenplein 1 PO BOX 253 1430 AG Aalsmeer T: +31(0)297-38 75 75 F: +31(0)297-38 76 76
Opening hours Monday till Friday from 8.30 till 14.00 free entrance from 14.00 p.m. till 17.00 p.m. you can make an appointment.
Places of interest:
The historical gardens The living horticultural museum in Aalsmeer, called 'The historical gardens', shows the development of horticulture in Aalsmeer; from the arboriculture of the seventeenth century to the shrubs, ornamental trees, ancient roses and finally to the 20th century varieties of flowers.
One third of the municipality is taken up by the Westeinder lakes. These lakes are ideal for rowing, surfing, sailing and swimming. Those with a license can drive a motorboat or go water skiing. Boats are available for hire. There is a recreation park for day-trippers at Vrouwentroost, which boasts a grassy field, picnic places and surfing facilities. The Oosteinder lakes are a protected nature reserve with a wide diversity of flora and nesting sites for birds. It is freely accessible by boat.
In addition Aalsmeer has two swimming baths, the indoor and outdoor pool 'De Waterlelie' and the natural swimming pool 'Het Oosterbad'.
Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer/ Flowers auction Aalsmeer 'The world marketplace for flowers and plants'
Every day Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer sets the world price for flowers and plants. This happens by bringing supply and demand together by means of the auction clock- a fascinating process during which large and small batches of flowers are sold within fractions of seconds. Each day, 19 million flowers and two million plants are sold through 13 clocks at 'Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer'. It takes place within an area of almost one million m2. This means that Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer has the largest trade building in the entire world!
As a visitor to Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer, you will walk over a specially designed gallery. You can take a look at the auction without being noticed. Enjoy the gorgeous flowers, experience the hustle and bustle of auction. Come and take a look at Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer! More information: www.vba-aalsmeer.nl
Opening hours You can visit the auction between 7.30 and 11 a.m. The best time to visit is between 7.30 and 9.00 a.m. The auction is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Main events Aalsmeer: Bloemencorso Aalsmeer/ Flower Parade Aalsmeer Every year in September a long stream of flower-decorated floats will be parading through Aalsmeer. The annual parade will take place every first weekend in September. Over a million flowers will be used to make up a mobile presentation provided by hundreds of volunteers from twenty committees from Aalsmeer and vicinity to the hundreds of thousands of viewers.
This will be a rolling spectacle with lots of music and entertainment - a mobile show featuring flowers, flowers and more flowers. The 21 enormous floats will also be accompanied by passenger cars decorated with flowers. The Aalsmeer Flower Parade is the showcase for the latest trends that the Netherlands as the World's Flower Centre offers in the way of floral artistry. Don't miss it! More information: www.bloemencorsoaalsmeer.nl.