Flower market Amsterdam
This is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam - in all seasons. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home too.
This whole country is really famous for its flowers, and specifically for its tulips, so it should come as no surprise that one of the most popular free things in Amsterdam is a stroll down the block-long flower market, which is officially called by its Dutch name of Bloemenmarkt in many places.
It’s usually billed as the “world’s only floating flower market” but don’t get your hopes up in that regard because the only things that are really floating are the houseboats behind the stalls, and even then you’ll only know that when you look behind them like in this photo to the right. And if you are a flower lover then you should consider a quick day-trip to the enormous flower auction just outside Amsterdam.
What you’ll see here
There are 15 stalls and each of them is quite similar unless you are a true flower aficionado. It’s open all year, but of course the offerings of live flowers and plants are seasonal. This is a reasonably mild climate so you’ll always find a good selection, along with bulbs, seeds, accessories, souvenirs, and everything else related to the flower trade for both tourists and locals.
The Dutch genuinely do love their fresh flowers, and this market exists mostly for locals, though it’s also very popular with tourists. It’s open and reasonably busy even during January and February, so there’s plenty to see at all times of the year.
Prices at the flower market
Since it’s mostly local business, the prices are actually quite reasonable. This is an open-air market and if one place tries to charge too much, you are only a few meters from another shop that wants your business, so the competition and relatively low overhead make many things real bargains here. You can get several tulip bulbs for one euro even in small quantities, and better prices if you buy a bag of 30 or so.
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devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-03-09 2:19
amazing light and beautifull colors. Technically perfect. It's beautifull.
mesutilgim (97474) 2009-03-09 2:21
Hi dear George,
Wonderfull ! Very good pov, embracing all the nice details of this great flower market.
Perfect compo with nice vivid colors and as allways, very good usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
chiaretta (2414) 2009-03-09 2:25
so colorful view in this grey morning!
Very good compo and nice atmosphere!
jlbrthnn (76039) 2009-03-09 2:29
I appreciate this image very different from the photographs of architecture and testifying with more close to the daily life. The colors of these flowers make the image very pleasant. The realization is excellent.
Have a nice day
KLB (23723) 2009-03-09 2:31
What a pleasant view to begin the day !
It must a great moment to visit this unusual market. All these beautiful flowers, their colours, their smell...
A very nice composition, it reminds that spring will come soon ;o)
Congrats for this shot, perfectly managed and accompanied with a very complete and interesting note, as usual.
aadilj (18102) 2009-03-09 2:33
Hi george, this indeed is crowded with a lot of light and colours and has been composed so well by an expert like you. great work, stupendous perspective and a nice pov
besnard (57228) 2009-03-09 2:37
Une belle image riche en couleurs et qui annonce les beaux jours.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
snunney (106465) 2009-03-09 3:21
A good perspective over this lovely collection of blooms. Very colourful and I like the inclusion of the sales lady at the back of the shop. Superb detail.
gildasjan (43824) 2009-03-09 3:41
Qui ne serait pas tenté de réaliser une image avec ces belles couleurs de Hollande.Un cliché dans une belle tonalité chaude.
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-03-09 4:25
Nice colors on these flowers, and I like the way you controlled exposure in this indoor image.
Have a nice day,
ifanik (21679) 2009-03-09 4:37
Very beautiful and colorful photo
amaryllis (37039) 2009-03-09 9:06
un cardage excellent sur ces étals de fleurs de toutes les couleurs et qui s'harmonisent bien , une excellente composition
jjcordier (79297) 2009-03-09 9:18
Un endroit incontournable d'Amsterdam que tu as très joliment photographié.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-03-09 10:29
I had also took some shots in this place last summer, but they are not worth uploading. Your shot is magnificent. The flower market looks like a dreamy place, congratulations,
bobocortis (16026) 2009-03-09 11:26
Nederlands is really the land of flowers, as you show in this colorful shot.
The deep composition is beautiful and the human figure well placed too.
xavshot (69835) 2009-03-09 13:18
sympa toutes ces couleurs et ce cadrage qui permet au regard de profiter de ces fleurs. Bel ensemble;
jaywalker (16105) 2009-03-09 15:13
Hi George, You have captured some lovely colours in this floral picture, some beautiful detail & nicely composed with the lady in the backdrop, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
hispic (9652) 2009-03-09 20:17
Beautiful shot by the proficient photographer. the flower market has been rendered with an amazing color despite the mixed light source. the composition is also truly excellent.
mauro61 (52857) 2009-03-10 1:02
belli i colori e composizione molto curata con l'inclusione della ragazza nell'inquadratura.
vincz (19113) 2009-03-10 2:01
So many flowers.... Great dteails, wonderful colors. I love the ambaince here.
azaf1 (15929) 2009-03-10 2:51
Good morning George
I love it! An excellent composition from the "heart" of flowers, Holland. Beautiful assortment of various kinds nicely framed in bright colors and sharp details. Just lovely
Have a great day and TFS
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-03-10 3:01
you catch the colors well and the spirit of the place also good the POV with the human
carper (96) 2009-03-10 4:31
very nice George,
a good one out your Amsterdam serie. goed composition, fine colours and a good balance, very nice one, have a nice day
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-10 4:57
Colourful picture of the Amsterdan flower market.
Fine POV and details. Very well framed and done
Have a nice day
danyy (0) 2009-03-10 14:12
j'aime beaucoup ce panaché de couleurs florales. On connait les Pays-Bas pour leur amour des fleurs et surtout de la tulipe.
Une photo remplie de gaieté et de fraicheur qui plaira beaucoup aux dames.
dip (23892) 2009-03-11 5:34
a beautiful multicolored image,
well seen and composed,
hatti52 (12786) 2009-03-11 5:45
very nice details and light
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/50 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-09 2:17
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