Aalsmeer is worlds apart from the large metropolis that lies just 13km away from Schiphol Airport. Life here revolves around the series of lakes that surround it. This tranquil town offers a beach perfect for swimming, rentals for boats, boards and windsurfs, as well as fishing opportunities. If you don’t want to get your feet wet, it is equally nice to take a stroll on dry land and look out over the stunning lakes, filled with luxurious leisure boats.
There is one thing that places Aalsmeer on the map: flowers. The town is home to the largest flower auction in the world. That is no small feat. This international trading centre is ideally located a short distance from one of the world’s leading hub airports. The auction is open in the mornings, four days a week. To experience the full bustling activity here, it is recommended to visit early in the mornings.
To make the most out of your experience at the auction hall, you can stroll around and watch flower traders from several countries bidding for their flower lots. As you walk down the aisles you will find information panels that narrate the story of this fantastic auction house. Tours can be combined to make the most of a trip here. A combi-ticket includes entry to the flower auction, entry to the Historic Garden, and finishes with a charming boat tour to discover Westeinderplassen.
Alternative to Aalsmeer
Often there is plenty of time to spare during stop overs and overnight stays between flight connections giving you the opportunity to explore surrounding areas such as Aalsmeer. The lakeside town is located less than 3km from the Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol,
and just a short distance from the airport itself. Alternatively, it is possible to fill time without even leaving Schiphol. This hub airport has so much on offer and it is easy to take a trip behind the scenes
. Alternatively, the obvious way to experience the Netherlands is to journey into its capital city, Amsterdam.