Our riverboat cruise through The Netherlands and Belgium, April 2007 continued

Amsterdam – The Aalsmeer Flower Auction

The Aalsmeer Flower Auction is held in the world’s largest commercial building for exporting flowers. It is the size of 165 soccer fields, 240 acres. It started in 1912 in a small cafe. Holland produces more than 9 billion flower bulbs annually and at this auction 19 million fresh flowers are sold daily during a computerized auction. Once they are purchased, they’re loaded onto airplanes and transported to florist shops across Europe and the US, usually to be sold the same day

Views from the Canals in Amsterdam

Walking around Amsterdam

Fields of Flowers along the way

Continue to Keukenhof Gardens

or Continue to Schoonhoven