• Author: Rene
  • Created: 7 juni 2018
  • Updated: 14 mei 2019
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Think of Holland and you think of one flower. The tulip. In 1637 at the height of tulip mania, tulips were being sold for more than the price of a luxurious Amsterdam house. The Flower Route begins at the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) in Amsterdam and ends in Aalsmeer, near the largest flower auction in the world. If you like flowers, this is the route for you.

1. Bloemenmarkt

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Singel 516, 1017 Amsterdam, Nederland

Founded in 1862, it is the world’s only floating flower market. The stalls are housed on barges dating back from when flowers were brought from the countryside by boat.

2. Spiegelgracht

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Prinsengracht 570, 1017 Amsterdam, Nederland

When the Rijksmuseum opened in 1885, the arts and antique dealers moved in to profit from the many museum-goers. Many of the artefacts you see in the museum (ceramics, glass and textiles) were bought here.

3. Rijksmuseum

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Museumstraat 2, 1071 CN Amsterdam, Nederland

Here you will see numerous paintings of flowers by the Dutch masters. Of particular note, Rachel Ruysch, one of the first female artists to achieve international acclaim.

4. Vondelpark

Altitude: -1 m
Address: Kattenlaan 67, 1054 KA Amsterdam, Nederland

The Vondelpark is the perfect place to wander for greenery and flowers. In 2017 school children planted 30,000 tulip bulbs at the Vondelpark monument.

5. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 4 m

6. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

7. Nieuwe Meer

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Jollenpad 18, 1081 KC Amsterdam, Nederland

The Nieuwe Meer is a narrow lake southwest of Amsterdam. It’s a popular place for boating and recreational fishing. Perch, pike, whitefish and eel are the most common species. There are many pretty marinas and bars along the water to tempt you to stop pedaling.

8. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -0 m

9. Amsterdamse Bos

Altitude: 11 m

There are 200,000 trees, 116 bridges and 200 km of paths to walk, cycle or ride a horse. Of course, you don’t need to cycle the full 200 km. There is an open-air theatre, a goat farm, camping and canoe hire.

10. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -3 m

11. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -2 m

12. Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Altitude: -4 m
Address: Westerkimweg, 1117 Schiphol, Nederland

50% of the world’s cut flowers pass through Schiphol Airport. In the distant past large barges brought the flowers from the countryside to Amsterdam.

13. Oosteinderpoel

Altitude: -0 m
Address: Aalsmeerderdijk 405, 1438 Oude Meer, Nederland

The Oosteinderpoel is a protected natural area. Little islands and islets heavily overgrown with birch and alder. There are a few open marshy areas which are purple in the summer, because of the cuckoo flower (so named because it appears at the time of the first cuckoos).

14. De Vries Schipsbouw and Feadship

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Oude Spoordijk 9WS, 1432 AA Aalsmeer, Nederland

Ever wondered where the world’s most luxurious yachts are built for the billionaire sheikhs and oligarchs? You can stop wondering.

15. Aviation Megastore

Altitude: -2 m
Address: Molenweg 209, 1436 Aalsmeerderbrug, Nederland

If flying is your thing, welcome to Europe’s aviation megastore. A mind-blowing 60,000 aviation items in stock.

16. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 0 m

17. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 3 m

18. Oude Veiling

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Dorpsstraat 89, 1431 CB Aalsmeer, Nederland

The oude veiling (old auction) was the original place where all the flowers were bought and sold.

19. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

20. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

21. Historische Tuin

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Uiterweg 32, 1431 AN Aalsmeer, Nederland

Along the 450-metre-long garden path, the visitor will find an extensive collection of plants and fl owers. There is a large number of greeneries showing how Aalsmeer growers worked in earlier times.

22. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -0 m

23. Royal FloraHolland

Altitude: -3 m
Address: Legmeerdijk 313, 1431 Aalsmeer, Nederland

Aalsmeer has the largest flower auction in the world (12 million flowers sold daily). That really is flower power!

24. Windmolen de Zwarte Ruiter

Altitude: -2 m
Address: Meester Jac. Takkade 10, 1432 CA Aalsmeer, Nederland

Built in 1778, it was actively used up until 1919, to control the water level in the polder. Before the Second World War it was the meeting place for artists from the Amsterdam School.

25. Schinkelbos

Altitude: -1 m
Address: Meester Jac. Takkade 28, 1432 CB Aalsmeer, Nederland

This is exactly how forests were 400 years ago, during the Dutch Golden Age.

26. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -2 m

27. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 0 m

28. Amsterdamse Bos / De Poel

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Kazernepad, 1185 Amstelveen, Nederland

De Poel is a peat lake created by excavations in the 19th century and used for water sports. On the East side of the pool is the old village of Amstelveen with Museum Jan van der Togt and many places to stop for a drink.

29. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

30. CoBrA Museum (worth a detour)

Altitude: -2 m
Address: Sandbergplein 1, 1181 Amstelveen, Nederland

CoBrA was an international movement of young pioneering artists from just after the Second World War, with new ideas about modern art. This spirit is captured in the art still displayed today.

31. De Braak / Jac. P. Thijssepark

Altitude: -1 m
Address: Princesselaan 1, 1182 Amstelveen, Nederland

Botanical gardens in Amstelveen, where you can admire a wealth of rare plants usually only seen in books.

32. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -1 m

33. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -0 m

34. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

35. Olympisch Stadion

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Olympisch Stadion 22, 1076 DE Amsterdam, Nederland

Used for the 1928 Olympics and major sporting events. Have a rest at the Vondelpark and cycle back to the Bloemenmarkt to return your bike.

36. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Aalsmeerderdijk 473A, 1435 BN Rijsenhout, Nederland

37. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Aalsmeerderdijk 677, 1435 BZ Rijsenhout, Nederland

38. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Leimuiderdijk 212, Burgerveen, Nederland

39. Cycle Junction

Altitude: -0 m
Address: Leimuiderdijk 396, 2155 MT Leimuiderbrug, Nederland

40. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Dokter Stapenséastraat 47, 2451 AC Leimuiden, Nederland

41. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Herenweg 99, 1433 GX Kudelstaart, Nederland

42. Fort Rijsenhout / Museum Crash

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Aalsmeerderdijk 460, 1436 BM Aalsmeerderbrug, Nederland

The fort is part of the ‘Stelling van Amsterdam’. A series of forts built in the 19th century. Museum Crash focuses on the stories behind the crashes of 750 planes during the second war.

43. Westeinderplassen

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Herenweg 78C, 1433 HB Kudelstaart, Nederland

A complex of lakes with 400 islands and 50 marinas lining the banks, many with restaurants and cafes. You can rent a boat in the centre of Aalsmeer.

44. Surfeiland

Altitude: -0 m
Address: Kudelstaartseweg 22, 1431 GA Aalsmeer, Nederland

The Surfeiland is the ideal place to get off your saddle for a while and enjoy the water. The Westeinder Paviljoen next to it is a restaurant with one of the most beautiful views of the lake.

45. Bloemenmarkt - Nieuwe Meersluis (5,8 KM)

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Heemstedestraat 80, 1058 NP Amsterdam, Nederland

46. Nieuwe Meersluis - Schinkelbos (7,1 KM)

Altitude: 1 m
Address: De Duizendmeterweg 2, 1182 DC Amstelveen, Nederland

47. Schinkelbos – Aalsmeer (7 KM)

Altitude: -2 m
Address: Hangaar 12, Amsterdam-Bataviaweg, 1117 Nederland

48. Level 4: Westeinderplassen 16 KM

Altitude: -3 m
Address: Leimuiderdijk 126, 1435 CZ Rijsenhout, Nederland

It’s time to choose. Follow the route through Aalsmeer (see level 5), or cycle around the Westeinderplassen (a very healthy extra 16 km cycling).

49. Aalsmeer - Schinkelbos via flower auction (12,5 KM)

Altitude: -3 m
Address: Ecuadorlaan 21, 1432 DE Aalsmeer, Nederland

50. Schinkelbos - Amsterdam (16 KM)

Altitude: 0 m
Address: Amstellandlaan 19, 1182 CB Amstelveen, Nederland

51. Amsterdam

Altitude: 4 m
Address: Keizersgracht 125, 1015 CJ Amsterdam, Nederland

52. Start

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Rusland 17, 1012 CK Amsterdam, Nederland