Amsterdamse bloemenpracht – Cycleseeing in and around Amsterdam
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
373 yd in total
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Bike Touring Highlight
I amsterdam planned a bike ride.
June 10, 2021
Anyone who sees wooden shoes surely thinks of the Netherlands. But the same goes for the tulip! In 1637, at the height of tulip mania, tulips were selling for more than the price of a luxury canal house. This flower tour starts at the Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) in Amsterdam and ends in Aalsmeer, near the biggest flower auction in the world. If you love flowers, this is the route for you.
The Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam is the only floating flower market in the world. As cycling is prohibited here, walk past the stalls pushing your bike. The market is built on barges dating back to the days when flowers were brought in from the countryside by boat. And those beautiful blooms were captured brilliantly in art too. In the Rijksmuseum, you will see countless paintings of flowers by the Dutch masters. Of particular note is Rachel Ruysch, one of the first female artists to achieve international fame.
If you've brought a picnic, the Vondelpark is the ideal place on the way out or on the return journey. It is also the perfect place to wander in search of unusual plants and flowers. In 2017, schoolchildren planted 30,000 tulip bulbs at the Vondelpark monument.
From Vondelpark, cycle to the Nieuwe Meer, a narrow lake southwest of Amsterdam. It is a popular spot for boating and recreational fishing. Perch, pike, whitefish and eel are the most common species. There are many beautiful marinas with catering establishments along the water's edge that entice you into a short stop.
Further on, the route leads through the Amsterdamse Bos forest. Here, there are 200,000 trees, 116 bridges and 124 miles (200 km) of walking and cycling paths to explore.
By now, you’ve probably already heard and seen the planes. After all, you are now cycling right past Schiphol Airport. About half of all cut flowers in the world arrive at their destination via Schiphol. In the past, large barges brought the flowers from the countryside to Amsterdam.
The next part of the route takes you through the protected nature reserve Oosteinderpoel. There are a few open marshy areas that turn a beautiful shade of purple in the summer because of the cuckoo flowers that grow there. Afterwards, the Westeinderplassen (West End Lakes) treat you to natural pleasures. This large area has no less than 400 little islands. The Surf Island is the ideal place to get off your bike and enjoy the view of the water.
After the break, it is time to head for the city again, this time to Aalsmeer, which has the world's largest flower auction. Every day, 12 million flowers are sold at Royal FloraHolland. That really is flower power and a very interesting sight to see. You will also pass the old auction, the original venue where all the flowers were bought and sold.
After the flower auction, it is still 12 miles (20 km) by bike. First through the Schinkelbos again, then you will cycle along De Poel in the Amsterdamse Bos. De Poel is a peat lake created by excavations in the 19th century and is used for water sports. To the east lies the old village of Amstelveen with its Museum Jan van der Togt and all sorts of cosy places to stop for a drink. If you have some time left, the CoBrA Museum is well worth the detour. CoBrA was an international movement of young artists from just after the Second World War. Their innovative spirit is captured in the art that is still exhibited here today.
After the museum visit, you pass the De Braak botanical gardens and the Dr. J. P. Thijssepark in Amstelveen, where you can admire a wealth of rare plants only normally seen in books. Continue the route past the Olympic Stadium, used for the 1928 Olympic Games. Take a rest in the Vondelpark and cycle back to the Bloemenmarkt where you started this special flower tour.