Aalsmeer is the flower capital of the world. The flower auction, created by the merger of two smaller auction houses, has put Aalsmeer on the map as the ‘flower capital of the world’. Nowadays it is a very popular tulip viewing destination. It is a beautiful place to walk or cycle. Aalsmeer is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland, has 31,584 inhabitants (2018) and has an area of 34.40 km² (of which 11.71 km² of water). By bus it is only a 30-minute ride to Amsterdam. Schiphol Airport is nearby.