The world’s only floating flower market is moored to the southern banks of Singel canal in Amsterdam. This unique attraction has existed since the mid-19th century and was built on the water in order to make it easier for flower traders to move their wares through Amsterdam’s canals. Today, the market features around 15 individual stalls, mounted on barges, that sell a whole host of products related to horticulture, such as ready-to-plant tulip bulbs, fresh bouquets of flowers and garden ornaments.
Amsterdam’s municipality keeps its archives safe inside a former bank, called de Bazel, which is recognised among the most complete examples of Dutch Brick Expressionism in the city. The institute’s permanent exhibition is housed inside the building’s vault and is open to the public. Its collection includes the scolding document that banished the philosopher Baruch Spinoza from Amsterdam’s Jewish community, and a police report concerning Anne Frank’s missing bicycle. Each of these relics provides invaluable insights into Amsterdam’s history and paints a vivid picture of the city’s past. The archives also feature a peaceful café that serves lunchtime meals and another gallery space that hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to specific aspects of Amsterdam’s history.