Almere is part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The story of this part of the Netherlands' 'new land' is a unique one. For centuries the Dutch resisted the water with dikes, dams and drainage systems. The struggle with the Zuiderzee was won among other things by reclaiming over 1,800 square kilometres of land. This is how Flevoland came into being; the largest polder in the world, which lies an average five meters below sea level. Its remarkable history, the special natural areas created, modern architecture, beaches and water sports opportunities; all are ample reasons for taking a closer look at this new land.


Almere is the largest city in Flevoland as well as the youngest in the Netherlands. A ‘New Town’, the city was planned on a blank piece of paper; a veritable paradise for modern architecture. The twin track approach of a modern city with all its culture and entertainment requirements, balanced by large natural areas has resulted in an exceptional solution. Or more precisely, this is what makes Almere so unique. The city has just celebrated its 40th anniversary.


Various remarkable nature reserves have been created down the years, among which is Oostvaardersplassen. This is a protected, marshland providing wintering grounds for migrating birds and where nature has been allowed to reclaim its own. Bird watching, an excursion to observe the roe deer or a photo safari to catch the large roaming herbivores all make this an absolute paradise for nature lovers. Discover Almere's natural beauty.


Located northeast of Almere along the Markermeer is Flevoland’s capital city Lelystad. Best known for the Batavia Wharf, it is the home of the Batavia, an epic, full-scale replica of the infamous Dutch East India Company merchant ship. Like its nearby sister city, Lelystad is a bastion of modern architecture, often embracing water and waterways in its residential designs. Discover New Land