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.