For centuries the population has waged a war with water, using dikes, dams, windmills and pumping stations to protect farms and towns. In the 20th century work began on reclaiming a large area of land from the former Zuiderzee, creating the province of Flevoland and modern cities like Almere and Lelystad in the process. These cities blend modern architecture with futuristic urban planning, all while embracing the water and nature right on their doorstep. Hit the shops, take to the beach, sail on the lake or wander through nature reserves where wild horses, deer and cattle roam freely.