Route: Holland's youngest province 

Duration: full day

Oostvaardersplassen

  • The best way to experience the beautiful New Land is to take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Lelystad Centrum (platform 10a, 38 mins). The view from the train is spectacular, as you can see all kind of indigenous animals in the Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve along the way. 
  • From Lelystad Centrum, take bus 3 to the New Land Museum (Batavia Stad stop, less than 10 mins). Discover the history of the reclamation of Flevoland, Holland’s youngest province, through fascinating presentations and exhibitions. 
  • Next to the museum is the Batavia Yard and a replica of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Batavia. You can also visit the exhibition and take a guided tour. 
  • On your way back to Amsterdam, stop at Almere Centrum to admire the stunning modern architecture of this new – 40-year-old – city. Special ‘architecture routes’ for both hikers and bikers are available at the Almere Tourist Information Centre (VVV) B at the end of the main shopping street. Thanks to an ingenious system of elevated roads and bicycle-only underpasses, cycling is much easier here than in the centre of Amsterdam since cars and cyclists are kept separate from each other. Trains run every 15 minutes from Almere to Amsterdam Central Station and it’s just a 25-minutes journey. 

Route: More Almere

Duration: 1/2 day or full day

Almere

  • The easiest way to get to Almere Centrum is by train from Amsterdam Central Station (towards Lelystad Centrum, platform 10a, 25 mins). Begin your visit at the Almere Tourist Information Centre (VVV) B, which is a short walk from the train station at the end of the main shopping street. The VVV provides you with everything you need to have a great day in Almere. 
  • Aside from its trendy shopping – you’ll find brands like Hugo Boss, G-star and Rituals – Almere is famous for its outstanding modern architecture. Cycle routes take in all of the city’s iconic buildings and bikes can be rented at the VVV, where you will also be provided with special ‘architecture routes’ that explain exactly what you are seeing. 
  • If you have some extra time, don’t miss the Oostvaardersplassen, a unique nature reserve comprising 56km2 of protected marshlands and fields. You’ll find a wide variety of deer, cattle, birds and Konik horses. The Oostvaardersplassen, also known as the ‘New Wilderness’, is within cycling distance of Almere Centrum. Homemade pies and local products are served in Gasterij Oostvaardersplassen, a cosy restaurant with wonderful views of the beautiful surroundings. 

Sky's the limit 

Duration: 1/2 day

Aviodrome Lelystad WTH Photography

  • If you’re the more adventurous type, head out to the Aviodrome Lelystad and learn all about modern aviation. Nowhere else in the world can you see and experience aeroplanes of so many different types. Test your knowledge of aeroplane trivia, look inside a Boeing 747 or visit the 4D theatre or museum. 
  • There is even more to do outside, including viewing planes taking off from and landing at Lelystad Airport from a lookout point. The airport also offers private sightseeing flights over Flevoland, Holland’s youngest province. See for yourself why the Dutch are masters of land reclamation and water management. A fun day out for the whole family! 
  • Take the train from Amsterdam Central Station to Lelystad Centrum (platform 10a, 38 mins), then bus 17 to the Aviodrome (approx. 10 mins). 

Old meets New 

Duration: full day

Bataviastad shopping

  • Take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Lelystad Centrum (platform 10a, 38 mins), then bus 3 to the New Land Museum (Batavia Stad stop, less than 10 mins). Discover the history of the reclamation of Flevoland, Holland’s youngest province, through fascinating presentations and exhibitions. 
  • Next to the museum is the Batavia Yard and a replica of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Batavia. You can also visit the exhibition and take a guided tour. 
  • Complete your day at the Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet, a five-minute walk from Batavia Yard. This premium outlet centre offers over 100 stores, relaxed cafés and fine restaurants. Choose from international fashion brands, such as Hugo Boss, Nike and Michael Kors, always with 30-70% additional savings on high-street prices. A special luxury bus runs once per day from Amsterdam Central Station (in front of Victoria Plaza Hotel) directly to Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet (departs 10:00, returns 16:00).