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Row of Dutch modern canal houses in Almere reflected in the water
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6 hours in New Land: outdoor art and architecture

Admire the cutting-edge architecture and incredible outdoor art dotted around The Netherlands’s youngest province, starting with the stunning modern buildings of Almere. This 6-hour guide is the perfect starting point for getting to know the New Land region.

Get charged up for the day

Slices of 'ontbijtkoek', traditional Dutch spice bread, with butter.
Typically Dutch foods

From 9:00 to 10:00

Hop on a train to Almere and settle in for a delicious breakfast at the Barista Cafe. Coffee lovers will appreciate the broad selection, from Australian flat whites to Spanish cortado. Tuck into a Barista Breakfast complete with scrambled eggs, a granola bowl, a croissant, a cinnamon scone with clotted cream and jam, and more.

Duration: 1 hour

Discover Almere street art and murals

Staircase Ally in front of Apartment building
Image from Koen Dijkstra

From 10:00 to 12:00

Scattered around the apartment blocks, theatres such as the Kunstlinie Theatre and public squares in Almere, you’ll find some impressive street art created by local and international artists. In the city centre, you will find a permanent artwork by Kamp Seedorf, which serves as a meeting point for locals and a place for performances. Other highlights include the Ally Staircase and a large mural by Hugo Kaagman. The best way to discover Almere street art is by grabbing a rental bike at VVV Almere and setting out on a 2-hour cycling route that covers all the best spots.

Duration: 2 hours

Take in the nature of Oostvaarders plassen

From 12:00 to 14:00

Veer off the cycling route at the mural of Hugo Kaagman and take a 15-minute detour to the Oostvaardersplassen Almere, a beautiful nature reserve where the marshes are home to waterfowl, horses, red deer and foxes. Take one of the cycling routes through the bike or walk around to enjoy this pocket of man-made nature.

Duration: 1 hour

Tuck into a delicious lunch overlooking the water

From 14:00 to 15:00

Sloop sailing in Almere.
Image from Richard Terborg

Step into the small pavilion of Strand22, right on the Almere city beach by the Weerwater. Try a Dutch beef-filled kroket or a sandwich and soak in the sun with water views of Almere's most popular lake. If you want to extend the beach vibes, consider visiting Stedenwijk beach, Atlantis beach and others, where you can rent canoes and boats.

Duration: 1 hour

Admire Almere’s stunning modern buildings

From 15:00 to 16:00

Almere is famous for its outstanding modern architecture with extraordinary designs from leading architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Herman Hertzberger and Liesbeth van der Pol. Walk around and spot The Wave, a massive structure that mimics the motion of the water; the Rainbow District, where the homes bring a colourful brightness to the city; and dozens of private homes in unique designs.

Duration: 1 hour

Don’t fancy leaving the area so soon? Check out these 12 and 24-hour guides, which will provide more information on New Land’s impressive nature reserves and the bustling shopping streets of Lelystad.