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The eagle archway of nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen in Flevoland.
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Things to do in New Land

The name says it all: New Land, located just northeast of Amsterdam city centre, is a Dutch destination that offers new adventures, new sights and endless possibilities for the whole family. See the best architecture, modern cities, unique land art and vast natural scenery.

See awe-inspiring architecture in Almere

As a relatively new city, Almere was once a blank slate on which architects could make their mark – and they have. The city now boasts incredible buildings and monuments by world-famous architects, all within one square kilometre of each other. Take a walking or cycling route to check out 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. Grab the walking tour flyer at the Tourist Information Centre (VVV Almere) and explore Almere by yourself. Bike rentals and information about guided tours are available as well.

Experience incredible outdoor artwork

New Land is home to the world’s most significant concentration of Land Art – huge artworks made in, with and as a response to the surrounding landscape. There are nine works by artists, including Anthony Gormley, Daniel Libeskind and Richard Serra. The pieces vary greatly: some refer directly to the surrounding nature and the (short) history of the land they’re in, while others are inspired precisely by how untouched and fresh the landscape is. Best of all, you can see them all in one day on a guided tour or on your own with a car!

Shop for your favourite brands in Lelystad

shopping, outlet centre
Image from Visit Lelystad

A shoppers’ paradise, Batavia Stad is a lakeside fashion outlet mall in the city of Lelystad that offers more than 250 fashion brands, cafés and restaurants. Bargain hunters flock here from around the country to stock up on clothing and discounted goods. Open 363 days per year, Batavia Stad’s boutiques have everything from fashion to perfumes, kitchenware and more, and several eateries. For a breather, wander away from the stores and admire the outdoor artworks, including Antony Gormley’s massive Exposure sculpture that overlooks the water.

Spot wild animals at incredible nature reserves

Oostvaardersplassen Fighting Stags National Park Nieuw Land
Image from Paul Klaver

The best-known nature reserve in New Land is Nationaal Park Nieuw Land. One of the main areas in this wild (although man-made) expanse is the Oostvaardersplassen, where square kilometres of protected marshlands and fields serve as a bird migration area. As such, it’s a fantastic spot for a hike or a day of birdwatching. Its ‘locals’ include not just birds but wild varieties of deer, cattle, foxes, hares and Konik ponies. Take a hike or bike ride to spot these wild animals on your own, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the reserve, such as stargazing and ‘golden hour’ safaris.

Dream away at a spa

spa, sauna
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Refresh your body and soul at Thermen La Mer, an exclusive day spa with various contemporary sauna and wellness facilities. Close your eyes and dream away your day in the Finnish Kelo saunas, swimming pool or hot tub. Stroll around the Mediterranean garden or indulge in tasty – and healthy – dishes at the restaurant. Located just outside Almere, Amsterdam’s newest city, the spa allows you to truly immerse yourself in luxury and pleasure – if only for one day.

Conquer the sea

Batavialand is a museum in Lelystad where you can find out how people built wooden sailing ships 400 years ago. Board the spectacular VOC ship the Batavia, dive into the history of Flevoland, and experience the stories of the pioneers.
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At Batavialand in Lelystad, ships with an important maritime history are taken from oblivion and returned to their former glory. The first show-stopper is the reconstruction of the 17th-century VOC ship Batavia, which is joined by other vessels in full 17th-century glory. The shipyard is also a great place to see the craftsmanship of yesteryear in action, and visitors can even get involved by testing their knot-tying skills or climbing the masts.

Feel the thrills

Calling all (water-based) thrill-seekers! Spend a day whizzing around Almere's Weerwater Lake on water skis or a wakeboard, aided by a kilometre-long cable track that allows users to reach speeds of up to 30km/ph at Cablepark Almere. Experienced water sporters can make the most of the various obstacles on the course to try out tricks, while beginners can get acquainted with the sports on the dedicated training track. Or head to Indoor Mountainbike, just outside of Almere, to whiz around this exceptional dirt mountain biking course. Best of all, the track is entirely covered - perfect for a rainy day activity. 

Get in touch with nature

Oostvaardersplassen in Flevoland.
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Discover endangered species and impressive wisents (bison) in the beautiful setting of Natuurpark Lelystad, an essential link in the wildlife circle. The nature park features an extensive system of hiking and cycling trails and several picnic areas. The visitor centre offers information on tours and packages, and there’s a shop where you can rent bikes. They will provide you with all the information you need about Natuurpark Lelystad and other stunning nature reserves, such as Lepelaarplassen.

Hire a boat

Sloop sailing in Almere.
Image from Richard Terborg

For the perfect introduction to these modern cities, built on water, step aboard an electric sloop boat courtesy of Sloepverhuur Almere to explore from a new perspective. During a short cruise, you'll gain a magnificent impression of the city skyline and surrounding green spaces. Boarding is available from the Esplanade in the centre of Almere.

Head to the beach

Hortus urban district in Almere is a new residential area on the site of the Floriade 2022 and is happy to inherit the greenery of the expo.
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Did you know that Almere boasts over 42 kilometres of coastline? Or that it has the largest catamaran beach in all of Europe? The lengthy coastline is sprinkled with beautiful beaches such as Almeerdestrand and Strandbad Duin where you can relax or swim to your heart’s content. Many of Almere’s beaches feature restaurants and cafés serving refreshments, and most of them have public toilet facilities and showers. For the more adventurous, Batavia Beach (Lelystad) is the ideal location for flyboarding and surfing.