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New Land

Although famous for its historic city centre, the Amsterdam region is always evolving as new immigrants and diverse cultures make their mark on many neighbourhoods. But probably the most dramatic changes have taken place in the province of Flevoland.

Architecture & nature

Just north east of Amsterdam, these polders were reclaimed from the sea, giving birth to the new cities of Almere and Lelystad. Not only are they internationally acclaimed playgrounds for architecture and design, they are also blessed with expanses of wild nature on the doorstep.

Reasons to visit New Land:

  • Just 20 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station
  • Explore vast expanses of incredible land reclaimed from the sea

  • Highlights: Bataviastad, Urk, Schokland and Oostvaardersplassen

New Land destinations


Architecture Almere Cris Toala Olivares
The youngest city in the Netherlands, Almere is located just across the IJmeer from Amsterdam. Its modernity makes it a feast for fans of architecture.


Lelystad Batavia Haven
Located northeast of Almere along the Markermeer, Lelystad is Flevoland’s capital city and a bastion of modern architecture and maritime heritage.


The Oostvaardersplassen is a unique nature reserve located between Lelystad and Almere, and an amazing spot for a hike or a day of obsessive bird watching.

How to get there

Getting to the New Land from Amsterdam is a piece of cake. While many locals drive or cycle, it’s just as easy to get there using public transport.

Activities, excursions, hotels and more

Schokland kerk CC BY-SA 2.0 bertknot via Flickr
I amsterdam's selection of highlights of things to do and places to stay, eat and drink in the New Land, including restaurants, hotels, excursions and attractions.

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