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 its many towns and cities. But probably the most dramatic changes have taken place in the province of Flevoland, on land which was once the Zuiderzee.

Architecture & nature

Just north east of Amsterdam, these polders were reclaimed from the sea, giving birth to the new cities of Almere and Lelystad. As well as being internationally acclaimed playgrounds for architecture and design, they are also blessed with expanses of wild nature where you can see rare species of wildlife. Discover Discover New Land's best sights, cities and hidden gems, and how to plan your trip to the region from Amsterdam. 

Discover the region with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

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.

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.

New Land itineraries

Find out how to get to New Land and the best things to see and do when you are there.

New Land: Get inspired!

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How to get to New Land:

How to get to New Land

Enjoy the excellent public transport connections from Amsterdam to make the most of a day trip to New Land.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

This convenient multi-purpose ticket offers unlimited public transport by bus, tram, train and metro in the entire Amsterdam area.

I amsterdam City Card

Your City Card gives you free entry to some fantastic museums, castles and attractions to be found in the Amsterdam Area.

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