A city planned for greatness
Almere is Amsterdam’s much younger – 701 years younger, to be exact – sister. Founded in 1976, it is one of the Netherlands’ numerous planned cities, constructed out of necessity in the modern era on land reclaimed from the sea. The region is now known for its modern architecture, while still preserving its pristine natural environment.
Things to see and do in Almere
This fresh-faced city is a haven for two unique groups: architecture buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. Spend all day at the Almeerderstrand, a cosy beach hangout where you can sail, kitesurf, fish, eat at the nearby restaurants or just lay in the sand. For a more hands-on nature experience – and plenty to do with the kids – head to De Kemphaan, where kids can monkey around in the climbing forest, learn about organic farming in the city farm, or get up close and personal with exotic animals in the Almere Jungle.
Architectural tours in Almere
Because Almere is so new, its buildings are imaginative, drawing on the latest innovations in Dutch design. Go on a walking or cycling architectural tour to discover the Rainbow District, whose houses are all colours of the rainbow; De Fantasie, which was built following a contest among architects; and the Rode Donders, a housing development comprising three large red silo-like buildings that tower over the water.
How to get to Almere
This new city can be reached under one hour from Amsterdam. From Amsterdam Central Station, simply hop on the train to one of the six stations in the city, depending on where you want to go: Almere Poort, Muziekwijk, Centrum, Parkwijk, Buiten and Oootvaarders.
Make your trip even easier with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, which offers unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and metros in the Amsterdam Area – including Almere – for 24 hours for just €19.50.