•  Take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Lelystad Centrum (platform 10a, 38 mins). The views from the train are spectacular, as you can spot the animals in the Nationaal Park Nieuw Land Nature Reserve along the way.

  • From Lelystad Centrum, take bus 3 to Batavialand (Batavia Stad stop, less than 10 mins). Discover the history of the reclamation of Flevoland, Holland’s youngest province, through fascinating presentations and exhibitions. One of the jewels in the collection is the spectacular Flevowand, a 60-metre tapestry that took 25 embroiderers 14 years to make. It traces the history of the area from the Ice Age to the 21st century.

  • Next to the museum is a replica of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship, Batavia. You can take a guided tour of the ship and visit an inspiring exhibition.

  • Hop on a train to Almere to admire the stunning architecture of this relatively new city at only 40 years old. Almere is famous for its outstanding modern design. From apartment blocks to the theatre, from the library to the public squares: all are extraordinary designs from leading architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Herman Hertzberger and Liesbeth van der Pol. Cycling and walking routes take in all of the city’s iconic buildings. Bikes can be rented at the VVV, where you will also be provided with special ‘architecture routes’ that explain exactly what you are seeing. Alternatively, check off our list of New Land’s top architectural designs.

If you have some extra time, don’t miss the Nationaal Park Nieuw Land, a unique nature reserve comprising 56 square kilometres of protected marshlands and fields. You’ll find a wide variety of deer, cattle, birds and Konik horses. Nationaal Park Nieuw Land, also known as the ‘New Wilderness’, is within cycling distance of Almere Centrum.