Bataviastad
  • Take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Lelystad Centrum (platform 10a, 38 mins), then 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Have lunch or coffee at De Rede van Bataviahaven, a stone's throw from Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet. The restaurant offers an extensive lunch menu with something for everyone.

  • Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet is a premium outlet centre that is home to more than 100 stores, as well as excellent cafés and restaurants. Choose from international fashion brands such as Hugo Boss, Nike and Michael Kors, which offer 30-70% savings on high-street prices. A special luxury bus runs once per day from Bus Parking de Ruijterkade Oost - Amsterdam River Cruise Port directly to Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet (departs 10:00, returns 16:00) and costs only €5 for the round trip. 

  • If you’re the more adventurous type, head out to the Aviodrome Lelystad and learn all about modern aviation. Nowhere else in the world can you see and experience aeroplanes of so many different types. Test your knowledge of aeroplane trivia, look inside a Boeing 747 or visit the 4D theatre or museum. You can even watch planes take off and land at Lelystad Airport from a lookout point. 

  • End your day in Lelystad with dinner and drinks at De Gordiaan, where you can enjoy fresh and honest food, made with organic products from the region. 

  • Stay the night at one of the many hotels, B&Bs or camping sites Lelystad has to offer.

  • The next day, take the train to Almere. Begin your visit at the Almere Tourist Information Centre (VVV) B, a short walk from the train station at the end of the main shopping street. The VVV provides you with everything you need to have a great day in Almere. 

  • Almere is famous for its outstanding modern architecture. 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.

  • Take a break at The Black Cockatoo, perfect for a healthy vegan lunch. Or take your pick from one of the other lunch and coffee hotspots in the city.

  • Next, head to 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.

  • Treat yourself to homemade pies and local products at Paviljoen de Oostvaarders, a cosy restaurant with wonderful views of the beautiful surroundings. 

  • If you’re cycling from Almere to Nationaal Park Nieuw Land you’ll see the eye-catching architecture of the city’s residential neighbourhoods, including the Regenboogbuurt (Rainbow Neighbourhood), Klein India (Little India) and the impressive Katterugwoningen (cat back houses). 

Aviodrome Lelystad WTH Photography