A new city with old roots
Lelystad is yet another example of Dutch ingenuity when it comes to waterways and reclaiming land from the sea. Founded in 1967, this new city has quickly become a popular location for tourists and residents alike, thanks to its modern architecture, historical museums and unspoiled nature.
Things to see and do in Lelystad
Lelystad is best known for the Batavia Wharf, a shipyard exhibition whose most popular feature is the epic, full-scale replica of the infamous Dutch East India Company merchant ship Batavia. The sea and the sky are both represented in Lelystad: visit the Aviodrome, an aerospace museum, for a chance get a view from the inside of a cockpit or even fly a plane (in a simulation, at least). Afterwards, get a little retail therapy at the Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet, an outlet centre featuring international brands such as Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Adidas and more.
Nature excursions in Lelystad
Having been raised from the sea, Lelystad is flush with nature. Visit the Oostvaardersplassen, a nature reserve where you can walk among the deer and horses in an untouched landscape, or the Natuurpark Lelystad, where you can bike the many routes through the reserve with your family. During the winter, the nature park hosts a cosy Christmas market – the perfect time for a trip to Lelystad.
How to get to Lelystad
Travelling to Lelystad from Amsterdam Central Station takes just about an hour by train; direct trains are available, but other trains may require a transfer in Almere. And with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, which offers unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and metros in the Amsterdam Area for 24 hours for just €13.50, you can save time and money on your day trip to Lelystad.