Fashion & Culture
Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet
Fashionistas, brand lovers and other shopping fanatics can really indulge themselves at Batavia Stad in Lelystad, where each and every important brand is available! In addition to clothing, there is crockery, gifts, books, CDs, and jewelry. While the shops are wonderful, the vicinity is also special. Enter Batavia Stad via one of the three striking access gates into an entirely different world: a fortified city from the Golden Age. The buildings in ancient style are in wonderful contrast to the modern shops they accommodate. Visit http://www.bataviastad.nl for more information.
At the Bataviawerf in Lelystad, you’ll be introduced to the ship Batavia and its history in an active way. The Batavia was originally built in 1628 and perished in 1629 near the coast of West-Australia en route to Java. All 322 crew members were lost. In 1985, the Bataviawharf started to built a replica of the ship. The wharf regularly organizes other activities for children, such as scavenger hunts or costumed balls, where the youngest guests can play around on the wharf dressed like cabin boys or girls. Visit http://www.bataviawerf.nl for more information
Nieuw Land also makes a museum visit a treat for children, with various exhibitions for young visitors, such as the permanent ‘Het Watertheater’ (Water Theatre) exhibition where children step into the shoes of an engineer, land designer, farmer, or water engineer and learn how a polder is created. In the ‘Ondergronds’ (Underground) exhibition, children excavate things from the past like real archaeologists, and in the ship of the Watermensen (Water People) they can listen to exciting stories about these people and hear the sounds of the sea. This museum focuses on the history of the man-made polders of Flevoland. Visit http://www.nieuwlanderfgoed.nl for more information.
Aeroplanes have always appealed to children’s imagination, but many adults are also fascinated by the world of aviation, so a visit to the Aviodrome Nationaal Luchtvaart-themapark (National Aviation Theme Park) at Lelystad airport is a perfect excursion for the entire family. Step into the magical time machine and see the Fokker Eerste Spin (Fokker First Spin) from 1911, and fighter jets from the 1960s. Inside the reconstructed Schiphol Oost airport station building from 1928, sample the atmosphere and glory of those days. The large Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet is ready for you, so be sure to take the opportunity and see the cockpit, kitchen, the cargo compartment, and business class. If you want to know what it’s like to fly a plane, take a ride in the flight simulator and imagine yourself to be a real fighter jet pilot. Visit http://www.aviodrome.nl for more information.
When in the North East Polder, visit the extraordinary site of Schokland. This former island has been embedded in the polders but still stands out clearly. The old town Middelbuurt has been rebuild and you can visit the original church from 1834. Schokland was incorporated into Flevoland in 1942. However, the island was already evacuated on special request by King Willem III in 1859 because the situation with regular flooding became too dangerous. Visit http://www.museumschokland.nl for more information about Museum Schokland and the possibility to walk on this former island.
The town Nagele has a very special history, for it has been the playground of renowned architects and landscape architects. In the 1950s, architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Cornelis van Eesteren, Aldo van Eyck, and landscape architect Mien Ruys took it upon them to design this model town. They were granted a carte blanche and developed a completely modernistic town. Today, you can still see the typical Rietveld houses in Nagele and the specific designs by the other architects. Museum Nagele offers exhibitions on the history of Nagele but also art exhibitions. Visit http://www.museumnagele.nl for more information.
Flevoland is the only place in the world where you can visit six land art projects by renowned artists in one day! In Almere you’ll find the works Polderland Garden of Love and Fire by Daniel Libeskind and De Groene Kathedraal (Green Cathedral) by Marinus Boezem. In Lelystad, Antony Gormley placed his gigantic sculpture Exposure, and Robert Morris’ Observatory is also located in Lelystad. In between Almere and Lelystad you’ll find Aardzee (Earth Sea) by Piet Slegers and in Zeewolde lies Richard Serra’s largest artwork in Europe: Sea Level. To find out their precise locations and more information on how to get there, please visit the website of Land Art Live.
Nature & Countryside
When visiting Flevoland for the first time, be pleasantly surprised by the variety of the countryside in which extensive fields with authentic farms alternate with large wooded areas with surprising clearings and scenic areas with birds and other animals. The Northeast Polder and the eastern and southern parts of Flevoland each have their own distinctive character.
The Northeast Polder (Noordoostpolder) in particular is characterized by a clear division of areas separated by planting. This division is not seen in the eastern part of Flevoland; here, the polder landscape has greater variety. The southern part of Flevoland is divided into large areas, each with its own particular function: environmental development in the northwest, wooded areas in the southeast and an agricultural domain in the centre. Zeewolde is located at the outskirts of southern Flevoland between three different countryside types: coast, wooded areas and agrarian areas. This is also the location of the largest connected deciduous forest in Western Europe: the Horsterwold. Thousands of years ago, this was a primeval forest that was flooded by the sea, hence the name of Zeewolde.
Flevoland’s farmers deservedly take pride in their farming! The versatile countryside, large farmsteads with their lush greenery and immense space of the polders are distinctive and unusual. Many farmers are more than happy to show you around. The booklet and website ‘Op de kuierlatten‘ (By foot) provides unique walking routes through the Flevoland farmer’s land and takes in dykes, fields, orchards, and wooded areas… Other wonderful locations in the beautiful Flevoland countryside are the many tasteful visitor gardens with multicolored flowers and ponds.
Flevoland is renowned for the Oostvaardersplassen. This nature reserve is unique in Europe and was established in an extraordinary way. When the polders of Flevoland were being reclaimed from the former Zuiderzee (Southern Sea), the area of what is now known as the Oostvaardersplassen was left untouched by the engineers and builders. The area is flanked by Lelystad and Almere, and was designated as space to build upon when there was not enough space left in either Lelystad or Almere.
However, this piece of land was never needed and was therefore allowed to become ‘wild’. Slowly, the Oostvaardersplassen turned into a swamp, attracting many species. Eventually, the province recognized the immense value of the Oostvaardersplassen as a nature reserve for birds, wild horses, deer, foxes, and even the rarely seen white-tailed eagle, and decided to leave this area untouched. Nowadays, visitors can walk or cycle several routes alongside the Oostvaardersplassen. However, the largest part is closed for visitors in order for all the animals to live there without interference from humans.
Visit http://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/natuurgebieden/oostvaardersplassen for more information or rent or buy the film De Nieuwe Wildernis to learn more about this amazing piece of nature in Flevoland.
Ships and airplanes in the soil of Flevoland
When the Flevopolders were reclaimed, more than 400 shipwrecks were found, dating from the Middle Ages onwards. During the Second World War, a number of planes have crashed in our polders as well. These wrecks remain buried in the ground, but they have been marked so visitors will become aware of the landscape’s interesting history. The blue-and-white stripes poles carry a red ship or airplane on top and stand on the locations were wrecks lie in the ground. Are you intrigued? See the locations of the ships on the website http://www.verganeschepen.nl. Some of the airplanes are mentioned on the website of Flevoland Erfgoed.
Tulips from Flevoland
In springtime, tulips in every color, as well as gladioli and lilies, adorn large areas of Flevoland. With over 2000 hectares of bulb fields, Flevoland is the largest bulb area in the Netherlands, most of which are located in the Northeast Polder. A special Bollenroute (bulb route) has been set out and takes in the magnificent view of the bulb fields during their two-week flowering period. Take your car and see the most magnificent bulb fields and polder villages in the Northeast Polder. The route changes annually to take in the bulb fields as these are rotated every year. Alternatively, enjoy the bulb fields during a walking or cycling tour and experience that genuine spirit of spring. There are also numerous multicolored bulb fields in eastern and southern Flevoland.
Sailing, surfing, parasailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, sailing a catamaran with the sun and wind in your face, splashing water and plenty of challenges. Flevoland has a huge number of water activities. In fact, Flevoland was made for it!
Learn these trendy and adventurous water sports at one of the many locations in Flevoland before you set out by yourself, in any weather! Board or moor at one of the many marinas, or let the wind blow through your hair during a cruise along the deserted islands in the Veluwemeer. Alternatively, get on board of an ultramodern yacht or motor cruiser or sail a two-master on the Markermeer. If you prefer a somewhat more relaxed holiday, hire a canoe or sloop to explore the magnificent area. Visit http://www.ookflevoland.nl/bootverhuur-in-flevoland for more information about renting a boat.
There are numerous beaches along the lakes; some suitable for small children because the water is shallow. Others where dogs are allowed to swim and splash about. Then there are those large beaches for kiting, surfing or sailing a catamaran. If you prefer a trendy beach, no worries, Flevoland has those as well! Almere has some beautiful beaches with lounge couches and far-out beach cafés with lounge music. Relax in the sun with a delicious cocktail or glass of rosé. Visit http://www.ookflevoland.nl/stranden-in-flevoland for locations.
Amusing recreation parks
In addition to beaches, there is a huge number of recreation parks beside the water, some with facilities for overnight accommodation and/or picnics, others located in tranquil areas in the countryside. Have a closer look at the website of Toerisme Flevoland for more detailed information and tips.
Flevoland even has a grand amusement parc to offer the entire family a day of fun. Walibi has it all: the highest roller coaster within the Benelux, many other roller coasters, shows, and shops. Visit http://www.walibi.nl for more information.
Tropical Swim Paradise
At Center Parcs De Eemhof in Zeewolde you can enjoy a swim in their tropical swim paradise Aqua Mundo. Even if you just want to go there for an afternoon or day, you can enter the swimming pool without having to be a guest of Center Parcs. Visit http://www.dagjecenterparcs.nl/eemhof for more information.