Flevoland Travel Guide
A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Flevoland, a province located in the centre of the Netherlands. I traveled with some other bloggers and they turned out to be amazing people. Flevoland is not as famous nor as touristy as Amsterdam, Rotterdam or The Hague. In fact, it is totally different from the rest of the country and definitely makes an interesting trip from Amsterdam. Most of Flevoland sits below sea level and a popular activity is looking for old shipwrecks. These are marked with a a blue pole with a red ship on top of it. Every shipwreck has its own unique story.
Flevoland is only a 20 minutes drive from Amsterdam. We first arrived in Almere, the youngest city in the Netherlands and hence very modern. The city is known for its great architecture so making a walk in the city centre to watch the unique buildings is simply a must do. If you are a book lover, I would definitely recommend paying a visit to Almere’s New Library. We had a nice lunch in Finn, which lies in the heart of the city.
Our second stop was Lelystad, the capital city of Flevoland. If you ever make it to Lelystad, you should definitely visit the replica of the 17th-century ship Batavia at the Batavialand Shipyard. Batavialand shows you some historic shipbuilding and the Golden Age. Make sure to also make a stop at Exposure, which is an almost 26 meters tall metal statue designed by the British artist Antony Gormley. Locals call this statue ‘the pooping man’ and when you have a look at the statue, you will quickly understand why. We checked in at one of Vakantiepark Eigen Wijze’s ‘fisherman houses’. For dinner we had reservations at Netl de Wildste Tuin, which is a popular spot for locals. We decided to go for the food sharing option and enjoyed some delicious plates of food. I was told Netl hosts a festival once a year so definitely check the calendar when you go there.
Our next stop was Urk, a town with a history that stretches back many centuries. People speak a very old dialect and most of the locals are very religious. We made a walk through the ginkies which are old alleyways. In the harbor the other bloggers tried some grilled fish while I enjoyed a vegetarian dish.
Another place worth visiting is Oostvaardersplassen. This park is the perfect getaway if you are looking for a place to relax in nature. We got tickets for ‘a safari’ in the park. We drove through it by jeep and stopped every now and then to watch the wildlife (mostly deer, ponies and cattle). We were lucky to get a lot of background information from the very enthusiastic park ranger. It was amazing to watch those big groups of ponies living in the wild.
After our safari we had dinner in a lovely restaurant called De Rede van Bataviahaven. We spent the night at Buytenplaets Suydersee in Lelystad. This is a camping-with-a-twist site where you can sleep in a gipsycar, special cabin or even in an American school bus! I think this is the perfect spot for people who love the camping atmosphere.
The next morning we had breakfast in fruit yard Smits, which was so magical. Our final stop of the trip was Randmeren. We rented a boat and had a picknick at one of the small uninhabited islands. Afterwards it was time to go home again with SNCB International. I really had an amazing time!