Route from Amsterdam

On the A6 motorway (coming from the A1 Amsterdam/Muiderberg direction) take exit Almere Poort. Turn left onto the Poortdreef (N70). On your left you will find Almeerderzand (beach with a view of Amsterdam). If you wish to visit the beach, take the 1st turn on your left.

Almeerderstrand

A great spot for families. This is a wide beach on the IJmeer lake. There is ample space and you can choose from sand or grass areas.

 

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Continue the route on the Poortdreef (N70). Go straight at the traffic lights. Take the 1st left into the Duinvalleiweg. Immediately turn right (Marinaweg) in the direction of Muiderzand Marina.

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Marina Muiderzand

Delicious ice cream and other refreshments are available at the Sail Today beach pavilion. The Poortdok beach restaurant is the ideal venue for a lazy lounging session; have a snack or enjoy something to drink, whilst keeping your eye on the children playing. Another gourmet delight is the Harbor House restaurant at the marina.

 

Sail Today beach pavilion →
IJmeerdijk 2, 1309 BA Almere, 036-5369147

Poortdok beach restaurant
IJmeerdijk 1, 1309 BA Almere, 036-5369959

Harbor House restaurant →
Marinaweg 4, 1361 AC Almere. 036-5369061

 

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From the Muiderzand Marina, drive the same way back as you came to return to the Poortdreef. (N70). At each of the next 3 roundabouts, take the 2nd exit (in effect continuing straight ahead). Then take the 1st turn to the left onto the IJmeerdijk.

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This is a great place to stop and be rewarded with some beautiful views out over the Markermeer lake. You will see Amsterdam in the distance.

 

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Drive the same way back as you came to return to the Poortdreef. This road now continues as the Oostvaardersdijk (N701). After a few kilometres, turn right into the Pampushavenweg. A few hundred meters down the road you will see a car park on your left which belongs to the ‘Polderland Garden of Love and Fire’ landscape artwork.

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Polderland Garden of Love and Fire

This artwork by architect Daniël Libeskind (b.1946 in Lodz, Poland) consists of five crossing lines which lie as a sort of extraordinary writing on the landscape: three small channels, a band of black gravel on which rests a sculpture consisting of aluminium walls and a footpath. Libeskind expresses the course of life and history as well as the location’s inherent narrative in his inimitably distinct visual language.

 

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From the Pampushavenweg drive back in the direction of the Oostvaardersdijk (N701). Turn right in the direction of Lelystad. On the left is the Markermeer lake and on your right (after approx. eight kilometres) you will find the Lepelaarplassen nature reserve. There are a number of places to stop (P) along this road from where you can enjoy the view. On your left you will see the Trekvogel visitors’ centre.

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You can park here and visit the following attractions:

Oostvaardersdiep 16. You will discover all about the unique Lepelaarsplassen nature reserve here. There are a number of stuffed bird examples of the wild ones you will see. You can also watch a video on how this wonderful area was brought into existence.

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This is certainly one of Flevoland’s most beautiful spots. Nature is extremely varied and abundant here with a wealth of birdlife. A great area to walk through and catch a glimpse of the birds in their natural habitat from the numerous bird hides. This nature reserve was established when Southern Flevoland was drained in 1968 and is made up from three sand extraction wells silted up with clay. This area has now a well developed clay marsh providing fertile grounds for marsh birds and a thriving cormorant colony.

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Modern bridge and lock attendant’s house on the N701.

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This is the pumping station that keeps Southern Flevoland dry. It is the largest pumping station in Europe when considering delivery head and capacity. The pumping station is named after engineer De Blocq van Kuffeler (1878-1963). Originally the pumping station had four pumps driven by diesel engines, however these were replaced in 2008 with electric engines, remotely controlled from the Wortman pumping station in Lelystad.

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From the Trekvogel visitors’ centre drive again onto the Oostvaardersdijk in the direction of Lelystad. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (straight on) and continue along the Oostvaardersdijk. The Markermeer lake will remain on your left. A little further on, on the right hand side, you will skirt the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve, made famous in the 2013 documentary ‘The New Wilderness’. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit to the right onto the Knardijk.


is an inner dike and forms a border between Eastern and Southern Flevoland.

The dike was originally constructed as the southern outer dike of the Eastern Flevoland polder when it was drained in the first phase (1957) of the construction of the greater Flevoland polder. Southern Flevoland however was drained much later (1968) and the Knardijk therefore remained a full outer dike for a considerable period forming as it did, the barrier between the new land and the water in the southern part of the IJsselmeer lake. The Knardijk was named after the former shallow area in the Zuiderzee.

 

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Drive straight ahead on the Knardijk. After a few hundred meters you will see the Oostvaardersplassen outdoor centre on the right hand side. Park your car here.

Kunstwerk Knardijk
Noorderplassen

This is the Netherlands’ largest marshland area in which nature is given free rein. The Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve has an astonishing history. When the Flevopolder was drained in 1968, this wet part remained unused. Nature, ever the opportunist, quickly colonised the space to create a marshland with lakes, reed banks and willow woods. Countless birds, hundreds of Heck cattle, Konik horses and red deer impart a distinctly un-Dutch feel to this entire area.

 

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After your visit, drive from the Oostvaardersplassen outdoor centre car park back onto the Knardijk. From the Knardijk take the 1st exit on the right at the roundabout onto the Oostvaardersdijk and continue towards Lelystad. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit in the direction of the Houtribweg. After 200 meters turn left onto the Oostvaardersdijk. Drive until you reach the end of this road (the Oostvaardersdijk). Here you can park on the left near the lock with a view of the Wortman pumping station.

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This is the oldest part of Lelystad. Constructed in 1951, it was at one time the independent centre. It consists of the first houses built for the construction workers who worked on the Eastern Flevoland land reclamation project, the so called ‘Perceel P’, later named ‘Lelystad-Haven Work Island’.

The ‘island’ is a small settlement with a wheel house and a canteen which doubled as village hall, along with timber barracks for the workers. The engineers faired a little better; they had brick houses. A number of small houses were later added for the workers.

is beautifully located on the Markermeer and IJsselmeer lakes. As well as permanent berths there are a number of places reserved for visitors. Lelystad Haven Yacht Club  located at the main landing stage will welcome you with their usual warm hospitality. This is the perfect place for a drink, lunch or dinner in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

You will find the lock with the Wortman pumping station at Oostvaardersdijk 32/34: one of the three pumping stations used in the Eastern Flevoland land reclamation project. The pumping station was named after dr.ir. Hendrik Wortman (1859-1939). The Wortman pumping station continued to work after the polder was drained and continues even today to keep the Eastern and Southern Flevoland polders dry

Gemaal Wortman
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Take the exit on your left onto the Houtribweg. Drive straight ahead until the road curves gently to the right (Visarenddreef). Keep to the left here, which means staying on the Houtribweg. Drive to the roundabout, take the 3rd exit (turning left) onto the Museumweg. After 174 meters, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto the VOC-weg and park your car in the VOC-garage.

Museum Nieuwland

You can find out here all about the story of Flevoland – the world’s largest polder – in a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions. The centre boasts a study facility, as well as organises a range of events and educational programmes.

 

Nieuw Land Heritage Centre →, Oostvaardersdijk 113, 8242 PA Lelystad, 0320-225900

Fashion Outlet Bataviastad

The first fashion outlet centre in the Netherlands. The outlet is named after the Batavia, the Dutch East India Company’s vessel from 1628, a replica of which is moored at the Batavia shipyard. The shopping centre is a simulation of a fortified city, complete with substantial city walls, three city gates, car-free cobbled streets and a series of individual timber clad shop buildings featuring mock-traditional architecture. The total retail space is 31,000 square meters.

 

Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet →, Bataviaplein 60, 8242 PN Lelystad. 0320-292900

Bataviawerf

The Batavia Shipyard specialises in traditional ship building. The yard was set up in 1985 partially as a training and work experience project for young people. From the very start the building of historic timber ships here, such as the reconstruction of the Batavia and the De Zeven Provinciën, attracted a great deal of attention from visitors. The yard has become a recognised tourist attraction. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the Batavia and get to know the extraordinary story at the heart of this icon of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

 

Batavia Shipyard →, Bataviaplein 2, 8242 PA Lelystad, 0320-261409

Bataviahaven

Batavia Port is a modern bay shaped harbour. There are numerous restaurants  and cafés to explore and enjoy in Schoonzicht and in Batavia Port.

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Continue your route from the VOC parking garage: Take the 3rd exit on the roundabout (turn left) and at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit in the direction of the dike towards Enkhuizen (N302). After a couple of hundred meters you will pass the Houtribsluizen locks.

Houtribsluizen


The Houtribsluizen locks form part of a waterway lock complex linking Amsterdam and Lemmer near Lelystad. The complex was opened in 1975. The Houtribdijk dike divides the IJsselmeer and Markermeer lakes. The Houtribsluizen complex consists of two locks and a drainage sluice, through which in excess of 80,000 vessels pass every year. The locks are operated 24 hours per day from a central operations tower. The drainage sluice has six openings which can be sealed off with steel flashboards. The total drainage capacity is maximum 630 m3 water per second.

 

Vervolg route

Even voorbij de Houtribsluizen aan de Markerwaarddijk ligt de strekdam. Na een ruime flauwe bocht naar rechts gaat u direct rechtsaf richting strekdam. U kunt hier (gratis) parkeren om een kijkje te nemen bij Landschapskunstwerk Exposure.

Exposure

Balancing on the edge between land and water, a 26 meter high squatting man looks out over the Markermeer lake. Artist Antony Gormley (b.1950 in London, UK) was fascinated both by the ‘makeability’ of the new polder and the landscape’s power pylons.

 

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From the parking place at the breakwater dam, return (turn left) to the Markerwaard dike (N302 in the direction of Lelystad). From the Markerwaard dike, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Emmeloord. You are once again on the Houtribweg (N302). After approximately 2.5 km you approach a roundabout. Take the 3rd exit to Houtribhoekstrand.

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The Houtribhoekstrand beach is Lelystad’s largest beach. Sand was deposited to create the beach and is a safe spot to swim in the IJsselmeer lake. A secure section is set aside for children. Eetcafé @theBeach boasts an excellent view out over the IJsselmeer lake. Parking is free.
Eetcafé @thebeach →, Strand Houtribhoek 1, 8221 RH Lelystad, 0320-795238

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Drive back to the roundabout and take the 3rd exit towards Emmeloord. After a few hundred meters, turn left to Flevo Marina (the Overstag exit).

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Houtribstrand
Flevomarina

Flevo Marina is located directly on the IJsselmeer lake. As well as a water sports shop with an excellent range of products you will find a restaurant here offering refreshments. Restaurant Aanutwater → IJsselmeerdijk 17, 8221 RC Lelystad, 0320-263663

 

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Leaving the Flevo Marina, turn left onto the Houtribweg in the direction of Emmeloord. After a few hundred meters, turn right onto the Veldweg. From here, follow the signs for ‘Belevenissenbos’.

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Het Belevenissenbos → is an area of 40 hectares where children can ‘experience’ and play to their hearts’ content in a completely natural environment. The woods and the play structures are suitable for children from 6 years of age. There are numerous playgrounds, dozens of play facilities, water areas and many kilometres of trails. The area is run by volunteers. Please take care however, as supervision is not provided and playing here is entirely at your own risk. Veldweg 98, 8231SB Lelystad

 

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After your visit to Belevenissenbos, take the same road back to the Houtribweg. At the Houtribweg turn right towards Emmeloord/A6. Go straight on at the following two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, turn left onto the A6 in the direction of Emmeloord and continue on your way to Friesland.

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