Almere – Cycleseeing around Amsterdam
Includes movable bridges
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2 in total
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June 10, 2021
No other landscape in the Netherlands quite represents the 20th century as Nieuw Land (New Land). The modern polder towns here are true architectural museums. The nature reserves, such as Lepelaarplassen and Oostvaardersplassen, are a beautiful contrast to this.
In this new land, you are actually cycling on the seabed. A system of dykes keeps the surrounding water, which is on average five metres (16 ft) higher, at bay. Take the train from Amsterdam Central Station to Almere or Lelystad, and discover Nieuw Land in these two wonderful routes, starting with Almere.
You cycle just over 6 miles (10 km) from the city centre of Almere to reach the Lepelaarsplassen section of the Nieuw Land National Park. Cycle past the houses of the first settlers in the new town. Just after the Beatrixpark, you see the modern houses of Noorderplassen West. Then you cycle between Noorderplassen and the Lepelaarsplassen nature reserve. Stop at the lookout hut and see how many of the 300 species of bird you can spot. At the Trekvogel visitor centre, housed in a former engineer's house that once stood on an island, you can learn all about your new feathered friends.
Cycle over the Oostvaardersdijk to the Oostvaardersplassen, and with a favourable wind you might even feel like cycling all the way to Lelystad. Or, you can complete the Almere round and save Lelystad for next time. Then turn right at the Jac. P. Thijsepad and cycle with the Oostvaardersplassen on your left along this unique nature reserve. Large herds of Heck cattle, Konik horses (originally from Poland) and red deer graze the grassland. The area is of international importance as a marshland and bird habitat.
Then it is time to cycle back from the Oostvaardersplassen to the city centre of Almere. Cycle along the Lage Vaart and be amazed by the striking buildings and landscape art. Examples include the remarkable buildings called the Rode Donders or the five concrete elephants by sculptor Tom Claassen, each weighing 40 tonnes.
Via Hanny Schaft Park, you enter a shopping area that is officially recognised as one of the best city centres in the Netherlands. While shopping, pay attention to the many buildings designed by the world's most famous architects. Finally, get on the train to Amsterdam and take a last look at the typical Dutch landscape where water and land go hand in hand.