Almere

Almere is a city in Flevoland, a western province of the Netherlands. Almere is a new town, it has a new city centre. Because it is so new, if you're looking for old buildings, just go elsewhere: the oldest building is only from 1976! Almere had 191,239 inhabitants as of April 1, 2011, which makes it the 7th city of the Netherlands.

Get in

Almere Centrum is the focal point of the city's transportation system

By train

The busy railway corridor called Flevolijn/Hanzelijn runs right through Almere from East to West. Along it, no less than six train stations are strung within Almere: Almere Poort, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Centrum, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten and Almere Oostvaarders. There are direct train connections from Almere to Schiphol, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Hilversum, Leiden, Delft, Dordrecht, Roosendaal, Vlissingen, Lelystad, Dronten, Zwolle, Leeuwarden and Groningen, among others. One can easily transfer to trains taking you to almost any other station within the Netherlands in one of those destinations.

Do note that only Sprinter trains will stop at all of the stations in Almere. Intercity trains will generally only call at Almere Centrum. Consult ns.nl or 9292.nl for up-to-date schedules.

By bus

Apart from its proprietary bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Almere is also served by transregional bus lines utilizing the same BRT infrastructure. They are distinguished by their three-digit numbers (city bus lines in Almere are only numbered using one or two digits):

Some of the lines stop at Almere Centrum, but some do not. They would usually, however, stop at some other railway station within Almere or at the bus transfer point Almere t'Oor on the outskirts of Almere.

The bus lines are meant to supplement the railway by offering direct connections between more remote areas without the need to use the congested trains during peak hours. Therefore, for most tourists, it will be much more convenient to stick to using trains. If, however, you indeed want to start or finish your journey in a point not close to a railway station, do consult 9292.nl for up-to-date information on connections and schedules.

By car

Almere is at the intersection of two motorways - the A6 going through the entire Flevoland, connecting to the Amsterdam-bound A1, and the A27, which forks southwards, towards Hilversum and Utrecht, from the A6 in Almere.

By plane

Almere is close to the Schiphol Airport, one of the best-connected airports in the world. From the train station directly underneath the airport concourse, you can take a direct train to Almere.

Buses provide frequent and convenient transportation throughout Almere

Get around

Almere has six train stations. Almere Poort, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Centrum, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, and Almere Oostvaarders. Almere also has an extensive network of freelaying bus routes. On most of these routes, busses will ride every seven minutes. Less during evenings and Sundays.

The city also features an extensive network of free laying bike paths covering the entire city. Bikes can be rented at the bike shops at the train stations Almere Centrum and Buiten.

See

Modern architecture

Begin your tour by visiting VVV Almere in De nieuwe Bibliotheek

Almere is rife with prominent examples of modern architecture from 1970s onwards, and prides itself in its collection thereof. If this is one of your interests, you will surely not be disappointed in Almere.

Your tour of the architectural marvels of Almere would head off to a good start with a visit to those two places, both housed in rather interesting buildings, close to each other and right in the centre of the city:

Some of the most prominent works of architecture are to be found in the town's new centre (Stadshart):

Art and culture

Almere has its share of sights to behold

Do

Eat

Drink

Most bars are on the Grote Markt. There are some bars in the Havenkom, this is harbor of Almere-Haven, here you can eat and drink while enjoying the view of the bay in a very calm setting.

Sleep

There aren't many accommodation options in Almere, and all are geared towards business travellers - expect modern, non-nonsense design and the usual features.

For more accommodation options, you may want to base yourself in one of the neighbouring provinces of Zuid-Holland or Utrecht.

Go next

Routes through Almere

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