AlmereFlevoland, a western province of the Netherlands, which was reclaimed from the sea in the 20th century.
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, The Hague, 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.
Only Sprinter trains stop at all of the stations in Almere. Intercity trains generally only call at Almere Centrum. Consult ns.nl or 9292.nl for up-to-date schedules.
By busApart from its 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. Since December 2017 all the local bus lines have their endpoint at Almere Centrum. Most regional busses also stop at Almere Centrum, but there are some exceptions. They 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, consult 9292.nl for up-to-date information on connections and schedules.
By carAlmere 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 planeAlmere 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.
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, buses run every five minutes from Monday to Friday. In the weekend, early in the morning and in the evening and night. The busses drive less frequently.
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.
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:
CASLaCentre for architecture, city construction and landscape of Almere, with exhibitions and various events. The staff will be happy to talk you through Almere's architectural richness, give you an overview of the town centre using a scale model, and will often be able to provide you with maps, guides and publications on architecture in Almere.
VVV AlmereThe local tourist information office will be happy to suggest walks or tours for you to take, and has maps and electronic guides with pre-programmed architecturally-themed routes to take. They also have state-of-the-art bicycles for rent if you want to explore Almere that way.
Some of the most prominent works of architecture are to be found in the town's new centre (Stadshart):
- De Citadel, Jewel and Smaragd and Angle form a multi-functional centre with shops on the ground level, residential quarters over them and parking and transit hidden undernath
- De Nieuwe Bibliotheek complements them with a striking building with functions beyond that of a traditional library and more of a true community centre. Next to it is the sprawling city hall, Stadhuis Almere
- The waterfront of Stadshart is a collection of striking residential buildings: Lakeside, The Wave, Side by side and The City. Next to them, striking De Kunstlinie houses the local theatre (Schouwburg Almere)
Art and culture
- Utopolis - the local outlet of the multiplex cinema chain
Tour Almere the traditional wayThe local company Almere Veertje offers many of the traditional tourists treats, including trips by boat, an ultra-cheesy tourist train with a hop-on-hop-off option and guided tours to some of the city's attractions.
- Walk! - Almere is a very walkable municipality, offering both urban and natural landscapes to explore. There are plenty of organized and pre-planned walks available via VVV Almere . Or you can simply grab a map and explore yourself.
address: Grote Markt 9Halal Fried Chicken.
phone: +31 36 202 20 71address: Forum 18Kebab burgers, chicken products and spareribs.
address: De Diagonal 26; and Stationsplein 20Burgers, chicken, wraps, ice cream. Fast food chain.
address: Schutterstraat 44, Grote marktIce cream parlor and espresso bar
phone: +31 36 53 16015address: MariolaIce cream parlour.
address: De Diagonal 3Coffee, bagels, etc.
address: Kruisstraat 33-37Sandwiches, bread, snacks.
address: Noordeinde 247Sandwiches €2-5, hamburgers €3-6.
address: Prozastraat 113Burgers, sandwiches, fries, shakes. Also at Rio de Janeirostraat 12, and Condigent Rimsky-Korssakovweg 41.
phone: +31 36 5348619address: Kruisstraat 43-45
address: Havenhoofd 7
phone: +31 36 53 40 881address: Grote Markt 75Wide choice of cocktails, meat and vegetarian tapas.
address: Brouwerstraat 15Japanese/Asian fusion, sushi and grill.
phone: +31 36 530 12 51address: Grote Markt 53Chinese, Japanese, sushi, grill and wok.
phone: +31 36 521 57 61address: Havenzicht 16Hispano-Japanese fusion: sushi, tapas, vegetarian
phone: +31 36 540 40 40address: Veerkade 10Included in Michelin's Bib Gourmands 2018 for the Benelux.
phone: +31 3 530 50 00address: Noorderplassenweg 150
phone: +31 36 540 1126address: Sluis 3
phone: +31 36 531 75 80address: Sluiskade 2-10Pan-Asian, sushi, etc.
phone: +31 36 531 15 57address: Sluiskade 16-20
phone: +31 365344900address: Pim Mulierstraat 101World kitchen.
At Almere City Centre you'll find
phone: +31 6 15270303address: Schrijverstraat 2, 1315 HX Almere
phone: +31 36 52 745 00address: Coach track 2In the centre of Almere, next to the impressive waterfront, and featuring unusual architecture itself.
phone: +31 36 5488 344address: Grote Markt 121This hotel has 26 rooms in the city centre, in an inassuming location over a bar of the same name.
phone: +31 36 5395 940address: Koopmanstraat 3Close to the other two hotels in central Almere.
phone: +31 36 8000800address: Veluwezoom 45This plush hotel, featuring a swimming pool, is in a business/industrial district quite a bit away from the centre.
phone: +31 36 5367755address: Audioweg 1Like most other Bastion Hotels, it is geared towards business travellers arriving by car. It is in an industrial park just by the A6, but pretty much far away from everything else.
phone: +31 36 8451 500address: Zeeduinweg 11
For more accommodation options, you may want to base yourself in one of the neighbouring provinces of North-Holland or Utrecht.
phone: +31 365 470632address: Archerpad 6, 1324 ZZ AlmereFree Wi-Fi. Restaurant. Snack shop.
- Lelystad — has some interesting sights, such as the recreated VOC ship
- Oostvaardersplassen — this nature reserve is one of the prime birding areas in Europe
- Schokland — this island used to be similar to Urk, but had to be evacuated; a ghost village remains and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Urk — traditional old Dutch village community that once was an island