Lelystad is the capital of the Dutch province of Flevoland. While overshadowed by the larger Almere and with a much less interesting town centre, Lelystad still has its fair share of tourist attractions, mostly found on the outskirts of the city. Like much of the rest of Flevoland, Lelystad is not thought of highly as an exciting tourist destination by the Dutch, but if you want to learn more about the history of land reclamation, or indeed more ancient naval and land history of the Netherlands, visiting Lelystad can prove surprisingly worthwhile. Visiting Lelystad can also be solid fun for wildlife and birdwatching aficionados, aviation buffs and bargain hunters.
By trainLelystad is right in the middle of the busy Flevolijn/Hanzelijn railway corridor, and its train station, Lelystad Centrum, right in the middle of the city, with a bus terminal just below the train platforms. There are frequent connections to Schiphol, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Vlissingen, Dordrecht, Roosendaal, Almere, Zwolle, Groningen and Leeuwarden, and you can get to pretty much every other station in the Netherlands by changing trains in one of those locations.
There are plans to build another train station along the same line in Lelystad, called Lelystad-Zuid, but it is not to be completed before 2025. Until then, Lelystad Centrum remains the only train station in the city.
By busThere are several inter-regional bus lines that stop at Lelystad Centrum:
Local bus lines to other locations in Flevoland include:
There is no bus connection to Almere. The only public transportation option to travel between Almere and Lelystad is taking a train.
By carLelystad can most easily be reached by the A6 running across Flevoland and embracing the city as its ringroad. An alternative, scenic route is taking the N302 running along the Houtribdijk from Enkhuizen in North Holland.
By bikeFrom Almere, seasoned bikers can take one of the scenic routes to Lelystad along the Oostvaardersplassen. One is the Flevoroute along the southern border of the nature reserve, and the other runs over the Oostvaardersdijk separating the calm lakes of the nature reserve from the larger Markermeer. Both are about 30 kilometres long and should take seasoned bikers 1.5–2 hours, unless you stop to take photos. Do note that there are no man-made structures along most of the way and indeed pretty much nobody to ask for help, so make sure you can make it on your own before engaging on such a journey.
By planeLelystad Airport remains a general aviation airport only, which means there are no scheduled passenger connections to and from there, but one may land there with a private plane.
By busThere are 10 local bus lines (numbered from 1 to 11, but note that there is no line 4 anymore) that all go through the Lelystad Centrum bus hub under the railway station. The intercity bus lines also leave from the railway station to neighbouring municipalities, stopping within Lelystad along their way. A schematic map of the bus lines can be found here: .
On footWhile the city centre is very compact and easily navigable on foot, most of the attractions are spread out to the outskirts of the city. Getting there on foot would be a challenge.
BataviawerfOld fashioned shipyard were the replica of the 17th-century ship "Batavia" is built.
The Oostvaardersplassen today covers 5600 ha, of which 3600 ha are marshland and 2000 ha are grasslands and roughs. The area is an integrated mosaic of eight ecological types of landscape varying from a very wet zone to a dry one and open water and wet grassland to spontaneously grown woodland. The marshlands can be divided into three different landscapes: one-third is large scale open water, one-third is a combination of shallow lakes and mudflats with varying vegetation and one-third is almost exclusively covered with reeds.
The Oostvaardersplassen are perfect for birdwatching. You can find more information on .
Batavia StadA large outlet shopping center, built in the Lelystad harbour and styled to resemble an old seaside village.
Palazzo LelystadThe expansive Palazzo furniture and home improvement shopping centre has as little to do with the Italian Palazzos as it has with Leslie Nielsen's Enrico Palazzo, but it can come in handy if you decide to move in to Lelystad for a longer time
Lunchroom le passage - first place to catch my attention looking more like a local company than a chain. A bit tired inside, pleasant staff. I had an iced coffee which cost €3.50, it was nice, but more sweet than expected. http://www.lepassage.nl/
Apollo Hotel Lelystad City CentreA tired 1970s hotel in the city centre, overlooking the moderately depressing Agora
B&B de ValkenhorstWhile referred to as a B&B, de Valkenhorst offers high-standard hotel-like accommodation along with a number of leisure facilities. It is situated out of town, in the new development of Flevopoort 5.
Hajé Restaurant de Aalscholveraddress: Rijksweg A6 de Aalscholver 2, 8218 PW LelystadThe restaurant overlooking the Oostvaardersplassen offers inexpensive rooms for nature lovers wishing to spend some time there.
Huis van SteenA guesthouse in a green area outside of the city and close to the Batavia-haven.
Hotel De Lange JammerMore of a guesthouse than a hotel situated in a countryside-style building outside of Lelystad-haven (Lelystad's OTHER marina)
Hotel Restaurant Lelystad AirportThis hotel is within walking distance of the airport buildings and the Aviodrome, but the remote location may be of little use to you unless you arrive by your own plane. Fit-outs and furnishings are rather basic.
phone: +31 320 258 253address: Badweg 1, 8223 PA LelystadHas a wide range of huts, pods, etc. as well as space for tents, campingcars and caravans.