Master-planned Almere is a lively city known for contemporary architecture and picturesque public spaces. Clever urban planning and picturesque parks, greenways and canals allow the city to complement the natural environment. Admire envelope-pushing buildings in the city centre and enjoy a breath of fresh air in the surrounding forests, farms and beaches.
Things to do in Almere
The first thing you’ll notice in Almere is the bold and progressive architecture. The Rainbow District features brightly-coloured facades while the Rode Donders housing development dominates the skyline with three cherry-red buildings inspired by grain silos. The iconic De Fantasie building is a vision of glass and steel. Guided tours are a great way to find out more about the architectural legacy of Almere.
In addition to its architecture, Almere is a hub for contemporary culture. The Dutch Digital Art Museum spotlights creativity in the digital age. Kids love learning about the roles of the police, fire departments and ambulances at the PIT Safety Museum.
De Kemphaan is a family-friendly urban park with an organic farm, climbing forest and miniature zoo. On Saturdays, the De Kemphaan farmers market is brimming with farm-fresh produce from across the Netherlands. The Het Vroege Vogelbos urban forest features shady nature trails and cycling routes. Keep your eyes peeled for sheep grazing in the meadows.
Almere’s coastal setting makes it a great destination for sunseekers. Head to Almeerderstrand Beach to bask on the sand, kitesurf in the bay and enjoy freshly-caught seafood at waterfront restaurants. On the eastern border of Almere is Oostvaardersplassen, a pristine nature sanctuary where you can spot wild Konik horses and migratory bird species.
Getting around Almere
Almere is compact and easy to get around on foot while it's also bike-friendly. Trains run between Almere and Amsterdam Central Station in around one hour. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a 30-minute drive away.