Tips for Almere mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Almere bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Almere. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Almere. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Almere highlights.

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What to see and visit during your day trip or tour in Flevoland/Almere with a rented bus with driver?

Batavia City

Lelystad is the capital of Flevoland. Just four miles from downtown Batavia City is located. Batavia City is an outlet mall. Brands are offering special discounts. There is a lot to see in Batavia City, it is good for an afternoon or morning shopping. Batavia City is one of the top tourist destinations of the province of Flevoland. Finishing shopping in Batavia City? Also in the center of Lelystad can be shopped.

Bataviawerf

Bataviawerf is a company that reconstructs old ships. A real attraction is also the old VOC ship. Batavia return. The Bataviawerf is located within walking distance of Batavia City. These two attractions are well combined.

Bataviawerf De Batavia

Bataviawerf De Batavia credit: Nationaal Historisch Museum CC BY-SA 2.0

Lowlands Festival

This festival attracts 60,000 Dutch and international tourists each year. Tourists will be staying at a temporary camp where they set up their own tent. Then there partying for the next three days. The top acts from all around the world will be shown.

Ballorig for children

Almere is located in the Southwest of Flevoland. In the center of Almere Ballorig is located. This is a big playground, with all kinds can play. In Ballorig there is also the opportunity to give a party for children. The entrance cost €5,50 for children and the parents are free.

The Gnome Forest

Dronten is located in the north of Flevoland. In Dronten The Gnome Forest is located. You can set route through the forest here, then eat pancakes at the nearby restaurant.
You will also find the pool Optisport. You can swim for fun, or join in activities such as swimming in the Aqua power, Fifty Fit (50 +), Baby and Toddler Swimming.

Parcs d'attractions

Parcs d'attractions credit: Miguel Discart CC BY-SA 2.0

Walibi World

Biddinghuizen is located east of Flevoland. Walibi Holland, a well-known atraction park, is located here. Walibi World is known for its roller coasters. It is also possible to stay in cottages that are located close the park.

Speed of Sound at Walibi World

Speed of Sound at Walibi World  credit: Martin Lewison CC BY-SA 2.0

About the history of Flevoland  

Cornelis Lely (1854 -1929) was a Dutch engineer, engineering, minister,
governor and politician. In 1891 he made a plan for the closure of the Southern sea. This plan was completed in 1932. There is a dam built between North Holland and Friesland. Because of the bridge, the Ijssel lake had been raised. Between 1942 and 1968, three polders reclaimed. These polders are now known as the Northeast, Eastern and Southern Flevoland. The capital of Flevoland, is named of Cornelis Lely Leleystad .

For the construction of the dam, Urk was an island in the southern sea. Because of the building of the three polders between 1942-1968, Urk is now located on the mainland . For the inhabitants of the island, Urk still feel like an island, for example, they do not live in Urk but on Urk.

By plane

To reach this province with a commercial flight you’ll probably land on Amsterdam International Airport (AMS). From there it’s onl;y a 40 minute drive to reach the capital of this province: Lelystad.

The province also has it’s own local Lelystad Airport (LEY). This airport is for scenic flights, training flights, aircraft rental and many other activities. For the business traveler, the airport is important.
From the airport there is the possibility to fly to other large or small airports. Lelystad Airport is working with: AIS Airlines, Heli-Holland, Aviodrome, Heli Centre, COBAIR and many other organizations.
Lelystad Airport is about 10 km from the city center. The airport is easily accessible by car, public transport, bicycle and boat. You can also choose to go by taxi.

Aviodrome Lelystad Airport

Aviodrome Lelystad Airport credit: Archangel12 CC BY 2.0

On the road in Flevoland

Do you prefer to travel by car with driver, minibus or coach travel, Flevoland has an excellent road network which makes it a great opportunity. Flevoland is easily accesable because of a lot of highways; these are the A6, A27. The A6 runs from Muiderberg (Noord-Holland) through Flevoland to Joure (Friesland). The A27 runs from Almere outside through to Utrecht, Breda and Antwerp. This makes it easy to travel and visit places during a group tour or your holiday trip.

Business tourism in Flevoland

The Party boat in Almere Haven

Different cities of Flevoland offer locations for conferences, meetings or meetings for your company. In the center of Almere Haven there is a nice location called Partyboat.
It can accommodate up to 110 guests, they offer all-inclusive packages, and it is easily accessible by bus, taxi or a private car with driver.

Boats Naupar

In Lelystad there is a company which is offering boats for business meeting. The ships are traditional sailing ships. With over 200,000 visitors a year and 16 home ports in the Netherlands, NAUPAR is the leading player in the charter.

Flevonice

Flevonice is located in Biddinghuizen. It is a building that can be used for presentations, conferences and product presentations. A buffet can also be booked. This has space for 50 to 300 people. Less than 6 kilometers from FlevOnice, Walibi Holland is located.
In Walibi Holland there is the possibility to rent some rooms. It is also Possible to rent the whole park.

Active Tourism

In Lelystad, sailing school Pyxis Mare is located. There can be sailed for beginners and experienced divers. There are also several courses. NSW Golf Club is also worth a visit. This course must be booked. They have an 18-hole and 9-hole course.

Transportation options to and from Almere

Almere is a new city. The city has a very nice landscape. A lot of inhabitant in Almere haves been living in Amsterdam. The reason for moving is prices of the houses. Since 1950 Almere has been the second largest city of the province of Flevoland. The city has about 200,000 inhabitants. Almere is located close to the Gooi, the Weerwater and the Noorderplassen. The hubs of the A27 and A6 highways are also located here.

Almere Central Station
Station Almere Centrum credit: EllywaCC BY-SA 3.0

Tours through Almere

In Almere are no companies that organize trips inside Almere. However, from other cities there will be organized trips to the Primark in Almere. Primark is a budget clothing store where you can shop well. The best day trip from Almere is visiting Amsterdam!

Walking tour through the city

Almere is a beautiful city for walkers. This because Almere has many forests and city parks. The unique locations of Almere are Queen Beatrix Park, Kromslootpark and Leeghwater Lakes. Nice to do is walking through the neighborhoods of Almere. On the website http://www.wandeleninalmere.nl/ will offering free hiking trails. There are no companies who are offering bicycle tours, but there are websites that sell bike trail. On www.vvvalmere.nl you find these routes. On www.fietseropuit.nl you can plan your own tour.

Stipodag Almere

Stipodag Almere credit: Stipo team for urban development CC BY-SA 2.0

Nightlife in Almere

Do you want to explore the nightlife of Almere?
Anno Almere, is a nice bar. It is located in the center of Almere, every Friday and Saturday you can enjoy a cozy night with DJs. The minimum age is 21 years.
Another nice option is Wow nightclub, located in the Northwest. This nightclub is open every Saturday from 21:30 am to 5:00 o clock. The minimum age is 16 years. Before 23:00 the entry is free, after the entrance will cost € 5,-. Do you prefer a cafe? Then you can go to Cheers bar, located in the center of Almere. There is a friendly atmosphere. Every 1st Friday of the month there is a live performance.

Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren credit: Hakken CC BY 2.0

What to see and do in Flevoland

Den Uylenpark

The Den Uylenpark consist of two parts, a petting zoo and a city-field.
The petting zoo is located in the center of Almere. Different animals run free and can be petted. For children there are different playgrounds. The park is run by a group of volunteers. Feeding of the animals by visitors is not allowed.

The city-field: schools can participate in this gardening project. For those on school trips easy to arrive bus or coach. Please note that this park is closed on Monday, Tuesday / Friday open from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday it is open from 14:00 to 16:00.

Orang-utans in the zoo
Orang-utans in the zoo credit: J P CC BY 2.0

The Early bird forest

The Early bird forest is a place where a tearoom, sheepfold, wooden playground and woodland are located. It’s a place where everybody could have some fun. This forest is one of the oldest forests in Almere. You can cycle and hike through the forest.

Sheepfold

In the sheepfold there are about 100 sheep which are eating grass. The main reason for having this sheep’s is to remove a plant, called ´Berenklauw´. For humans it is difficult to remove, this plant but sheep are eating them.

Do you want to go away from the sheep’s, you can visit the tearoom. It is a unique place to enjoy a cup of tea with homemade apple pie. Between the sheepfold and the teahouse is the playground. Parents can have a drink and watch their children. This park is open Monday / Friday from 10:30 to 16:30, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 17:00. This park is located close to the highway A6. It is easily accessible by private transport.

Theater Almere

In this theater, there are a lot of various shows and performances. You can enjoy a great night with comedians, fantastic musicals, musical concerts and theatrical performances. Before or after the show, it is possible to have diner or drink in the restaurant which are very close. The theater also has a special architecture. bus and taxi companies all know this theater, so it is very easily accessible. It is situated in Almere city close the WeerWater. The weerwater is a recreation lake.

Theater Agora

Theater Agora credit: K.murphy CC BY-SA 3.0

Gallery ARTnivo

Artnivo is mainly concerned with the provision of art on the internet. They also have a private gallery in Almere. ARTnivo is working together with artists who offer their work for less money. They have several exhibits on display; these spaces are small so that visitors feel at ease there. The opening hours are Monday / Friday from 12:00 to 18:00. This gallery is located near the theater and Almere city and is easily accessible by coach, taxi or private transport.

Shopping in Almere

Almere is well known since the opening of the Primark. Visitors from all over the country come by bus to Almere for this store. Besides the primark, Almere has a lovey shoppingcenter. The center is on walking distance of the station. This center is distinctive from all other cities. This by the architecture and the great buildings of the stores. The center is easily accessible by taxi or private transport. There are several parking facilities in and around the city center.

Primark, Almere

Primark, Almere credit: Christian van Elven CC BY-ND 2.0

Nice food and specialties in Almere

In Almere, many atmospheric restaurants can be found, each with their own specialties. A famous specialty, you should definitely try it Almeria Antje (herbal gin). For bus tours you will find a nice restaurant for almost every type of group.

Restaurant in Almere

Restaurant La Cubanita

After a fantastic day in Almere, you are hungry and want to have some eat.
A nice restaurant to eat is La Cubanita. This restaurant describes itself as a tapas restaurant. You can order one or two small dishes each time. The dishes are well prepared. During the week, it’s an all you can eat concept. The restaurant is centrally located, about a 10 minute walk from the central train station of Almere.

Chez Alexander

This restaurant has a French-Dutch cuisine. The atmosphere is relaxed and the quality is good. You can choose to order your individual dishes or for a three-course menu. The restaurant has an extensive menu. The restaurant is centrally located, about 10 minutes’ walk from Almere central station.

Kimono Japanese Restaurant 

Kimono is a Japanese restaurant. They serve sushi and grilled dishes
You could also choose some other dishes like fish and meat. The dishes are served in small portions so you can eat a lot. The restaurant is centrally located, about 10 minutes’ walk from Almere central station.

It doesn’t make sense, but we tell you anyway. These restaurants like to receive groups but making a reservation might be useful.

Order taken

Order taken credit: Daniel Ansel Tingcungco CC BY-SA 2.0

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