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Almere

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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[edit]

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

By train[edit]

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.

Provider Kind Station Route* Destination Frequence
NS Intercity Almere Centrum Amsterdam Centraal 2x p/h
NS Intercity Almere Buiten Almere Centrum, Duivendrecht, Amsterdam, Zuid, Schiphol Airport, Leiden Centraal, Den Haag Laan van NOI, Den Haag HS, Delft, Rotterdam Centraal, Rotterdam Blaak, Dordrecht Breda 2x p/h
NS Intercity Almere Centrum Amsterdam Zuid, Schiphol Airport, Leiden Centraal Den Haag Centraal 2x p/h
NS Intercity Almere Centrum Almere Buiten Lelystad Centrum 2x p/h
NS Intercity Almere Centrum Lelystad Centrum, Zwolle, Assen Groningen 1x p/h
NS Intercity Almere Centrum Lelystad Centurm, Zwolle, Meppel, Steenwijk, Wolvega, Heerenveen, Akkrum, Grou-Jirnsum Leeuwarden 1x p/h
NS Sprinter Almere Centrum Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Poort, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Sportpark Utrecht Centraal 2x p/h
NS Sprinter Almere Oostvaarders Almere Buiten, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Centurm, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Poort, Weesp, Diemen, Amsterdam Science Park, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam Centraal, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Schiphol Airport, Hoofddorp, Nieuw-Vennep, Sassenheim, Leiden Centraal, De Vink, Voorschoten, Den Haag Mariahoeve, Den Haag Laan van NOI Den Haag Centraal 2x p/h
NS Sprinter Almere Oostvaarders Almere Buiten, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Centurm, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Poort, Weesp, Diemen Zuid, Duivendrecht, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Zuid, Schiphol Airport, Hoofddorp, Nieuw-Vennep, Sassenheim, Leiden Centraal, De Vink, Voorschoten, Den Haag Mariahoeve, Den Haag Laan van NOI Den Haag Centraal 2x p/h

*- Station in bold font are also used as final destination.

By bus[edit]

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)

  • Regional Transport
From Route Destination Line
Almere Haven De Steiger, De Marken, Haven Centrum, De Gouwen, 't Oor, Gooisekant, Almere Poort, Gooimeer, Naarden Bussum 151
Bussum Naarden, Gooimeer, Almere Poort, Gooisekant, 't Oor, De Steiger Almere Haven 151
Almere Buiten Molenbuurt, Bouwmeesterbuurt, Waterwijk, Markerkant, Kruidenwijk, Muziekwijk, Literatuurwijk, Almere Poort, Muiden P+R, Diemerknoop, Vinkenbrug, Foppingadreef, Hoogoorddreef Amsterdam Holendrecht 153
Amsterdam Holendrecht Hoogoorddreef, Foppingadreef, Vinkenbrug, Diemerknoop, Muiden P+R, Almere Poort, Literatuurwijk, Muziekwijk, Kruidenwijk, Markerkant, Waterwijk, Bouwmeesterbuurt, Molenbuurt Almere Buiten 153
Almere Parkwijk Danswijk, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Passage, Stedenwijk, Gooisekant, Almere Poort, Muiden P+R, Diemerknoop, Vinkenbrug, Foppingadreef, Hoogoorddreef Amsterdam Holendrecht 155
Amsterdam Holendrecht Hoogoorddreef, Foppingadreef, Vinkenbrug, Diemerknoop, Muiden P+R, Almere Poort, Gooisekant, Stedenwijk, Passage, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, Danswijk Almere Parkwijk 155
Almere Centrum Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, 't Oor, Kasteel, De Kemphaan, Almere Hout, Blaricum, Sportpark Hilversum 156
Hilversum Sportpark, Blaricum, Almere Hout, De Kemphaan, Kasteel, 't Oor, Stedenwijk, Passage, Stadhuisplein Almere Centrum 156
Almere Centrum Stadhuisplein, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, De Kemphaan, Almere Hout, Zeewolde, Harderhaven Harderwijk 159
Harderwijk Harderhaven, Zeewolde, Almere Hout, De Kemphaan, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Stadhuisplein Almere Centrum 159
Almere Centrum Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, 't Oor, De Kemphaan, Almere Hout, De Eemhof, Zeewolde Amersfoort 160
Amersfoort Zeewolde, De Eemhof, Almere Hout, De Kemphaan, Kasteel, 't Oor, Stedenwijk, Passage, Stadhuisplein Almere Centrum 160
Almere Molenbuurt Centrum Buiten, Bloemenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Landgoederenbuurt, Tussen De Vaarten, Verzetswijk, Parkwijk, Danswijk, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Passage, Stedenwijk, Gooisekant, Muiden P+R, Amstelveen Busstation, KLM Hoofdkantoor, Hangar's 14, 9, 11 Schiphol Oost, Zuideinde 216
Schiphol Oost, Zuideinde Hangar's 11, 9, 14, KLM Hoofdkantoor, Amstelveen Busstation, Muiden P+R, Gooisekant, Stedenwijk, Passage, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, Danswijk, Parkwijk, Verzetswijk, Tussen De Vaarten, Langdoederenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Bloemenbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Almere Molenbuurt 216
Almere Parkwijk Danswijk, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Passage, Stedenwijk, Gooisekant, Almere Poort, Muiden P+R, Diemerknoop, Kruislaan Amsterdam Amstel 322
Amsterdam Amstel Kruislaan, Diemerknoop, Muiden P+R, Almere Poort, Gooisekant, Stedenwijk, Passage, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, Danswijk Almere Parkwijk 322
Almere Haven De Steiger, De Gouwen, Haven Centrum, De Marken, 't Oor, Muiden P+R, Diemerknoop, Kruislaan Amsterdam Amstel 327
Amsterdam Amstel Kruislaan, Diemerknoop, Muiden P+R, 't Oor, De Gouwen, Haven Centrum, De Steiger Almere Haven 327
Almere Haven De Steiger, De Gouwen, Haven Centrum, De Marken, 't Oor, Muiden P+R, Maxisweg, Diemerknoop, Vinkenbrug, Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena Amsterdam Holendrecht 328
Amsterdam Holendrecht Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena, Vinkenbrug, Diemerknoop, Muiden P+R, 't Oor, De Gouwen, Haven Centrum, De Steiger Almere Haven 328
Amsterdam Leidseplein Amsterdam Amstel, Brinkstraat, Diemerknoop, Muiden P+R, 't Oor, De Gouwen, Haven Centrum, De Steiger Almere Haven N27

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

  • City transport
From Route Destination Line
Haven Centrum De Hoven, De Wierden, De Gouwen, De Steiger, 't Oor, Stedenwijk, Passage, Stadhuisplein, Station Centrum, Staatsliedenwijk, Markerkant, Waterwijk, F.B.K. Sportpark, Bouwmeesterbuurt, Molenbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Regenboogbuurt, Eilandenbuurt Station Oostvaarders 1
Station Oostvaarders Eilandenbuurt, Regenboogbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Molenbuurt, Bouwmeesterbuurt, F.B.K. Sportpark, Waterwijk, Markerkant, Staatsliedenwijk, Station Centrum, Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, 't Oor, De Steiger, De Marken, De Grienden, De Meenten, De Werven Haven Centrum 1
Station Centrum Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, Spanningsveld, Gooisekant, Hoge Kant, Midden Kant, Europakwartier, Topsporthal Station Poort 2
Station Poort Topsporthal, Europakwartier, Midden Kant, Hoge Kant, Gooisekant, Spanningsveld, Stedenwijk, Passage, Stadhuisplein Station Centrum 2
Haven Centrum De Werven, De Meenten, De Grienden, De Marken, De Steiger, 't Oor, Stedenwijk, Passage, Stadhuisplein, Station Centrum, Staatsliedenwijk, Markerkant, Waterwijk, F.B.K. Sportpark, Bouwmeesterbuurt, Molenbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Regenboogbuurt, Eilandenbuurt Station Oostvaarders 3
Station Oostvaarders Eilandenbuurt, Regenboogbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Molenbuurt, Bouwmeesterbuurt, F.B.K. Sportpark, Waterwijk, Markerkant, Staatsliedenwijk, Station Centrum, Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, 't Oor, De Steiger, De Gouwen, De Wierden, De Hoven Haven Centrum 3
Station Centrum Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, Muziekwijk, Literatuurwijk, Gooisekant*, Hoge Kant, Midden Kant, Homeruskwartier, Columbuskwartier, Europakwartier Station Poort 4
Station Poort Europakwartier, Columbuskwartier, Homeruskwartier, Midden Kant, Hoge Kant, Gooisekant*, Literatuurwijk, Muziekwijk, Stedenwijk, Passage, Stadhuisplein Station Centrum 4
Station Centrum Stadhuisplein, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, Parkwijk, Verzetswijk, Tussen De Vaarten, Landgoederenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Bloemenbuurt, Station Buiten, Seizoenenbuurt, Oostvaardersbuurt. Sieradenbuurt Stripheldenbuurt 5
Stripheldenbuurt Sieradenbuurt, Oostvaardersbuurt, Seizoenenbuurt, Station Buiten, Bloemenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Landgoederenbuurt, Tussen De Vaarten, Verzetswijk, Parkwijk, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Stadhuisplein Station Centrum 5
Noorderplassen Beatrixpark, Kruidenwijk, Staatsliedenwijk, Station Centrum, Stadhuisplein, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, Danswijk Station Parkwijk 6
Station Parkwijk Danswijk, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Stadhuisplein, Station Centrum, Staatsliedenwijk, Kruidenwijk, Beatrixpark Noorderplassen 6
Muziekwijk Station Muziekwijk, Muziekwijk, Beatrixpark, Kruidenwijk, Staatsliedenwijk, Station Centrum, Stadhuisplein, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, Parkwijk, Verzetswijk, Tussen De Vaarten Sallandsekant 7
Sallandsekant Tussen De Vaarten, Verzetswijk, Parkwijk, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Stadhuisplein, Station Centrum, Staatsliedenwijk, Kruidenwijk, Beatrixpark, Muziekwijk, Station Muziekwijk Muziekwijk 7
Station Poort Topsporthal, Europakwartier, Midden Kant, Hoge Kant, Gooisekant, Spanningsveld, Stedenwijk, 't Oor, Kasteel, Veluwsekant, Filmwijk, Danswijk, Sallandsekant, Tussen De Vaarten, Landgoederenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Bloemenbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Molenbuurt, De Vaart P.I. Almere 10
P.I. Almere De Vaart, Molenbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Bloemenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Landgoederenbuurt, Tussen De Vaarten, Sallandsekant, Danswijk, Filmwijk, Veluwsekant, Kasteel 't Oor, Stedenwijk, Spanningsveld, Gooisekant, Hoge Kant, Midden Kant, Europakwartier, Topsporthal Station Poort 10
Station Centrum Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, Muziekwijk, Literatuurwijk, Hoge Kant, Midden Kant, Europakwartier, Topsporthal Station Poort 14
Station Poort Topsporthal, Europakwartier, Midden Kant, Hoge Kant, Literatuurwijk, Muziekwijk, Stedenwijk, Passage, Stadhuisplein Station Centrum 14
Sallandsekant Vinkweg, Melkfabriek Nobelhorst 17
Nobelhorst Melfabriek, Vinkweg Sallandsekant 17

*- Gooisekant is used as alternate start and finish in line 4.

  • Nightlines
From Route Destination Line
Station Centrum Staatsliedenwijk, Markerkant, Waterwijk, F.B.K. Sportpark, Bouwmeesterbuurt, Molenbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Seizoenenbuurt, Oostvaardersbuurt, Sieradenbuurt, Station Oostvaarders, Eilandenbuurt, Regenboogbuurt, Bloemenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Landgoederenbuurt, Tussen De Vaarten, Verzetswijk, Parkwijk, Danswijk, Sallandsekant, Danswijk, Filmwijk, Flevoziekenhuis, Stadhuisplein Station Centrum N11
Station Centrum Stadhuisplein, Flevoziekenhuis, Filmwijk, Danswijk, Sallandsekant, Danswijk, Parkwijk, Verzetswijk, Tussen De Vaarten, Landgoederenbuurt, Faunabuurt, Bloemenbuurt, Regenboogbuurt, Eilandenbuurt, Station Oostvaarders, Sieradenbuurt, Oostvaardersbuurt, Seizoenenbuurt, Centrum Buiten, Molenbuurt, Bouwmeesterbuurt, F.B.K Sportpark, Waterwijk, Markerkant, Staatsliedenwijk Station Centrum N12
Station Centrum Stadhuisplein, Passage, Stedenwijk, 't Oor, De Steiger, De Marken, De Grienden, De Meenten, De Werven, Haven Centrum, De Hoven, De Wierden, De Gouwen, De Steiger, 't Oor, Spanningsveld, Gooisekant, Literatuurwijk, Muziekwijk, Noorderplassen, Beatrixpark, Kruidenwijk, Staatsliedenwijk Station Centrum N13

See[edit]

Modern architecture[edit]

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:

  • CASLa. Centre 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 Almere. The 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 compliments them with a striking building with functions beyond that of a traditional library and more of a true community centre. It also houses the local VVV. 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 (Shouwburg Almere)

Art and culture[edit]

  • Utopolis - the local outlet of the multiplex cinema chain
Almere has its share of sights to behold

Do[edit]

  • Tour Almere the traditional way. The 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 [1]. Or you can simply grab a map and explore yourself.

Buy[edit]

In the City Centre - [1]  of Almere are branches of all major retailers. Besides, there are also many local and special shops. In Almere Haven you will find Haven Centrum, this is a community center. In Almere Buiten you will find BuitenMere, a community center and DoeMere- [1] a large shopping center that is completely specialised in home and DIY. In Almere Poort are two supermarkets, a pharmacy, a drugstore and a number of small eateries. Besides these, there are many local shops, for instance at the C. van Eesterenplein, Literatuurwijk , Muziekwijk, Parkwijk and De Meenten

Eat[edit]

  • Brasserie Bakboord - [1]
  • Kemphaan Restaurant - [2]
  • Restaurant Boathouse - [3]
  • Restaurant Bij Brons - [4]
  • Bistro Rood - [5]
  • Restaurant Het Indisch Veerhuys - [6]
  • Restaurant Treasure - [7]
  • Tapas Bar-ca - [8]
  • Almere Fried Chicken - [9]
  • King Of The Ribs - [10]
  • Brasserie Julia - [11]
  • 1 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Forum 20, 1315 TH Almere +31 36 530 2349.
  • McDonalds - [12]
  • Febo - [13]
  • Sasa Lounge - [14]
  • Bistro Rood - [15]
  • IJspressi - [16]
  • Mariola - [17]
  • Mockamore - [18]
  • Bakker Bart - [19]
  • Family - [20]
  • Kwalitaria - [21] [22] [23] [24]
  • Sake - [25]
  • Sapporo - [26]
  • Atlantis (Currently in Haven, mid 2017 in Poort) - [27]
  • Onderweg Restaurant
  • Het Gouden Huis
  • Restaurant iDA
  • I Love Sushi
  • Pulcinella
  • Boathouse
  • BijBrons
  • Bobbie Beer
  • De Herberg
  • Treasure
  • De Almare

Going out[edit]

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.

At Almere City Centre you'll find

  • 1 Club CellSchrijverstraat 2, 1315 HX Almere +31 6 15270303.
  • Club Avenue
  • Grand Cafe De Baron
  • Club 26Twelve
  • 2Venue Danceclub
  • Café Eerste Rang
  • Café Cheers
  • Café Anno
  • Café Men at Work
  • Eetcafé Den Enghel
  • Get Down Café
  • Poolcafé Nr. 8
  • Shishaloung Saint Tropez
  • Poppodium De Meester
  • Bioscoop Utopolis Almere

In Almere Haven you'll find

  • Café 't Lievertje
  • Café De Sting
  • Café Plein 19
  • Treasure
  • Brasserie Julia

Sleep[edit]

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

  • Apollo Hotel Almere City Centre. Right in the very centre of Almere, next to the impressive waterfront, and featuring unusual architecture itself. around €100.
  • ANNO. This hotel is also in the city centre, but in an inassuming location over a bar €80.
  • Hotel Finn. Close to the other two hotels in central Almere €60-75.
  • Van der Valk Almere. This plush hotel, featuring a swimming pool, is in a business / industrial district quite a bit away from the centre. €75-100.
  • Bastion Deluxe Hotel Almere. Like 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 €56-67.
  • CSMART Hotel. Located in the dunes at Almere Beach. Price unknown

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

Go next[edit]

  • 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
Routes through Almere
GroningenLelystad  N NL-A6.png S  MuidenAmsterdam
END  N NL-A27.png S  BlaricumBreda


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