Almere is one of the youngest cities in the Netherlands: the first house was finished in 1976, and Almere became a municipality in 1984. It is the largest municipality in Flevoland with 195.019 citizens (1 November 2012), and the 8th largest in the Netherlands.
Bars, Restaurants & Nightlife
An evening out in Almere means you’ll be spoiled for choice. The various districts offer something for everyone, whether it be theatre, dinner, dancing, or cinema. The most fashionable locations in Almere Stad are Grote Markt (picture) and Deventerpad, offering restaurants, clubs and bars. The harbour docks in Almere Haven will entice you to linger over a glass of wine in a delightful ambience. There are many excellent dining locations to choose from throughout Almere. Utopolis is the only cinema with digital projection technology.
Shopping in Almere
Almere has various shopping centres to choose from. The new city center the largest shopping district in Almere, is the ideal place to spend the day browsing for fashion, home accessories and much more. There are smaller shopping centres in Almere Haven and Almere Buiten, each with supermarkets and a variety of smaller shops.
Sports and beauty
Almere offers a multitude of sporting activities. There are three indoor swimming pools located in Stad, Haven and Buiten. There are seven sports centres, four sport halls, seven tennis and sport parks, four marinas, three riding stables and a golf course. Almere has gained national repute both at recreational and professional level thanks to such events as the Holland Triathlon.
In Almere you live near the nature
The Oosvaardersplassen is a nature reserve in the Netherlands. Despite its young age (it is in a polder which was only created in 1968) it already has international importance as a European wetland.
Photo's taken by Taina Henriksson
Amsterdam is the colorful capital of the Netherlands. A cosmopolitan city which doesn't bore easily. The historic canals, picturesque (and often ancient) buildings, the many museums, shopping streets and alleys, markets galore, the amazing nightlife : Amsterdam is simply fascinating! It's this character of the city which makes it so unique and which is best felt during a walking tour or a boat trip along the canals. Most of the places of interest are within walking distance. Attractions include the historic canals, the flower market, the old merchant houses, the National Museum with Rembrandt masterpieces, the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and Madame Tussaud's waxworks. The Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein squares are the perfect places to relax at one of the many pavement café's.
The Amsterdam ArenA, home of AFC Ajax, is one of the largest multi-functional stadiums in Europe and is located in Amsterdam Southeast. It is the heart of a new district with a cinema multiplex, the Heineken Music Hall, the megastores, café's and restaurants. The Amsterdam ArenA is known for its remarkable and revolutionary technology with its sliding roof. This makes the ArenA not just a great football stadium, but also a perfect location for super large events and concerts. The Amsterdam ArenA has hosted many top artists and bands like David Bowie, Robbie Williams and the Rolling Stones. You can visit the Amsterdam ArenA and enjoy a tour full of impressions, things-worth-knowing and of course unforgettable highlights from AFC Ajax.
Amsterdam tourist attractions and sights
Amsterdam has a broad spectrum of recreational and cultural sights that range from fascinating old buildings, like the Oude Kerk, to oddities such as the Hash Marihuana Museum.
Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, but there is much, much more. Amsterdam has over fifty museums which attract many millions of visitors every year. Read more about the museums in Amsterdam. The following sites and monuments should also be of interest and are an essential part of the Amsterdam experience.
This old church with little houses clinging to its sides, remains a calm heaven at the heart of the freneric Red Light District. Its buildings, especially the Gothic-renaissance style octagonal bell tower, was used by sailors to get their bearings.
The Dam is the very centre and heart of Amsterdam, although there are arguably prettier sights in the city. As an historical site however, it is fascinating and worth taking the time to appreciate. The Dam has seen many historical dramas unfold over the years, and was for example, the reception area for Napoleon and his troops during the 1808 take-over of the city. The impressive history of the square is well documented in the Amsterdam Historical Museum. The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) which dominates the square, was originally used as the town hall and its classical facade and fine sculptures were intended to glorify the city of Amsterdam and its government. In contrast to its turbulent history, the square is now a peaceful place and is home to hundreds of pigeons and tourists resting their tired feet.
A narrow, vaulted passageway leads to this charming garden surrounded by old houses. The houses in the courtyard were once occupied by devout celibate Béguine nuns and are still home to single women today. In the centre of the lawns is a medieval church and at No.34 stands the oldest house in Amsterdam. The entrance is on the Spui and is indicated by a carved sign. Entry is free, but you must be quiet!
The number of canals have led Amsterdam to become known as “The Venice of the North”. And thus, a trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a boat cruise. A canal tour can be both fascinating and relaxing by day and enchanting and romantic at night when many of the houses and bridges are illuminated. The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel. There are also numerous smaller canals in the neighbourhood of Jordaan, of which the Brouwersgracht, the Bloemgracht and the Leliegracht are especially pleasant.
Of Amsterdam's 1280 or so bridges, the Magere Brug, or “ Skinny Bridge” is the most famous. It is a traditional double-leaf, Dutch draw-bridge connecting the banks of the river Amstel. Approximately every twenty minutes, the bridge opens to let boats through. The original bridge was built in 1670, but as the traffic on Amstel increased, a wider bridge was built to replace the narrow one.
Once a working class area, Amsterdam’s Jordaan has become greatly sought after. The converted warehouses are especially popular, and the Jordaan is now inhabited by a colorful mixture of students, well-to-do businessmen and creative professionals. The Jordaan oozes atmosphere with its narrow streets, picturesque canals, brown cafes, art galleries and unique shops. You can easily lose yourself in a pleasant stroll in through the enchanting streets that connect the 3 main canals.
Rembrandtplein is lined with pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels and is thus a tourist magnet. A popular centre for nightlife, it also includes traditional Dutch pubs which play real Dutch music. In summer, the terraces are packed with people enjoying a drink and watching the world go by. In the centre of the square is a small but pleasant park where you can relax or pay homage at the statue of Rembrandt. Around the area you’ll also find quality night clubs, gay venues, respectable diamond dealers and the inevitable tacky souvenir shops.
The Leidseplein or Leidse-square is one of Amsterdam's most popular centres for nightlife. With many restaurants, clubs, coffeeshops, cinemas and theatres in the area, the Leidseplein is vibrant and colourful. On warm summer evenings, tourists and locals alike take advantage of the pubs’ outdoor seating for a long, lazy drinks with friends. Street musicians, jugglers, fire-eaters and other performers liven up the square, often till the early hours.
Red Light District
Beer and party atmosphere, sex for sale, and limitless people-watching. The stores are full of hardcore videos, magazines and sex toys. The Red Light District is somewhat of a sexual amusement park and often not taken too seriously by the hordes of tourist who frequent it. The famous red window lights are striking against the quaint, old canal houses and even the fairy lights that line the bridges at night are coloured red. Although it is generally considered to be a very safe area, care should still be taken when walking through the quieter streets of the area. There is a strict “no photography” policy.
Albert Cuyp market
The Albert Cuypmarkt is arguably the best-known and busiest outdoor market in Europe. It attracts thousands of visitors every day, and is especially popular on Saturdays. There are over 300 stalls and goods range from fresh produce, to clothes, to odds and ends, with prices among the cheapest in Amsterdam. The market is located in the Pijp district, surrounded by many pleasant cafes and small shops. There is another number of regular street markets in Amsterdam.
Right in the center of Amsterdam, you can also find the oldest Zoo of Holland. It consists of four main areas: Zoo, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens and Geological and Zoological museum. In the zoo itself you will find animals from all over the world. In addition, a unique canal aquarium shows you which animals roam the canals of Amsterdam. The planetarium offers children a trip trough the universe. In the peaceful gardens, you can find many old trees and statues of contemporary artists and aswell as an impressive, tropical rainforest greenhouse. The Geological museum shows you how the planet has evolved over the past 4 billion years.
The Vondelpark is located in the south of Amsterdam, just five minutes walk from the Leidseplein and in walking distance from the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. With 10 million visitors a year, the Vondelpark is the most famous park in the Netherlands.
Hortus Botanicus - the Botanical Garden
Amsterdam has a big and attractive botanical garden called Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest in the world (est. 1632). It has more than 6000 plants and some of the plants are really unique as 2000 years old agave cactus. In the recently renovated Orangery of Hortus Botanicus, a beautiful café with a large outside terrace open to the garden welcomes the visitors. Located in a short walking distance from the Rembrandts House, very close to Artis – Amsterdam ZOO, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Resistance Museum, Hortus Botanicus remains a pleasurable oasis of peace in the busy and crowded Amsterdam centre.
Amsterdam has a number of beautiful, quiet parks where you can relax during the busy day in town. The largest of them - Vondelpark is located in the very centre of the city. Other parks as Beatrixpark, Frankendael, Sarphatipark, Amstelpark, Westerpark are quiet, well-maintained community parks. An artificial forest just South of Amsterdam – Amsterdamse Bos is today a big nature reserve, with many attractions.
Squares in Amsterdam
The city squares symbolize the whole areas of the city with their activity and the character. Big and open Dam square with the Palace of the Queen and the best department store has a central role in town; Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are entertainment and tourism centers while the Museumplein name speaks for itself. Nieuwmarkt, Westermarkt and Noordermarkt are old markets, which found today a new function, each of them different. Even a small square called het Spui has its own special character, making it a real fun to visit.
A trip to Holland just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a windmill. Believe it or not, there are 8 stunning windmills in at the heart of the city just waiting to admired. Don’t forget to take your camera.
Tourist attractions and exhibits in Amsterdam
Millions of people visit each year Amsterdam (11,3 million in 2011) and according to the research, 85% of them visit museums. Several Dutch commercial brands like beer producers Heineken, liquor makers Bols, producers of traditional Dutch cheese Reypenaer and famous Amsterdam football club AFC Ajax have open special museum exhibits, combined with attractions. The idea is to promote their brands by educating visitors about the company tradition, at the same time to bring fun, and a bit of humor to your visit.
Attractions for young and old! Walibi World takes you to a world full of suspense, fun and companionship! No matter how young or how old you are, the more than 40 exiting attractions will guarantee an unforgettable experience. The park is situated in Bidinghuizen 30 miles from Almere. Tickets can be ordered through Euro-Sportring. Please for more information ask you Euro-Sportring contact person.