The 10 Best Things to Do in Lelystad, The Netherlands

October 11, 2017 Mollie Coke

Lelystad (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈleːlistɑt] ( listen)) is a municipality and a city in the centre of the Netherlands, and it is the capital of the province of Flevoland. The city, built on reclaimed land, was founded in 1967 and was named after Cornelis Lely, who engineered the Afsluitdijk, making the reclamation possible. Lelystad is approximately 3 metres (9.8 feet) below sea level.
Restaurants in Lelystad

1. Bataviawerf

Oostvaardersdijk 01-09, 8242 PA Lelystad, The Netherlands +31 320 261 409
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4.5 based on 247 reviews

Bataviawerf

Reconstruction of a 17th century trading ship called Batavia, which sank in 1628 on its first voyage. At the Bataviawerf the ship is reconstructed in authentic ways. On the shipyard there are several handcrafts still active and can be visited. A visit to the Bataviawerf is a nice daytrip for the whole family.

Reviewed By WorldTravelOne - Breukelen Ut

This place is a hit or miss. Not for everyone. There is actual restoration work being done mainly by volunteers. Explanations and also 'kid stuff'.

2. National Aviation Museum (Aviodrome)

Pelikaanweg 50, 8218 PG Lelystad, The Netherlands +31 320 289 842
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4.5 based on 377 reviews

National Aviation Museum (Aviodrome)

Reviewed By WorldTravelOne - Breukelen Ut

This museum is fun for kids and adults as well. It could be a bit more organized (in how to go about and in signing) to deserve the 'great' rating. We loved the art with very vivid airplane scenes though!

3. Natuurpark Lelystad

Vlotgrasweg 11, 8219 PP Lelystad, The Netherlands +31 320 286 130
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Natuurpark Lelystad

Reviewed By Rudolf B

I actually planned a cycle route through this "green" next to Lelystad.
Well, such a surprise, It turned out to be a nature park, quite big for Dutch standards, with a fair range of animals.
We tried to spot the wisents (European Bison), but unfortunately we couldn't find them, they must have been hiding with their young.
We did see the group of Przewalski's horses, elands, red deers, lots of storks & nests, and of course the otters.
We stayed until otter feeding time at 15:00. Lovely creatures.
I wouldn't say it's a relax park where you take have a picknick and let the children play, as it is primarily a nature park. As far as we could see, there's no water where it's allowed to swim.

4. Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet

Bataviaplein 60, 8242 PN Lelystad, The Netherlands +31 320 292 900
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4 based on 422 reviews

Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet

This charming, reconstructed seventeenth-century village is a shopping Valhalla for fashion lovers. More than 250 international fashion & lifestyle brands like Hugo Boss, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger are waiting to inspire you with the latest trends, must-have items and more. Not only your wardrobe gaps will be filled after a day at Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet; you can also indulge yourself with jewellery, chocolate and even innovative cookware. Tired of shopping? Relax and soak in the cosy ‘Batavia vibe’ at one of the hip cafes or pleasant restaurants. At Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet, 150 stores offer you sophisticated fashion with savings from 30% up to a massive 70%. And with our Special Services like free WiFi or Hotel Arrangements, we hope to make your shopping experience even more enjoyable. Visit us from Amsterdam Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet is close to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s top short-break destinations. Visiting us from Amsterdam is easy; our daily Shopping Shuttle is a direct, fast and reasonably priced way of travelling to us. This daily Shopping Shuttle departs from our Pick-Up Point in front of the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel in the centre of Amsterdam and will take you directly to our beautiful centre. In the afternoon, the comfortable Shopping Shuttle will bring you back to the city centre of Amsterdam.

Reviewed By Frank v

Well maintained shopping centre with shops from big brands with high discounts. Enough parking places for 3 euro a day. A few places with toilets for free. If you need a snack or drink, there are also some restaurants. Unfortunately about 10% of the stores were not in use.

5. Exposure

strekdam bij de Houtribsluizen aan de N302, Lelystad, The Netherlands
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4 based on 26 reviews

Exposure

Reviewed By PipingAngel - Liege, Belgium

The scale of the sculpture did surprise me, a giant man squatting in the middle of the sea, or so it seams. This is of course not the sea but a lake since the afsluitdijk was built, still the feeling of a very quiet sea brings a great sense of peace - only disturbed by the traffic noise on the road crossing over to Enkhuizen. Good place to relax after the Batavia Stad.

6. Belevenissenbos

Veldweg 98, 8231 SB Lelystad, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Belevenissenbos

Reviewed By Pepijn M

A great location for the family to visit. We have been here several times with our kids and friends. Climbing through the woods and Water Park with sometimes ending up with wet clothes. So make sure you have a dry set of pants with you ;).

7. Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum

Oostvaardersdijk 113 | 8242 PA, 8242 Lelystad, The Netherlands +31 320 225 900
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3.5 based on 39 reviews

Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum

Nieuw Land presents the rich history of the area we now call Flevoland. Visitors to the museum can get a glimpse at the world of the prehistoric Swifterbant people, a group of hunters, fishermen and gatherers who lived here six thousand years ago.The IJssel Lake (IJsselmeer) was formerly the Zuiderzee and served as an indispensable link in a variety of transport networks, where many a ship went down with all hands in the stormy billows. An archaeological treasure trove was unearthed when the Zuiderzee was reclaimed, making Flevoland the largest ship cemetery on dry land anywhere in the world.Of course, the museum's central theme is the largest reclamation project ever: the Zuiderzee Project. The project originated on the drawing board of Cornelis Lely and was carried out by the polder workers. How do you go about developing newly reclaimed land and what will the future hold for this area?There's also plenty for children to do at Nieuw Land: a special children's presentation allows them to step into the shoes of a dyke builder, archaeologist or lockkeeper. Fun experiments and games teach them all about one of the key challenges facing the Netherlands throughout its history: water management.Texts of the permanent Exhibitions are available in English, French and German.Nieuw Land also holds the archives of the province of Flevoland. The tens of thousands of photographs, documents, maps, drawings and archaeological finds stored here lay the foundation of everything we know about the Zuiderzee Project. The collection in storage presents the long history of Flevoland: starting with prehistoric times and moving through the turbulent waves of the Zuiderzee to the new land that was created with the unique Zuiderzee Project.Study centreNieuw Land is also a research centre. Admission is free for visitors of the study centre, which offers a specialised library in which to study the various archives and collections. Nieuw Land also conducts its own research, collaborating with various Dutch universities. The results are published and frequently provide material for Exhibitions and educational programmes.

Reviewed By memberHolland - Holland

This museum in Lelystad is rather hard to find. It is next to the Batavia Stad Outlet shops and the Batavia museum. The museum is dedicated to the reclamation of land from the sea. Lelystad is in the province Flevoland. Flevoland was reclaimed from the sea.
At this moment there is an exhibit about the film " de nieuwe wildernis" (new wilderness) that was made in the surroundings of Lelystad.
Although the museum is a bit boring, there is one outstanding element: the water playground in which children can learn about Bridges, water louses, waves and tides. You can visit for free if you've got a museumkaart.

8. Houtribdijk

Trintelhaven 1, 8242 PZ Lelystad, The Netherlands
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4 based on 10 reviews

Houtribdijk

Reviewed By PD3S

Dit is het aternatief voor de A6 als je van Almere naar Lelystad wilt of omgekeerd. Het is de dijk die in de 50-er jaren van de vorige eeuw werd aangeelegd om Flevoland in te polderen. Kaarsrecht en aaan beide zijden een prachtig uitzicht over (nieuw) land en aan de andere kant het water van het Markermeer.

9. Vispark Toms Creek

Uilenweg 2c, 8245 AB Lelystad, The Netherlands +31 6 57391850
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5 based on 2 reviews

Vispark Toms Creek

Reviewed By Linda C - Shanghai, China

We parked our car near this centre, and the gentleman at the desk was very helpful in pointing us in the right direction for our bike ride around the nature area. He took into account the wind direction and gave me a map. If we had had more time we could have stayed and had afternoon tea, or gone on a walk to see the wildlife. As it was we took to our bicycles and cycled the 35 km around the nature reserve. The last few kilometres were on the road, but the rest was very pleasant. and definitely not too strenuous

10. Vliegend Museum Stichting Vroege Vogels

Emoeweg 20, 8218 PC Lelystad, The Netherlands +31 320 284 191
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Vliegend Museum Stichting Vroege Vogels

Reviewed By Frank51859 - Vaasse

Het is een waardevolle en historische collectie vliegtuigen, motoren en vliegtuigonderdelen en instrumenten. Je krijgt een rondleiding en kunt de vliegtuigen van dichtbij bekijken. Het is zeker de moeite waard voor mensen die van oude vliegtuigen houden en die belangstelling hebben voor luchtvaarthistorie. De man die het allemaal heeft opgezet Jaap van Mesdag is helaas overleden maar veel vrijwilligers houden het museum in stand.

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