Established in the year 1976, Almere is one of the newest cities in Europe. As a matter of fact, it is Netherlands’ youngest city. Over a short duration of time though, Almere has come to a point of outgrowing many cities that are much older than it, and as of 2013, it had a population of almost 200,000 people, and a geographical coverage of just over 248 square kilometers.
Almere stands as undeniable testimony of what proper planning in a modern city can do: which is to be expected, given the fact that this city has not grown organically or spontaneously, but rather, in accordance with deliberately laid out and very carefully considered city plans. As with most other ‘planned cities,’ Almere is really orderly, things seem to fall in place naturally, and its amenities seem to be adequate. Almere is quite close to Amsterdam, and it indeed seems to have been designed as a ‘dormitory town’ for the city of Amsterdam.
Getting around Almere
To get around Almere, you can use the bus or the train. You can also cycle or simply walk.
The good thing with using the bus to get around Almere is that this is one of those cities where special lanes have actually been set aside to be used by buses. So the buses move freely. Pretty much every part of Almere is served by a bus line: this being a city that enjoys the service of some 10 bus lines. More buses come into circulation during the rush hours, and the whole public transportation system in Almere is really in a class of its own with respect to efficiency.
Bicycles too move freely in Almere, and cycling around here is a real joy: thanks to the fact that Almere, like most Netherlands cities has separate, well designed and well looked after bicycle paths. Again, as is the case with most other Netherlands cities, hiring a bike in Almere is not hard.
You can also walk around Almere. You can still have a taxi move you around Almere – though in this case, you should be ready to part with quite a considerable amount of fare.
Things to see and do in Almere
Almere is a young, modern city. So it doesn’t have much in terms of what we could call historical relics to display to its visitors. It does, however, have much in terms of what we could call ‘modern’ tourist attractions. You definitely won’t be bored while in Almere – and you may even be amazed by the fact that people often leave Amsterdam, to check out Almere’s attractions.
Probably awake to the fact that it will one day be regarded as a historical city (say hundreds of years to come), Almere has embarked on the task of building a castle. Don’t we, after all, have a situation where every city worth of the name needs to have a castle? Well, Almere has its own, by the name ‘Almere Castle’ but it is still under construction. While in Almere, you may want to drop over the site, to see just what goes into the making of a castle.
It will really be a great idea for you, as a visitor to Almere, to go sailing on the Zuider Zee. It is an amazing experience, and as you sail on the canal, you get to see things at angles you wouldn’t possibly get when exploring Almere on the land.
Almere’s general architecture is also quite a marvel. You will love things like the appearance and mix of both the residential and commercial buildings.
You can also get a chance to watch a movie in one of Almere’s ultra-modern movie theaters.
While in Almere, you can also go shopping at, among other places, the CityMall Almere, Domere or at Intratuin Almere.