Almere is a city in Flevoland, a western province of the Netherlands. Almere is a new town, it has a new city centre. Beacause it's so new: if you're looking for old buidings, just go elsewhere: the oldest building is only from 1976!Flevoland is a man-made island in the IJ (formerly the Zuiderzee).Almere has 191.239 inhabitants as of April 1, 2011 and makes it the 7th largest city of the Netherlands.
- By train - from Schiphol, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, Lelystad and Zwolle are direct connections. Actual time tables can be found on www.ns.nl
- By car - take the A6, or if you're coming from Utrecht, the A27 is the best option.
Almere has six train stations. Almere Poort, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Centrum, Almere Parwijk, 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.
- CASLa  Centre for architecture, city construction and landscape of Almere, with exhibitions and various events.
- Museum De Paviljoens  A museum for contemporary art.
- Brasserie Bakboord, ☎ +31 (0)36 540-4040, . On the water in Almere Haven, is an excellent place to eat, and has a relaxed atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, and the food is a joy! Tip: choose the 3- or 4-course menu with wine suggestions (as long as you're not driving home, that is!!) edit
- Kemphaan Restaurant, (It's just outside town, so you'll need a car to get there), ☎ +31 (0)36 532-3844, . For something special try the Kemphaan Restaurant, the ingredients are almost all home-grown. There's no fixed menu, they just create a menu with whatever is fresh on the day. High quality food and what you eat will be a surprise! The 5-course menu is very filling, so if you're not a big eater, remember to ask for a 3-course menu when you book. Excellent for vegetarians. 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.
- Hotel Anno is in the centre, on the Grote Markt.
- The Bastion Hotel is on the outskirts of the town, just off the A6.
- 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