An enthusiastic group of volunteers (often archeological students) have built a prehistoric village here. They do tours and tell you all about how they organise camps for school children who have a full week of living like prehistoric man. They all sleep in a house like this and I don't want to imagine the smells because there are no showers. They go swimming. Yeah :-)
Nature reserve Zand A72
A72 refers to the motorway that connects Lelystad with other cities.
The new polderland has become an important nature reserve for flora and fauna, particularly birds.
There are several excursions during summer on Saturdays and Sundays.
Lelystad’s city center is nothing like the town centers you know from other provinces. Its 1980s and 1990s architecture with some ugly, but also some interesting buildings. Like in Almere, life is only slowly entering into the new structures. The town hall is surely the most notable structure, but some smaller ones are interesting too. Like in many cocepts of new dutch town planning, a mix of living and commercial zones is intended, so there are a lot of appartment buildings in the city center. Have a look and walk through the streets of central Lelystad. That was the vision of future in 1980.
Plane Fun In The Netherlands
Ya, Ya, Ya....as my dutch friends say. Misspelled this place again. I'll come back and fix it later ok.
My buddy Gerrit took me out here since the aviation museum next to Schiphol was closed and moved over here. Spent a few hours watching planes and eating a quick snack. At the time I was here the 747-200 SUD (stretched Upper Deck)was not here yet. What we did see was two Americans flying there Twin Commanche over from the US for a tour of Europe. Since you probably don't know what kind of plane this is..think of a Volkswagen stationwagon with a wing and two engines..not much space....
Lelystad - Home of the "Uiver"
Since I visited the Netherlands for the first time on my own in 2004, I have spent some time in Lelystad’s Aviodrome every year. But it wasn’t until 2007 when I started to pay a visit to other parts of the town too. Most notably is the area at Lelystad Haven which includes the open-air shopping center Bataviastad, the historic shipyard Bataviawerf and the museum Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum. But although all these attractions are worth a visit, my own favourite remains the Aviodrome. It is the home of the Uiver, one of the two last flying DC-2s and symbol for one of the most glorious moments in the Netherlands of the early 20th century.
"Facts and Figures"
Lelystad is an artificial city, built from the early 1980s on. It was supposed to be center of the Nieuw Land, the land won by draining the Zuiderzee and creating so-called polders. But as the last polder, the Markerwaard polder was not realized, the city’s position became quite remote. So, it did only grow veryl slowly while Almere, a city located close to Amsterdam, grew to a size which is almost three times that of today’s Lelystad. Lelystad was named after the initiator of Zuiderzee works projects, the engineer Cornelis Lely. It has around 70 000 inhabitants.
In the early summer of 1996, it was mandatory for the twelth grade of our school to do a so-called study-trip. The trip should have been related to one of the two main subjects everybody had. As my main subjects were french and chemistry and no trip to France was offered, I had free choice! I went with the biology guys and girls on a sailing trip over the Ijsselmeer. Of course, it wasn’t only sun and fun, we also had to give a presentation about a different theme. I was given the theme “Zuiderzeewerke” – land reclamation in the Ijsselmeer, together with a friend. 11 years later, I came back to the place to check out what was done on this new land I was once talking about.