The Aviodrome is the National Aeronautics themepark in the vicinity of Lelystad.
At the end of 2011 the park had financial problems but those are overcome.
Entrance fee: Euro 15.75 (adult)
Opening hours: Tu-Su: 10AM - 5PM
Parking fee: Euro 5.00 per day
Optional Air trip: from Euro 49.00
Cornelis Lely, the father of Flevoland, is shown on many monuments. Lelystad’s central monument to him is the Zuil van Lely, a 32 meter high pillar. A bronze sculpture of Lely, a replica of the one located at the western end of the Afsluitdijk, is on top of the pillar. For information about Cornelis Lely, please read my To see the Lely sculpture, use the link below. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to clibmb that high and take a decent picture of it…
From 2005 the Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum is open to the public. It's a combination of museum and study center. The museum mainly shows the history of the Flevoland polder.
Opening hours museum:
Mo-Fr: 10AM - 5PM
Sa-Su: 11.30AM - 5PM
Admission: Euro 7.50 (adult)
Opening hours study center:
Tu-Fr: Noon - 5PM.
Admission: free entrance
This monument in front of the museum Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum is dedicated to Cornelis Lely. This famous dutch engineer is the initiator of the Zuiderzeewerken project which had the purpose of closing the Zuiderzee and make the ever-changin landline controllable. Afterwards, land was won within the Zuiderzee (now called Ijsselmeer) by draining water and creating so-called polders. Lely started with his plans in the late 19th century, but it was not until the large flood of 1916 when the proposals made by Lely started to become reality. In the meantime, Lely held various political offices, such as governor of Suriname and several times (1902 and 1905) secretary of water systems and transport. Lely, who was born in 1854, was already 70 years old when the first part of the project was completed: The Amsteldiepdijk closing the gap between the island of Wieringen and Noordholland. Lely died in the very cold winter of 1928/1929 on January 22nd aged 74. Three years later, on May 23rd 1932, the most important part of the project was completed: The Afsluitdijk which separated the former Zuiderzee from the Northern Sea. In 1980, the city of Lelystad was founded on one of the new polders and on January 1st 1986 Flevoland, a province (almost) completely consisting of new land, became the 12th province of the Netherlands.
This statue was once place on the Zuil van Lely monument in the city center. But as the artist, Piet Esser, was unhappy with his work. The statue was removed and found a place here. It was replaced by a replica of the famous Lely statue which stands on the Afsluitdijk.
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.
This shipyard is the base of a project, where you, unemployed people learn traditinal handicraft jobs to rebuild historic ships. The first one was completed in 1985 and is called the “Batavia”. It’s the replica of a ship which was built in 1628, but sank during its first trip to East India (today’s Indonesia) off the western australian coast. While the Bataviawerf has focused on maintaining and overhauling the Batavia for a long time, it began to rebuilt a second ship a couple of years ago. It is a replica of Michiel de Ruyter’s famous men-o-war “De Zeven Provinciën”. Both ships are made and maintained with traditional methods as they were used in the “Gouden Eeuw”, the 17th century.
Visitors can have a look at the small exhibitions about de Ruyter or the VOC as well as into the different workshops-, but the main attractions are surely the ships. You can get onto the Batavia and explore all the different rooms. Free tours are offered from time to time. “De Zeven Provinciën” is still under construction, so you can only have a look at the work progress.
This open-air shopping mall with the shape of an old fortress has become one of Lelystads main attarctions in the past years. Most shops you’ll find here are middle-class segement, so not the cheapest, but also not the most expensive. Most are outlet stores of larger brands, some other are quite interesting unique ones. As in all shopping malls, clothing and accesoires are dominating, but also food, furniture, CDs and paper utensils are sold. The one or other small restaurant gives you a place for a small break.
The Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum is dedicated to the history of the Nieuw Land, the land won from the 1930s on in the Zuiderzee. You may ask yourself what kind of history that might be. Well, the coastline of the Netherlands has dramatically changed during the century. In some places, the sea gve way to new, fertile land. At other places, the nature claimed its toll after floods and storms. Some former islands of the Zuiderzee, most notably Urk and Schokland, are enclosed in the new land are so are not islands anymore. While, of course, the museum focuses on the Zuiderzee projects, items shown in the museum go back as far as the stone age. The sections about the Zuiderzee projects is very good while other sections are perhaps not as interesting. Although a lot is done to show that Flevoland is not completely new, history is not really rich here. An Audioguide in English and a couple of other languages is available. Information given on that is good, however the audioguide is one of that annoying things that turn on automatically when passing to close to a sensor. So, you can’t really decide when or if you would like to have the information.
The museum is also used as a study center for local history.
The Aviodrome in Lelystad is an interactive museum for civil aviation. It houses a large collection of old aircraft inclduing some which are still in airworthy condition. The aircraft are stored in two buildings, some of them are also outside. The museum focuses on the history of dutch aviation, but the variety of aircraft goes far beyond. The museum's highlight is one of the world's two last flying DC-2s. This one was repainted into the same colour scheme of the aircraft which succeeded in winning the second place in the 1934 MacRobertson Race. Other flying aircraft include a Lockheed Constellation, a Fokker F-27 and several smaller aircraft. Several guest aircraft are often at Lelystad, inclduing Lufthansa's JU-52 and several DC-3s from all over Europe. Non-flying aircraft include a DC-4, a 747-200(SUD) and several pre-WWII Fokker aircraft. If you have visited the IWM in Duxford, you can expect a similar museum right here. Aviodrome's collection is a little smaller, but Aviodrome has more airworthy aircraft. It also focuses more on aviation (more civil than military), while land warfare is almost non-existant (a plus point for me ...).
Information is mainly given in Dutch, whith some boards giving english information too. Many volunteers can be found on the museum grounds, helping you out with information about the aircraft. You'll find the volunteers mainly in the big aircraft like the Constellation, DC-4 and 747. Although most dutch people are fluent in english, ask the younger guys and girls, if you do not speak any dutch at all. On the other hand, most of the older guys have worked in the aviation industry and are endless sources of anecdotes and facts.
For further details on some of the aircraft, please check out my travellogue
This is the attraction park where young and old will have a wonderful day. A world on her own. In the attraction park you will find nine themes-areas, among France, Mexico, Mainstreet, The Wild Wild West, Bugs Bunny World and Sherwood Forest. You will be surprised by how many attractions the park has. The most unique one is The Goliath, The Goliath is de highest, longest, fastest and steepest rollercoaster of the whole Benelux and you can see The Goliath from miles distance. Beside the various attractions there also are live-shows. Every season special shows which you will enjoy watching.
If you love modern architecture Lelystad is for you. All buildings are recent and the City Hall is a special one.
The design is by Jan Hoogstad and in 1984 the building was completed.
The design has won the Grande Prix architecture price.
The Batavia Werf is the rebirth of an old Dutch Shipyard at a location where those old wooden castles of the sea used to sail.
The name of the shipyard originates from the former VOC vessel Batavia, build in 1627-'28 at Amsterdam by Jan Rijksen at the Peperwerf, the old VOC schipyard. The ship sailed out at October 29, 1628 under command of salesman Francisco Pelsaert with Batavia at Java as its destination. Unfortunally the ship wrecked itself on June 4, 1629 at the South side of Beacon Island (former Houtman Abrolhos) op 28° 30' South en 113° 47' East located at Australies West coast.
Today a new replica is being build at the yard, the ship "De 7 Provinciën
"The first replica, the Batavia lays in front of the dike and is part of the museum.
Daily: 10AM - 5PM.
Admission: Euro 9.00
The Batavia Yard in Lelystad, the Netherlands, is foremost a center for
traditional shipbuilding. Since 1985 over 200 young people have built an
authentic reconstruction of the VOC-merchantman Batavia from 1628.
The first goal was to educate these young people in special handskills. Later it became a king of historical maritime center.
The Batavia Yard is open every day, 7 days a week from 10.00- 17.00 hrs.
Adults € 9,00
Senior citizens over 65 € 7,00
Youth 6 thr. 12 years € 4,50
opened it's doors a few years ago. It was one of the first outlet shopping centers in the Netherlands.
All big brands have outlet shops here!
Batavia Stad outlet shopping is open all year
7 days a week from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs.
A magnificent museum of the history of aviation, especially Dutch aviation. From the first planes until the newest ones. Schiphol Airport is built here as it was in the early days.
Several movies are shown about aviation and lots of children's activities.
Open from Tuesday till Sunday, from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. On monday it is closed, except during the the Dutch school holidays
Adults € 13 ,50
Children between the age of 4 and 12 years € 11 ,50
Senior citizens (65+) and cultural youth passport € 11 ,50