Flevoland may have been reclaimed in the 20th century, however its history dates back centuries. Due to their plum trading location in the Zuiderzee, Amsterdam purchased the islands in this region as early as 1660. Many archaeological ‘treasures’ were revealed during the draining process: from shipwrecks to a former skippers’ island, now a World Heritage site. The story of Flevoland's heritage is important to tell. And even more important to experience for yourself! Go out and visit our heritage. Tip! At the bottom are interesting combination visits.

Flevoland’s story

A unique story

Quite an accomplishment, building an entire province from scratch. Still, that’s exactly how Flevoland came into being: a good few metres below sea level. And Flevoland is never really finished. Probably something to do with that twentieth-century soil under our feet we reckon; it seems to exert an effect on people. Nowhere else offers more space for innovative ideas than right here. As all Flevolanders are well aware: the sky is the limit.

The Story of Flevoland
Greppels graven geschiedenis Flevoland

Netherlands - Land of Water - Immerse yourself in our water

The digital experience 'water experience' of the Netherlands Waterland will teach you everything about our passion and love for water, as well as our vast knowledge of this magical liquid. Sit back, relax and fly through the Netherlands – Land of Water to discover the most beautiful water works, cities and magnificent innovations.

No fewer than four locations in Flevoland are included in the 'water experience': Batavialand, Urk, Schokland and Waterloopbos. After a short introductory film, you can view each location in 360 degrees, but you can also fly over it like a drone.You've never seen our water heritage sites like this before!

Experience our 'water experience' for yourself

A remarkable area

Schokland is a prime example of the Dutch’s perpetual centuries’ old struggle against water.

Schokland World Heritage Site

A former island

Schokland is one of our true gems. A mysterious place, ‘floating’ in the middle of the youthful polder landscape. You really get a sense of the past here: the hundreds of years of war against the encroaching sea. Discover the traces of human life in excess of 10,000 years old.

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Schokland 2 NOP Erfgoed luchtfoto Schokland

Flevoland was drained in the previous century entirely by the ingenuity of man.

An astonishingly impressive achievement which created Flevoland, the world’s largest polder!


Traditional fishing village.

The traditional fishing village of Urk is so entirely at variance with the rest of Flevoland, that it’s certainly worth a visit for that reason alone. A warren of small streets, built sans plan, in contrast to the rest of Flevoland which is the crisp product of tight drawing board work. Discover surprising vistas, inviting little squares, remarkable and characteristic facade signs. Everything in this village just oozes the atmosphere of a bygone era. Urk truly is just one large open air museum.

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Urk Erfgoed Water 4


Back in time.

When you vist Batavialand you will go back in time. Batavialand takes you on a trip through 7,000 years of Dutch history. Here you’ll discover everything you want to know about the Netherlands, the people’s life and their perpetual struggle with the water.

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Hard to imagine these days, but how do you calculate the complex forces that exert their influence on a major water management project without the aid of a computer? In the analogue days engineers did this among other things by simulating reality. In the Waterloopbos woods in Noordoostpolder you will find scale models of 35 renowned hydraulic projects. 

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Waterloopbos Marknesse NOP Natuur  Architectuur 3

Discover the heritage of Flevoland

Combine your visits and discover the heritage of Flevoland

Heritage on the map