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In Batavialand and on the former island of Schokland (a Unesco World Heritage Site) you can explore the Dutch’s close relationship with water, as well as experience their ceaseless battles against its incessant threat. Start in Batavialand with a video on how Flevoland was eventually drained and reclaimed. Visit the museum and discover how a polder/new land is actually created. On Schokland, hire a bike; the very best way to experience the former island’s story. After centuries of struggling against the water, it was decided in 1859 to evacuate the island and disperse the community. It was 1942 before the island was eventually marooned on land. Despite this, Schokland is still visibly recognisable as a former island, with its old port, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper’s house and the small church.


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