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.

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

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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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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Get to know Flevoland’s heritage

Heritage on the map