The biggest and most central district, Almere Stad includes the modern city centre with its diverse shopping offering. Head out for dinner at the restaurants and cafés around the Grote Markt or the pedestrianised Belfort square. For a slice of culture, check out the Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF theater) or de nieuwe bibliotheek (library). Despite the urban character and modern architecture, nature is right on hand too, and you can seek out water sports adventures in the Noorderplassen lake or at the Weerwater lake, right in the city centre. The housing offering in Almere Stad varies dramatically from high-rise apartments to terraced family homes and villas as you move further out, so families can also make the most of this district.
Almere Poort is a young district and is situated closest to Amsterdam – development in this western corner of Almere only began in 2005. Surrounded by water and forest, residents here have a beautiful beach on their doorstep, plus a bustling marina and plenty of options for water sports. Above all, Almere Poort has fantastic transport connections: it has its own train station and lies close to the A6 motorway, so Amsterdam and the nearby cities and towns of Het Gooi region are easily accessible. If you’re looking for something truly exotic, the Duin neighbourhood sits amongst sand dunes up to 10 metres high, so living here truly feels like being on permanent vacation.
The Dutch word Buiten can be literally translated as ‘outdoors’ and this is the part of Almere where you can really feel like you’re outside. The seasons feel more tangible here, as the light, the colours and the scents enchant you. The character and layout of Almere Buiten had a lot of green, every neighbourhood here actually borders a green space. And, of course, having the Oostvaardersplassen nature area in your back garden means you can always get out into wild Dutch countryside – spectacular in rain or shine!
Almere Haven feels like a traditional Dutch harbour town, with the water on one side but surrounded by green spaces on all others. You’ll find a village-like feel around the courtyards and low-traffic residential areas, a sparkling atmosphere at the beautiful terraces around the harbour, plus there are two forests and two small beaches on the Gooimeer lake to explore. All in all, it’s a beautiful part of the city to live in.
Almere Hout has it all: peace, quiet and wide open green spaces, but with all the amenities of a major urban centre. The area owes its name to the many forests in the area and is the most rural district of Almere. Some of the spots to live in Almere Hout include the villa park Vogelhorst, the village Nobelhorst, or along the Paradijsvogelweg – which backs onto farmland.
Oosterwold is a rural area within the borders of Almere and Zeewolde. This zone has always been allocated for the development of a residential area. Every initiator can choose any place and decide how big the plot will be. They are also free to choose the size of the buildings and their function. So what the area will look like will be determined by private initiative and not by the authorities, who will be taking a large step back.