Welcome to Almere!
This year (2021), our city celebrates its 45 years! Congratulations, Almere!
Almere is the youngest city of the Netherlands. The first families received their house keys in 1976.
The city is located in the center of the country (near Amsterdam and Utrecht), in the province of Flevoland, the largest polder of the world.
Almere Haven, the first city district, was organized in a cauliflower disposition to promote the contact between the neighbours.
In 1979, Almere got its first church, city theatre and public artwork.
The Regenboogbuurt or Rainbow neighbourhood was built later on, in the 90’s. This very colourful neighbourhood was inspired by Bruno Taut’s (1880-1938) architecture, known for its colourful buildings in Berlin.
Also in the 90’s, the city center (Almere Stad) underwent a huge renovation process, coordinated by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas (1944-), responsible for the new urban masterplan. Several international architects were involved, such as Christian de Portzampark (1944-), as Koolhaas, a winner of the Architecture Pritzker Prize.
Almere's design and planning was inspired by the garden city movement that took place in England in the 19th century. Along the years, this concept met new combinations and connections such as greenery with Art and greenery with History. In Almere, you find very interesting places to visit that mirror the evolution of this landscape philosophy, such as the Green Cathedral (De Groene Kathedraal), inspired by the French Cathedral of the city of Reims, or the Forest of the Indomitable (De Bos der Onverzettelijken), a National monument dedicated to the Dutch Resistance during World War II.
The most recent architecture, such as the new bridge at the lake Weerwater, also reflects the city’s respect for environmental sustainability.
If you enjoy modern architecture, all around greenery, lakes and canals, Almere is the place to be!