Why Almere is the up and coming city in the Netherlands

Why Almere is the up and coming city in the Netherlands

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Whether you're thinking of relocating to the Netherlands, or just looking for a change of scenery for you and your family, Almere might be the place for you! Crown Relocations walks you through some of the reasons why Almere is a great place to live. 

Almere is one of the best known "new towns" in the Netherlands, an architectural delight and one of the most renowned self-build cities. It’s no wonder that the population size is fast approaching that of Amsterdam and is sure to surpass it. We put together just some of the reasons why many people are considering a move to Almere.

Build your dream home

A big draw for many is the opportunity to design and build your own home. Created by the council following the financial crisis in 2008, it is the largest residential area in the Netherlands developed and built by its own residents. The homes created so far add to the unique appeal of Almere - here you’ll find many varieties in the shapes and sizes of homes available.

Great transport links

In Almere, you’ll find six train stations and a direct train to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Travel to and from Amsterdam is also convenient by train - it takes just 20 minutes! You’ll also find excellent bus links and safe cycle lanes. For those looking to drive, many houses feature off-street parking and good links to the motorway.

Discover local nature

Almere has a variety of places for you to visit and enjoy the surrounding nature - from woodlands, parks and beaches, to an abundance of water. Almeerderhout is Almere's largest wooded area, which consists of four different woodlands, each with their very own atmosphere. You can also discover nature reserves Oostvaardersplassen and Lepelaarsplassen.


Homes are often spacious, with gardens. Residential areas tend to be near parks, shopping centres and several schools catering to all ages, and so the neighbourhoods are perfect for young families. Almere is also near Markermeer lake, for those looking for a good family outing.

So many options

You can enjoy many activities - from visiting the shopping centre at the Pedestrianised Belfort Square to a show at the Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland theatre, and even water sport activities at Weerwater Lake or at Noorderplasse Lake. There is also a wide range of restaurants in the area so you can try many new kinds of yummy foods.

Moving home can be both exciting and daunting. Crown Relocations has been helping people relocate internationally for over fifty years, offering support for all the logistical and emotional needs of you and those moving with you. Download their guide to help you relocate with confidence so you can start living as soon as you arrive.



Daniela Stoyanova

Daniela Stoyanova is a Moving Consultant for Crown Relocations.

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