New land reclaimed from the sea
The Noordoostpolder is located in Flevoland and was created when the Zuyder Zee was impoldered. In the 20th century, land was reclaimed on both sides of what is now the IJsselmeer. These new swathes of land were meant to become new agricultural land. In 1947, the first agricultural land in the Noordoostpolder was divided amongst to farmers. As a result of the reclamation, two special islands were also left dry: Urk and Schokland.
Tulip route and picking gardens
Today the Noordoostpolder is covered in flower bulb fields. In spring you can cycle or walk through the beautiful landscape and take part in the annual tulip festival. A predetermined route can be followed by bicycle or car to view the fields, stopping at several places that offer activities. You can pick your own tulips in the flower garden or explore the beautiful private farm gardens.
Schokland, a historical place
The village of Schokland used to be an island in the Zuiderzee. When the land was reclaimed from the sea, the island became dry land. Schokland was the first Dutch monument to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit this historical place and take a bicycle tour to the fishing village of Urk.