Following our visit to the Roermond Designer Outlet, we take a look at the Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet in Lelystad which is nearer to Amsterdam. We’ll also take a look at the interesting surrounding area…
Batavia Stad Fashion outlet is an outdoor mall quite similar in set-up to the Roermond version and contains around 100 shops selling well known brands – mainly clothing and footwear lines but a few homeware shops as well. Brands include Adidas, Benetton, Calvin Klein, Espirit, Gant, Hugo Boss, Nike, Puma, Suit Supply and so on.
Expect discounts of around 30% off standard retail prices and up to 70% for limited special offers. Do remember that high street Dutch prices for clothes are often higher than in the UK and other markets.
The outlet site has various cafes/fast-food joints though we recommend the large La Place self-service restaurant.
Batavia Stad area
The new province of Flevoland was reclaimed from the sea and established in the 1980s.
Nextdoor to the mall is the New Land Museum (Nieuw Land Museum, adults €8, children 5-17 €4, Museumkaart free), which looks at the land reclamation project in detail. It covers the prehistoric Swifterbant people who lived in the region 6,000 years ago right up to the major Zuiderzee Project and ongoing water management.
Next to the museum is the Batavia wharf which houses a replica of the VOC ship.
You have some excellent views out to the Markermeer lake. You will see Antony Gormley’s Crouching Man sculture (called Exposure, made in 2010) which is 26m high and weighs 60 tonnes.
And heading along the waterfront is the Batavia Harbour for sailing boats.
To reach Lelystad from Amsterdam take the half-hourly intercity rail service – this takes 38 minutes and a day return costs €18.60 (2013).
From Lelystad station you can take bus 3 or 7 which reaches Batavia Stad in 10 minutes. You can use an OV-chip card for the bus trip.
Batavia Stad fashion oultet is open daily 1000-1800.
On the train journey between Almere and Lelystad you will pass the large (and controversial) nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen. It is an amazing sight, looking something like an African savannah – the 5,600 hectare park contains wild horses, deer and migratory birds.
Because of a lack of natural predators, a proportion of the herbivore animals have been known to starve to death in the winter.