Lelystad is one of the new towns the Dutch have built as they have drained and reclaimed land in recent years. So it doesn't have the quaint old fashioned charm of the older and well known tourist towns, but it does have this smart little camp site in a nature reserve, a few kilometres outside the town centre. A local man warned us to beware of other sites closer to the town, but this one is good. It is beside the sailing school at the edge of the lake, with a big range of wind surfing, boating, fishing and swimming possible. The facilities are all new and in tip top condition. Away from the lake shore is a huge nature reserve with all manner of bird and animal life - you can walk for miles.
Lelystad has one big attraction - the traditional boatyard where they have built a replica of one of their 16th Century East India merchant ships, and are constructing another. But after that you should drive across the huge dam across the old Zuider Zee (about 10 miles I think) to have a look at the open air museum at Enkhuisen on the other side - where they have rebuilt traditional houses from all over Holland, and have live demonstrations of all their old crafts. Your children can dress up in clogs and Dutch costume, but we made a bee line for the man selling hot kippers smoked over oak chips smouldering in an barrel
Back to the camp site - mostly local Dutch people from close by, very welcoming and friendly, and no other English in sight. We rate this little site as one of our real finds.
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