NS introduces audio tour Oostvaardersplassen between Almere and Lelystad

NS introduces audio tour Oostvaardersplassen between Almere and Lelystad

Passengers between Almere and Lelystad, from Wednesday to hear what they see when they look out the window. With an app they can listen to an audio tour about the Oostvaardersplassen.

“There was discussion among drivers and conductors about what the most beautiful place to work,” says Erik Kroeze of the Dutch Railways. “We then submitted to the travellers and we wanted the outcome of that election for something special to do.”

Approximately 4.400 travelers brought their vote, of whom 37 percent of the route goes through the nature reserve of the Oostvaardersplassen as the finest intended. A quarter took the route by the Limburg mining area between Sittard and Maastricht, the finest and also the journey through the dunes between Haarlem and Zandvoort, scored well.

“Such a tour is, perhaps, especially for commuters fun. So they hear what they see every day without that they know about it.” The tour, narrated by former politician Erica Terpstra, works in both directions. “The app is based on your location,” says Kroeze.


To the area extra well to be able to see, sharing the NS the first weeks of binoculars from the ticket. “It is hard to predict how many people the app on their phone to download, but we have 20,000 of binoculars to share.”

The forestry commission, the administrator of the Oostvaardersplassen, is, according to Kroeze very excited about the tour. “But we have previously had any contact with parties along the track. If they happen to be mentioned is that a great perk for them, but they have no interest in.”

The election has differences of opinion about the most beautiful route in the meantime, not let it shut. “It has so many discussion loosed, that we are starting to think about this again next year.”

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