Being a large body of water, the Zuidersee has been renamed Ijselmeer and Markermeer referring to the two sections that were carved out with the construction of the Houtribdijk. Road tripping is so much fun with this ‘new’ route (Ok, so it first opened in 1975…) that saves the effort to drive a longer distance around the perimeter.
Especially on the Houtribdijk, you can drive for miles without another car if you are early enough. Stop along the way for a photo stop (redundant right?). It’s so serene and scenic to watch while having a cup of hot tea (Suan) or coffee (Mel). As the Dutch say, het verzicht hei mooi is! And then end up at Lelystad where the outlets could be offering the latest sale…combines sightseeing and shopping (aargh).
Circling around the Markermeer at different times of the year is definitely fun. During winter, the wind shear can really shift your car sideways. Risky? Yeah, but that’s a good driving experience to have under your belt.