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“Good Remake”
Review of Bataviawerf

Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Lelystad
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Owner description: Reconstruction of a 17th century trading ship called Batavia, which sank in 1628 on its first voyage. At the Bataviawerf the ship is reconstructed in authentic ways. On the shipyard there are several handcrafts still active and can be visited. A visit to the Bataviawerf is a nice daytrip for the whole family.
Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good Remake”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

excellent remake from the Batavia ,as it was in 1600. good to see how people lived on the boat in that time. Verry interesting tourguide. Also you mai go everywhere on the boat, look around and close your eyes. thinking how it was back then. Also you can go into the workshops too see what thei are doing with wood, making the fishing nets, and more. There is a nice shop ,where you can find a lot of things on souvenirs. entrence fee €11.-

Visited November 2013
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Abbotsford, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
266 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Replica of the old ship from the 1600s!”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

As a history buff, this was a great attraction. You get a very idea of what life must have been like for the 200 or sailors about 600 years ago.

The first thing to impress you is it's size sitting at the wharf. Such attention to the beautiful detail everywhere. But then, the Dutch were a seafaring nation! Once on board you are allowed to search every nook and cranny including the toilet off the dining room - look through the little door! You will feel a little like Alice in Wonderland.

As you descend into the ship however, head room is scarce so always be on the lookout for low beams, things on the floor and on at least level, you will not be able to stand up. But, all worth the look, believe me!

If you get a guide, all the better. Unfortunately, there were a couple of school classes on board that day so we made our way on our own. I was able to glean some info from the guide (I understand Dutch) and pass it on to my husband.

Somehow we missed the captain's own quarters! Please find it for me and send Trip Advisor your opinion.

The store has some wonderful items to remind you of your visit and the restaurant is decorated to make you think you are still in a ship.

Part of the tour includes being able to watch them work on their new project and look through the different aspects of the folks that actually worked on the ship like the wood carving workshop, the sail makers loft and the tackle workshop.

Take your time and see it all. This is not a good venue for anyone with mobility problems, particularly the ship.

If you have time, visit the outdoor mall next door. You won't believe it! It is as if you are inside a walled village.

Visited May 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Its really a pleasure to be on it.. !!”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Hi Everyone..

Its a must visit thing if you are in lelystad.. I just love dthe ship and explored every corener of thr ship..
Worth a visit... ticket 11 euros.. and worth the moolhas... !!

Good Luck..!!

Visited May 2014
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Queensland, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Great replica”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

The Batavia has been rebuilt to the original standards and has been beautifully recreated. The tour guide explained all about the Batavias - old and new, and gave us an insight into the life of a sailor in the 1600's. Very interesting tour. The restaurant in the complex is very good too.

Visited September 2013
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Corby, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“good for adults and children alike”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

The site has two ships one the Batavia completed and one the Seven Provinces under construction.
You can visit both ships and are able to walk around them and touch items it is very much hands on.
There are several workshops which show the craftsmen and women working on the second ship.
There is also an exhibition and welcoming helpful staff all of whom spoke English.
The entire site is of course educational but also fun for all ages-I'm 60!
Adjacent to the site is a shopping outlet which has a great place to eat and have a coffee be sure to use the one overlooking the Batavia ship.

Visited September 2013
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