Purmerend today

Purmerend may not have preserved its entire cultural heritage but this charming little town still counts 30 state and 127 municipal monuments. One of the town’s prominent places is the Koemarkt which, for many centuries, was a thriving cattle market. It is now a lively pedestrian square with an array of cafés and restaurants. Purmerend unites the charms of the past with the pleasures of modern life. Visit the Grote Kerk (Great Church) and enjoy a drink on one of the many terraces. Wander through the museum or discover the wide range of shops. In short: there is much to see and do in Purmerend.

There are many beautiful walks along the historic canals and through the old town centre. For centuries, Purmerend has called itself the Market Town. By the 17th century, two annual markets and a weekly market gave rise to a flourishing trade. The renowned cattle market became part of the market trade from the 16th century. Nowadays, cattle trading does not take place in the town centre. The cattle market has been moved to an adjacent industrial estate. The koemarkt has been redeveloped and is currently a lively meeting place for both local residents and visitors to the town, providing them with a welcome break. Unfortunately, many historical buildings have not been preserved. There are, however, still some buildings dating from the seventeenth, eighteenth and early twentieth century.