People shopping in the Padjedijk


Until the end of the 19th century, Purmerend consisted almost exclusively of canals. Many of these canals have been filled in to make way for modern means of transport.

You can still find many references to the time when only a few dykes ran through the center and the boat was the main means of transport. Just look at the nameplates in the city. The Padjedijk (the path to the dyke) is an example of this.