Canal Walk Pumerend

(3,0 km)
During the Canal Walk you walk along the existing and filled in canals of Purmerend. Along the way you will learn about the history of this once water-rich city.

Located right in between the Purmer, Beemster and Wormer lakes, before the reclamaton, Purmerend has had many different functions over the centuries. The prosperity of the past is reflected in beautiful architectural styles and idyllic streets. Don't forget to look around you! Do you see the traces that history has left behind? The vistas? And the connection between old and new? 

This route can be followed via the yellow arrows that can be found on lampposts, traffic posts or route posts and show you the way along the route. The route starts and ends at the TOP (Tourist Transfer Point) on the Beemsterburgwal.

Useful information
The free brochure with routemap is available at the VVV Museum Shop.

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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.

Padjedijk People shopping in the Padjedijk

When you live below sea level, it’s bound to go wrong at some point. In 1916, a major dyke breach south of Volendam put Purmerend under water for more than six weeks.

Watermark 1916 A placard indicating the water level in 1916

The townhouses built on the Herengracht, Emmakade, Julianastraat, and others, ooze class and prosperity and were very special in the early 20th century.

Historic streets An autumnal image of the Herengracht

On the Overweersepolderdijk in Purmerend you will find a historic cemetery from 1875 with a chapel from 1878.

Overweersepolderdijk cemetery

This is a street that has two names: One half of the street is called Bierkade, the other half is called Venediën.

Double street name

When you say Purmerend, you will most likely think of the Koemarkt and the cattle trade. However, until about 1880 Purmerend was mainly known for fishing and the sale of Purmer eel.

Vismarkt (Fish Market) Vismarkt Purmerend