A placard indicating the water level in 1916

Watermark 1916

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.

Do you want to know how high the water was in the winter of 1916? The mark on the building on the corner of Tramplein and Herengracht shows the water level at the time of the flood.