Cultural and trade heritage
Founded in the 13th century as a small fishing village surrounded by lakes and located on the De Where river, nowadays Purmerend is a bustling city which you can wander around and usually find some street theatre, music or markets.
A fun day trip from Amsterdam, it’s easy to spend a day curling up in a café sampling some delicious food and drink, or visiting unique boutiques, stylish shops and its beautiful indoor mall. Make sure to visit the Koemarkt, the city’s ‘living room’, which hosts regular events and is lined with quaint restaurants and bars.
Things to see and do in Purmerend
Visit the Grote Kerk (Great Church) and enjoy a drink on one of the cafe terraces. You can also visit the Purmerends Museum, home to a beautiful collection of famous Jugendstil pottery which was made in the town around 1900. The museum, situated in the former town hall, also has exhibits by the internationally renowned Purmerend architects J.J.P.Oud and Mart Stam, and graphic artist Jac. Jongert, who lived in the town for many years.
How to get there from Amsterdam
It takes just over 35 minutes to get to Purmerend from Amsterdam Central Station (and 20 minutes from Sloterdijk). The best way to find the right journey is on Google Maps.
To make the most of your time exploring Amsterdam's surrounding areas, take advantage of the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, which offers unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and metros in the Amsterdam Area for 24 hours for just €19.50, two days for €28.00, or three for €36.50.