Purmerend Koemarkt

UNESCO Beemster

Schiphol Airport


Zaanse Schans

Purmerend. A Hidden Gem

Purmerend is a vibrant city with a blend of the old traditional and new soft modern. Purmerend is in the area of Amsterdam and offers everything you need outside the capital city, but also close enough for trips into Amsterdam.

City Trip Hostel is located in the centre of Purmerend and built around a castle wall steeped in rich history. You can learn all about the history in one of the many museums in Purmerend. Afterwards, you can enjoy a theatre show and borrel on de Koemarkt square.



Discover ‘the back garden of Amsterdam’ Laag Holland. Laag Holland is a unique piece of real Holland just north of Amsterdam. Here you will find rustic villages; Purmerend, Edam-Volendam and the regions Waterland and Beemster with picturesque streets in wide fields or hidden behind the dikes.

Purmerend – The attractive city centre tells a lot about the rich history of Purmerend. In 1484, Purmerend was the only place in the region to be given market rights and each square had its own market destination: Cheese Market, Sheep Market, Fish Market and Cow Market. Today you can enjoy the local markets, city walks, nature cycling and a trendy place to have a drink or pleasant evening out on the Koemarkt square.

Beemster - Today Beemster is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage status and its world-famous Beemster Cheese. Do you have a taste for cheese? Learn how Beemster Cheese is made and try it for yourself in the Beemster Cheese factory.

See our Top Tips
  • 1. Relax on the Koemarkt square
  • 2. Discover nature by bike (bike hire available at our Hostel)
  • 3. Learn all about the rich history of Purmerend
  • 4. Purmerend City guided walk
  • 5. Rent a boat or SUP in Broek in Waterland


Discover the impressive museums (Stedelijk, art from Rembrandt or Van Gogh). Relax on a romantic canal cruise. Take in the Dutch artistic heritage in The Jordaan and boutique shops in De 9 Straatjes. Or simply indulge yourself in one of the local markets, strolling through the Red Light District or bar-hopping through Amsterdam's many bars and nightclubs! 

Whatever you want to do; Amsterdam has it all. And all of this is just a stone's throw away from our hostel. Amsterdam is within easy reach and only 25 minutes by public transport.

Speak to our Butler for events and local 'insider' tips.

  • 1. Learn about art & culture at the Museumplein
  • 2. Read the diary of Anne Frank
  • 3. Stroll through the Red Light District
  • 4. Treat yourself at the Flower Market
  • 5. Picnic in Vondelpark


Are you even a tourist if you do not try on typical Dutch clothing and eat the catch of the day from the fishermen's village of Volendam?

Make a day trip out to Volendam. With so much to see and do you will find yourself lost as you walk through traditional Dutch history, in and out of colourful wooden houses and across to the island of Marken. Here you can also learn how the traditional Clogs are made.

Stop in Edam on your way back and explore the old traditional cheese warehouse with their very own in house bakery. Bring some cheese back for us!

Only 15 minutes by car or 35 minutes by public transport. Cycling will take around 40 minutes through the beautiful dutch polders.

See our top tips
  • 1. Learn how to make traditional Dutch Clogs
  • 2. Experience Volendam and Historical Museum
  • 3. Stroll along De Dijk
  • 4. Taste the catch of the day
  • 5. Take the boat to Marken Island

Zaanse schans

We love the excitement of our travellers when they see a windmill for the first time. But have you seen Zaanse Schans? Zaanse schans is world famous for its windmills. Be sure to check out this unique early 19th century Dutch landscape and learn all about how it revolutionised industrial Netherlands.

There is more to it though than windmills. The old village streets are lined with traditional shops, houses and a wealth of museums! Take some time to learn about the art of Traditional Clog making. 

Zaanse Schans is only 15 minutes by car or 50 minutes by public transport.

See our top tips
  • 1. Cycle through the world of Mills
  • 2. Chocolate Lover? Visit Verkade Factory
  • 3. Participate in a Wooden Shoe Workshop
  • 4. Visit the Zaans Museum
  • 5. Visit the Zaandam Time Museum


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