Purmerend is a great combination of modern and traditional Holland. Originally a small fishing village, the city has maintained many of its charming historical monuments. The centuries-old Koemarkt, or Cattle Market, is one of the highlights. Today it’s a traffic-free square, lined with bustling cafés and restaurants. With so much to see and to do, you’ll end up spending more time than you’d expected in Purmerend. Visit the 19th-century Saint Nicholas Church for a sense of history, wander through the museum, and then head out for a bit of shopping and a drink. Purmerend will charm you before you know it.