Wormerveer in the Netherlands

Wormerveer is a town in North Holland, the Netherlands. It is located 13 kilometers northwest of Amsterdam and is part of the municipality of Zaanstad. Wormerveer was a separate municipality until 1974, when it was included in the new Zaanstad municipality. Wormerveer’s population is estimated to be around 11,225 people.

Wormerveer, a town in the Netherlands, is a fascinating site because of its distinct culture, history, and personality. After your wonderful visit to Wormerveer, you can travel to Rotterdam, a nearby significant city. The Amsterdam Museum, the Jewish Cultural Quarter, and the Rembrandt House Museum are among Rotterdam’s attractions. To go to this city, consider that Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the closest major airport. Wormerveer tour packages range from one to two days in length.


At Wormerveer, have a good time.

Formerly an independent municipality, it has been a part of Zaanstad since January 1, 1974. The first settlements formed in the close neighborhood of the Zaan- or Wormerveer, an old burial ferry to Wormer that was already extant in the 14th century. The first few houses along the Zaanoever expanded slowly in a southerly direction. ‘t Saen was the hamlet’s name, which was part of the Banne Westzanen. The tiny village of roughly 18 dwellings was granted permission to build a chapel in 1503. The settlement was part of the Banne Westzanen until 1811.

Wormerveer became one of Zaandam’s most prominent settlements at this time. From the Zaan, the Wormerveer bank appears to have stayed fully undeveloped (Noordeinde, Zaanweg and Zuideinde). The dike directly borders the Zaan, unlike the other settlements in Zaandam, where structures outside the dam obscure the view of the Zaan. The populace lived along this dike, which overlooked the river, and later on the Zaanweg, particularly local merchants and manufacturers. They constructed many capital stone structures here, afterward outfitted as offices and stores by future generations. Wormerveer had a reputation as an elite community, thanks to these structures. This was strengthened by the formerly lush Wandelweg and Wilhelminapark.

Worker neighborhoods emerged between the Zaanweg and the Wandelweg. Workers were employed in the village or in factories owned by Wormerveerse businessmen on the other side of the Zaan. These Wormer factories have been accessible via the Zaanbrug since 1889. This necessitated the payment of tolls, which poured into Wormerveer’s coffers after the municipality had paid for the bridge’s construction. Apart from the bridge, the Zaan could also be crossed through the Noorder and Zuiderveer. The municipality’s name comes from the Noorder- or Wormerveer. Many workers utilized their rowing oars and walked across the Zaan to work as soon as the ice was strong enough. Some toll collectors attempted to prevent the latter by cutting a significant gully section open at night. Most of the springs languished when the bridge’s toll was removed in 1942, and they have disbanded not long after. Westknollendam was part of the municipality of Wormerveer until 1811 when it became independent from the Banne Westzanen.

Residents’ names and nicknames

The village’s name has already been explained. For about 600 years, the Noorder- or Wormerveer has existed. In the 14th century, the first dwelling arose at this ferry landing. The ferry, which ran between the Noordeinde and the Zandweg in Wormer, was also known as the ‘Zaanderveer.’ Wormerveer was known as Het Saen until the early 16th century and was also spelled Saan and Zaan. Het Saen was the first Zaandorp because it was inhabited in the 14th century. Wormerveer was not given its name until 1503 when a request for its own chapel was made. The Wormerveers were dubbed ‘gladoren,’ a moniker likely derived from the village’s numerous oil mills.

Armorial bearings

Arms of the city Wormerveer. Wikimedia Commons
Wormerveer didn’t have its own coat of arms at the time. It was adopted from the Banne Westzanen in 1811. It’s quadrilateral, with a silver lion on a red field in the first and fourth quarters and a red lion on a silver background in the second and third quarters. The identical coat of arms was used by the municipality of Westzaan.

Surface area and size

Wormerveer was one of Zaanstreek’s smallest communities in terms of size. The municipality covers a total area of 639 hectares. The Watermolensloot (near polder mill Het Leven) formed the city of Zaandijk’s border, while the Watering and the Paardensloot combined formed the town of Westzaan’s border. The Tap- or Tochtsloot was the border between Wormerveer and the villages Krommenie and Assendelft, whereas the Nauernasche Vaart was the border between Wormerveer and the towns Krommenie and Assendelft. Wormerveer was divided from Wormer municipality by the Zaan. Attempts to annex the Zaan bank to Wormer have been made several times, using the claim that the industrial sector there was owned by Wormerveer firms. These (late 19th/early 20th century) requests for a boundary change were never granted by the government.


The first records of the population date from 1477 and 1543, with 95 and 100 persons, respectively. Figures have been missing for a long time. This is regrettable because a significant population increase occurred during that period. Only in 1742 was the population counted again: there were 1572 Wormerveerders at the time. The majority of the rise will have happened in the 17th century due to growing economic activity. The fact that the population continued to rise in the 18th century is extraordinary. This was also the case in Zaandijk and Koog, but the people of the rest of the country fell due to the extended recession. Van der Woude explains this by citing the employment opportunities in papermaking, a thriving industry at the period. Wormerveer was unable to sustain the total population of 2084 that had been attained in 1795.

The village was populated after the French era, in 1815 and 1871. The population has gradually increased since then, rising from 2831 in 1840 to 3487 in 1869 and then to 6054 in 1899. This trend continued: there were 8769 people in 1930, 11,122 in 1950, 13,000 in 1960, and 14,823 people ten years later. However, in the 1970s and 1980s, the number of Wormer residents fell due to low construction activity and the average number of inhabitants per house. There were 12,126 individuals living there in 1989.