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Information about Hoorn

Hoorn is a bustling town with something for everyone for a great day out. The town has a population of 70,000 and has many historical buildings. Hoorn has a charming harbour where the mighty ships of the Dutch East India Company used to sail to, laden with pepper and other spices.
Enjoy a lovely walk through Hoorn, with its town centre, streets and little lanes which take you back in time. After your walk, relax with a drink or a snack at one of the many outdoor cafés in the town or at the harbour.

The location and surrounding area of Hoorn

Hoorn lies in the north of Noord-Holland and is easy to reach by car or public transport. From the Centraal Station Hoorn railway station, it is just a three-minute walk to the centre. Hoorn lies on Lake IJssel and is therefore also very popular with water sports enthusiasts. Hoorn is surrounded by authentic villages, in a characteristic rural landscape. It is certainly worth going on a cycling trip around the area; and you can hire bikes from the bicycle shed next to the station.

All there is to do in Hoorn….

In the months of July and August, in Hoorn there are markets on a Wednesday, selling, among other things, books, antiques, curiosities, art works and home crafts. Each week the markets have a different theme, such as a clowns day, creativity, music, old-timers, Country and Western, sports and children’s activities. On Thursdays, cheese markets are held at the Roode Steen square, where the cheese porters put on a tremendous re-enactment. From the harbour you can go on a sailing trip on one of the ships from the ‘Brown Fleet’, former cargo sailing ships with brown sails.


After Amsterdam and Haarlem, Hoorn is the third largest monumental city in Noord-Holland. A few monuments most certainly worth visiting are the Statenlogement building, the Hoofdtoren tower at the harbour, the Westfries Museum and the Oosterkerk church, surrounded by houses dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th century. To take in everything Hoorn has to offer, go on the city walk from the Freebee Map illustrated in the brochure which you can order from this site by means of an SMS service. Then you can be sure not to miss out anything.

Art and culture

Hoorn has a lot to offer in the way of art and culture, with its many museums such as:

The Westfries museum of regional history in the historical centre of Hoorn on the Roode Steen square. With its magnificent 17th century front adorned with statues of lions and the city arms, the museum is a complexity of stately halls, atmospheric rooms, high attics and mysterious cellars;
The Kijkdoos toy museum houses an impressive collection of toys from the past to the present;
For a memorable experience, hop aboard the authentic Hoorn-Medemblik museum steam tram and take a trip to Medemblik;
The Affichemuseum, with various exhibitions of historical and cultural posters.
If you like art and creativity, visit the largest art market in the Netherlands, held in September.

Shopping in Hoorn

In the centre of Hoorn, you will find various and original shops. The main shopping street is the Grote Noord, but don’t forget the smaller streets with their stylish shops, which are certainly worth a browse.

Eating out in Hoorn

Hoorn has numerous restaurants, cafés and outdoor cafés where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a drink. The Grote Noord street