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Hoorn [4] is an old city in the Dutch province of North-Holland.


In late medieval times, Hoorn became rich through sea trade and fishing, making possible the construction of many of the picturesque buildings that can be seen today. Its maritime past is also reflected in the fact that Cape Horn is named after it.

Get in

By car

From Amsterdam or Schiphol Airport, Hoorn can be reached by taking the A10, the A8 and then the A7.

By train

Direct train services connect Hoorn with both Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport. In both cases the journey will take about 45 minutes.

To visit the old harbor by car, it's easy to park at 'P 't Jeudje' and take a Watertaxi. (only on reservation) Harbor cruises an boat rental at Oostereiland.


Hoorn's compact medieval centre is home to too many beautiful late medieval buildings to mention. Within walking distance of each other you can find:

  • Main Tower, 2 Hoofd. Beautiful tower with clock, from the 1530s
  • East Church, 60 Grote Oost.
  • East Gate, 41 Kleine Oost. In rich manierist style, from the 1570s
  • Former City Hall, 23 Nieuwstraat. From 1613
  • Westfries Museum, Roode Steen 1, +31 229 280022, [1]. M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 1PM-5PM. €5.
  • Museum of the Twentieth Century (Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw), Bierkade 4, +31 229 214 001, [2]. Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-SU noon-5PM, M closed. €4,50.






Get out

About 15 km east of Hoorn lies the equally picturesque city of Enkhuizen. A little further to the north is Medemblik.

Routes through Hoorn
AmsterdamBeemster  S noframe N  MedemblikGroningen

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