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.
Direct train services connect Hoorn with both Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport. In both cases the journey will take about 45 minutes.
Most of the year, river boats visit the city's harbour. The harbour is at the city center, which makes the museums and old city accessible by foot.
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. 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. Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-SU noon-5PM, M closed. €4,50.
- Take the steam tram to Medemblik, 8 Van Dedemstraat, ☎ +31 229-214862, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 15 km east of Hoorn lies the equally picturesque city of Enkhuizen. A little further to the north is Medemblik.
|Routes through Hoorn|
|Amsterdam ← Beemster ←||S N||→ Medemblik → Groningen|