Daytrips and holidays in the Netherlands

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Welcome to the city pages of Hoorn

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