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.
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.
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