Hoorn

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Day trip to Hoorn

Day trips from Amsterdam

The city

The harbor towns of Hoorn and Enkhuizen are inextricable connected with the VOC.

Founded in 1602, the United East India Company (Dutch: Verenigde Oost- Indische Compagnie or VOC) trading in Asia, flourished and dominated for two centuries. It was the first public company ever to issue negotiable shares and it developed into one of the biggest and most powerful trading and shipping concerns. The VOC had its own shipyards, the largest being in Amsterdam. Her larger ships were the biggest movable vehicles on earth in those days. This spectacular trade made the Dutch Republic the world’s key commercial hub. Important towns in Holland and Zeeland had a so called VOC Chamber meaning they were represented at the board of the company. Both Hoorn and Enkhuizen had such a Chamber.

Do realize that back in those days the two towns were connected with the open sea. What is now called IJssel lake (Dutch: IJsselmeer) was then known as Southern Sea (Dutch: Zuiderzee) from which you sailed into The North Sea. Between 1927 and 1932 a huge barrier dam was constructed (the world famous Afsluitdijk) and tamed the rough Southern Sea for good.    

So Hoorn is an old Dutch Zuiderzee city. In high season you will find the socalled brown Fleet here. Dutch traditional sailing vessels, (cultural heritage). All those masts bring you back in the 17th century.

In 1356 this place was founded. Cityrights resulted into a flourishing textile industry that could measure up to those in Leiden, Gouda and Haarlem. One of its famous sons captain Willem Schouten was born here. In 1615, finding a way to Australia he rounded with his ship “Hoorn” the most southern cape of South America and called it Cape Horn.

picture of the front side of the train station of Hoorn.

Hoorn train station

 

Amsterdam to Hoorn

How to get there?

From Amsterdam to Hoorn by train takes you 40 minutes. By car about the same time.

Hoorn maps

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A touristic city map of Hoorn with the highlights of the city

City map of Hoorn, download the image on your device and you can zoom in.

 

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For information about transport tickets, visit our public transport page.

A good alternative for up to date timetables for all type of public transport is this website: 9292 OV.

 

Things to do in Hoorn

Activities in the city

Another Famous ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) sailed from Amsterdam in 1609 into what is now New York Harbour but then was named New Amsterdam. You can admire its replica in the harbor of Hoorn. Visit the West Fries Museum Hoorn or the steam train Hoorn. Shopping in Hoorn is nice and you can also visit the Hoorn cheese market.

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The Cheese porters of the cheese market Hoorn are stacking the cheeses on the carriers.

Cheese market Hoorn

2,5 hrs
Come and see the oldest cheese market in the Netherlands. In the 19th century, this cheese market was the largest in North Holland. The cheese market is now set up in theater form, in the atmosphere of the past with a show of today. You are most welcome to enjoy this spectacle at the Hoornse […]
With good weather a cruise on the open boat of the Water taxi is a great experience. It's lovely to see the city from a different view and meanwhile the skipper tells you all about the city.

Watertaxi Hoorn

10 - 60 minutes
Water taxi Hoorn organizes guided taxi rides and round trips by boat, they also rents out sloops and a whisper boat without a skipper. The skipper is not only a good mate but also an excellent guide with lots of stories to tell about the city and its harbour. You can always have a drink […]
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