What things to do when you’re in Hoorn? Hoorn is a versatile historical city where you can do many different things. A good start is a guided tour of Hoorn. In addition, there are various activities that you can do on your own. Below I have made an overview of things you should definitely consider.
1. Westfries Museum
The Westfries Museum displays the richness of the Golden Age in more than 25 furnished period rooms with paintings, porcelain, glass and silverware. You step through the gates of the 17th-century monument and walk into the Golden Age. The total collection of the Westfries Museum comprises 30,000 objects. Together they tell the story of the most dynamic period in Dutch history and its significance for West Friesland. The emphasis is on the period between 1500 and 1800. The run-up, flowering and aftermath of the Golden Age. A visit to the Museum can easily be combined with a city walk or a tour of the Historical Centre. The Museum is beautifully situated on the central square of the city. For opening hours see: https://wfm.nl/
2. Museum of the 20th Century
The Museum of the 20th Century in Hoorn tells about life in the last century through hundreds of objects and dozens of interiors. How did our parents and grandparents live? What toys did children play with? What kind of shops were there? How was cooking done? What did people do in their spare time? What was there to see on radio or television? The Museum has changing exhibitions and is fun for young and old. It is located in an old prison on Oostereiland. The building alone is worth a visit. For more information visit: https://www.museumhoorn.nl/
3. The museum steam tram
Forget the futuristic time machines and space travel, the most exciting journey through time is made in an original steam tram through the historic triangle Horn – Medemblik – Enkhuizen. Immerse yourself and experience history. The journey through time begins in style. See how the stoker throws the coals on the fire, step on the steam tram and wait for the whistle of the steam locomotive. Step in and experience the history. Choose from 3 different time travel packages and immerse yourself in the historical adventure. Fun for children, but also for adults. The steam train ride takes you through a few old villages and the vast West Frisian landscape. The Museum and starting point is located behind the train station of Hoorn Centrum. For more information visit: https://www.stoomtram.nl/
4. The Watertaxi
Watertaxi Hoorn offers not only the possibility to move from one destination to another, but also longer trips. From an hour-long cruise through the port and the canals of the city to a longer trip offshore to the Oranje Buiten beach pavilion, for example. All trips can be booked with catering and of course each trip is carried out by an experienced skipper and guide. A trip by water taxi can easily be combined with a tour in the city. Boarding can be done at different locations. For more information, please visit: http://www.watertaxihoorn.nl/
5. Bonck Museum House
House Bonck has a special history as a merchant’s house, linen weaving mill, city farm and house: for almost 400 years people have lived and worked here. Taste the unique atmosphere of this house. House Bonck has a small hanging room that is literally ‘hung’ from the attic beam, hence the name. The room feels almost like a ship, with the wooden paneling all around, a low ceiling and the view of the water. It is the only room in the house with only one clearly defined function: the office. The house is located at Binneluiendijk 3. A visit to the house is easy to combine with a city walk. For more information, please visit: https://www.museumhuizen.nl/nl/huis-bonck
6. The Hoorn streets (shopping)
Between the two churches, towards the Roode steen and the harbour quarter is a unique shopping area located: the ‘Hoornse straatjes’. In these streets you will find a wealth of special things from creative entrepreneurs that make the city centre of Horn unique! These are the streets: Nieuwe Noord, Kruisstraat, Lange Kerkstraat, Nieuwstraat, Kerkplein, Kerkstraat and Wisselstraat. These streets have special and traditional businesses. From confectioners, free-range butchers to clothing shops, hairdressing salons, restaurants and places to go out. No large shops, but precisely those small self-employed people with an understanding of business and passion for their profession with excellent service. More information: https://www.dehoornsestraatjes.nl/
7. Hoorn – Enkhuizen – Hoorn
If you are in Hoorn a bit longer, a trip to Enkhuizen is worthwhile. By train you can travel in exactly 26 minutes from the centre of Hoorn to the centre of Enkhuizen. In Enkhuizen you can take a nice walk and there are several nice restaurants for lunch. Enkhuizen is a city that is less extensive than Hoorn, but just like Hoorn it has a beautiful centre and beautiful monumental buildings. Look for more information: Enkhuizen info.
8. Walk to Pancake House Ootje Konkel
For the active hikers I recommend the walk along the dike from the centre of Hoorn to the pancake house Ootje Konkel in Scharwoude. This walk takes exactly one hour and then you really deserve a pancake! Make sure you have good walking shoes that can get dirty because the path runs over parts of the dike where sheep graze. The route is not to be missed: just follow the dike in a southerly direction! For more information, visit: https://www.ootjekonkel.nl/
9. Active for children: Sam City + City playground
It’s nice a museum, but for the children it is sometimes quite boring. Then do yourself a great favour and let them rage in a controlled environment. For the little ones there is the city playground, a small paradise in the green where parents can sit quietly. Look for more information: City playground Hoorn.
For older children, Sam City is total fun. This is a brand new indoor trampoline center including a fine lunch restaurant! For more information, please visit: https://www.samcity.nl/