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Discover the wonderful little city of Hoorn near IJsselmeer lake and enjoy the history, pleasant Enkhuizen atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings.

  • Discover the wonderful little city of Hoorn near IJsselmeer lake and enjoy the history, pleasant atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings.
  • Enjoy water sports or go for a walk through the dunes nearby.
  • Located in West-Friesland, you will experience the real Dutch landscape.

VOC city Hoorn

Hoorn’s heyday was in the 17th century, when it was one of the main VOC cities. Like Amsterdam and Enkhuizen, Hoorn became a very wealthy city. Today dozens of monuments and churches allow you to sense those historic times. 

Highlights in Hoorn 

Enjoy a day out in Hoorn and combine a guided tour of the historic city centre with an afternoon of shopping and a lovely dinner. Hoorn is a small shopping paradise with lots of terraces and restaurants to enjoy and rest. If you want to be active for a few hours, Hoorn offers excellent water sports facilities. The dunes and beaches nearby are perfect spots for nature lovers. 

Uncover the Golden Age in the Westfries Museum!

Experience the Golden Age on a virtual reality tour across the old city of Hoorn, step aboard a truly authentic VOC ship or stroll through the Golden Age while simply paying a visit to the Westfries Museum's historic grounds!

Watch this video: Uncover the Golden Age in the Westfries Museum!

Visit Hoorn 

Hoorn is a great place to relax in peaceful surroundings. Enjoy the countless shops, restaurants, monuments and water sports facilities in Hoorn. The nearby dunes and beaches are perfect places to find peace and quiet.

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Accessibility and parking in Hoorn

Hoorn is located in the north of Holland near IJsselmeer lake, at about 45 minutes by car from the capital of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. You can also get there easily by public transport (train and bus). If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car. Paid parking is available in the city centre of Hoorn, which is limited to a maximum of 2 hours. The parking lots Lambert Meliszweg, Noorderveemarkt, Spoorsingel, Stationsplein, Vale Hen, Westerdijk, Westerdijk, and the south side of the Stationsweg lane offer unlimited parking. Rate € 1.40 per hour, maximum day rate € 7.00.


Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, in the city centre or on the outskirts of the city, Hoorn has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

To discover nearby

There is a lot to do near Hoorn. There are many beautiful little cities and fishing villages around IJsselmeer lake, such as Volendam. The historic city of Haarlem with its beautiful museums and wonderful restaurants is also well worth a visit.

Editors’ tip:

Take the most exciting trip through time in Holland with the Museum steam train. Ride past the historic cities in North Holland: Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen, and learn all about the history of the steam tram in Holland.

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