Stately merchant houses, warehouses and the main tower recall the period of the 16th and 17th century when boats from Hoorn roamed about the world seas and traded with peoples of Cape Horn to the Cape of good hope.
Everywhere you go you will encounter the history of the powerful Dutch East India Company, that sent beautiful ships to trade with Asiatic countries during the 17th and 18th centuries. This gives the city a special atmosphere.
Do you feel like visiting a museum?
Hoorn has no less than four. The West Frisian Museum shows the distant past of the city, while the Museum of the Twentieth Century is a feast of recognition for the older youths among us. Travel in time with the Hoorn-Medemblik steam tram. The Poster Museum is also worth a visit. Last but not least you cannot miss to visit the replica of the ship Half Moon (Halve Maen) while visiting Hoorn.
The history of the town is not just on show in the old centre; it can also be seen in the harbour. Time seems to be standing still here. The sails are hoisted, the decks scrubbed and you can almost still smell the spices that the Dutch East India Company brought back from trips to the Far East.