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  • 1 The old quarter Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This is the original heart of the town. Among the successive old façades, many are decorated with fine stone carvings, most of which are connected with sailing.

  • 2 Rode Steen Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rode Steen

    This picturesque square is overlooked by the Museum of Western Friesland and by the public weighstation. It owes its name to the blood which frequently flowed during public executions (Rode Steen = red stone). To the center, you will notice a statue ..

  • 3 Veermanskade Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    This quay is lined with a fine collection of restored houses. For the most part old merchants' houses, they have façades typical of Hoorn with carved wooden pillars. Some, which have fine stones on their façades, are topped with stepped or bell-shape..

  • 4 Museumstoomtram (Tourist train)

    Towns and villages

    Van Dedemstraat 8

    This tourist train links Hoorn and Medemblik. The journey can be combined with a boat trip from Medemblik to Enkhuizen. The picturesque and varied equipment (steam locomotives and railcars) forms a kind of moving museum.

  • 5 Doelengebouw

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This building was once used for training archers. The central section of the façade dates from 1615. Above the porch, a bas-relief depicts the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, patron saint of archers.

  • 6 Onder Boompjes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    At the eastern end of this quay, an old warehouse dating from 1606 is decorated with a carved stone façade of two ships belonging to the United East India Company (VOC). In order to protect precious merchandise (especially spices) from enemy attack, ..

  • 7 Korte Achterstraat

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Korte Achterstraat

    At No. 4 in this narrow street stands the porch of the old Orphanage (Weeshuis), dating from 1620. A memorial stone recalls that Admiral Bossu was imprisoned in Hoorn. Not far from here, in Muntstraat (No. 4), note the house with a scrolled gable on ..

  • 8 Nieuwstraat

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    It is in this shopping street that you will find the old town hall, with a double step-gabled façade (1613). At No. 17 is a house with Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite, accompanied by two dolphins, on its façade. These mammals, with Poseidon's triden..

  • 9 Kerkplein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    At No. 39, note opposite the disused church the butter market (De Boterhal), the former hospice of St. John (St-Jans Gasthuis), a graceful residence dating from 1563 with a gable decorated with sculptures.

  • 10 Waag

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This blue stone building, probably by Hendrick de Keyser, dates from 1609. Today it houses a restaurant. In a niche, a unicorn (the town's symbol) holds a shield on which is a horn of plenty.

  • 11 Grote Oost

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote Oost

    The houses in this street which are closer to the square lean a great deal and are topped with impressive carved balustrades in rococo style. At No. 43, note the Foreest house (Foreestenhuis) dating from 1724, which bears the name of Nanning van Foor..

  • 12 Oosterkerk (East Church)

    Religious buildings

    This church dating from the 15C and 16C is covered with a façade dating from the early 17C and topped with a charming small wooden steeple. Now restored, it is largely used for cultural events.

  • 13 Bossuhuizen (The Bossu Houses)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    On the façades of these houses are friezes in relief illustrating the naval battle of 1573 in which Admiral Bossu was defeated. The façade on the left is typical of the old shops of Hoorn. Its ground floor is topped with tall, narrow bay windows, sep..

  • 14 Oude Doelenkade

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Oude Doelenkade

    On the quayside in the picturesque inner harbour of Binnehaven, all along which are old warehouses, note the decorative stones on the façades of Nos. 21 and 17-19, connected with sailing. In fine weather, many large yachts gather here and manoeuvre u..

  • 15 Hoofdtoren

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Built in 1532 to watch over the main entrance to the harbour, this tower was topped in 1651 with a small wooden steeple. On the back of the tower is a sculpture of a unicorn, the town's symbol. Since 1968, a trio of ship's boys (a bronze sculpture by..

  • 16 Bierkade

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    It was on this quay that boats from Hamburg and Bremen used to unload their barrels of beer. There are some interesting façades to be seen (Nos.10 and 13) At No. 4, two old cheese warehouses house the Museum of the Twentieth Century (Museum van de Tw..

  • 17 Westfries Museum (West Friesland Museum)

    Museums and art

    Rode Steen 1

    This Baroque building, the former headquarters of the State College, dates back to 1632. Its tall façade, with coloured shields and cornices topped with lions, is noteworthy. The museum houses fine collections of archaeology, decorative arts, furnitu..

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