The charmingly compact town centre of Hoorn means it’s possible to fit in most of the highlights in a single day. Here are the five places we’d recommend everyone should explore on their first visit to the beautiful harbour town.
Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik – This railway museum provides wonderful passage back in time, exploring how the railways revolutionised the Netherlands. A number of fully functional (and very handsome) steam trains can be boarded and explored, giving guests the chance to ride these wonderful machines and even add fuel to the fires (if you ask nicely).
The attentive and knowledgeable staff of the museum are more than happy to chat about everything locomotive, whether you’re a train enthusiast, history buff or a more casual visitor.
Westfries Museum – Celebrating the most glorious period in Hoorn’s history, the Westfries Museum is full of artefacts and artworks from the Dutch Golden Age. The stunning 27 rooms of this museum are home to a huge selection of exhibitions and activities which transport you back in time to the thriving 17th-century Hoorn.