Hoorn: city of monuments
Hoorn is buzzing! This historic city with its unique waterside location is a living monument. Over the years Hoorn has retained its international character. Hoorn’s 71,000 inhabitants, representing around 80 different nationalities, live in the old city centre and the districts built around it. In Hoorn, young and old coexist happily. This goes for both the people and the buildings. Modern architecture is carefully blended into the historical townscape. Hoorn is a compact, complete town with a good location. Next to the A7 and with a direct rail connection to Amsterdam and Schiphol, Hoorn is practically on the doorstep of the Netherlands Randstad area. Set in rural surroundings on the shore of the Ijsselmeer, Hoorn is a great place to live and work and spend your leisure time. The beating heart of West Friesland. Hoorn has a rich past. In the Golden Age, Hoorn was as one of the six bases of the Dutch East India Company, a prosperous and powerful trading town. This prosperity can still be seen in the historical town centre with its atmosphere of bygone eras. Listed buildings are an integral part of everyday life, providing space for shops, offices, museums and homes. The former Oostereiland prison complex is an extraordinary site, with future plans for a mix of housing, workplaces, culture and bars and restaurants. Beyond the town itself, the former villages of Westerblokker and Zwaag boast many historical treasures. After Amsterdam and Haarlem, Hoorn is the third monument city in North Holland.