Hoorn, The Netherlands Cruise Port
Sail across the Ijsselmeer to the historic city of monuments in the ancient shipping village of the cruise port of Hoorn, The Netherlands. With 71,000 inhabitants, representing around 80 different nationalities and an attractive city center holding many historic buildings dating from the 17th century, you are guaranteed a unique and diversified experience while cruising to Hoorn. Its waterside location has made it a major center for watersports on the Ijsselmeer, helping it retain its international character. In the Golden Age, Hoorn was as one of the six bases of the Dutch East India Company contributing to the prosperity that is still visible in the architectural designs and adornments.
Here are a few of our favorite things to do while cruising to Hoorn, The Netherlands:
Take a live history class aboard the mobile Hoorn-Medemblik Museum steam tram on the most intact local railway dating back centuries ago in the Netherlands. This special museum has lovely old carriages where you get to sit back and experience how people traveled in the past while taking in the scenery of the Dutch countryside. Combine this activity with a boat trip to Medemblik for a beautiful afternoon picnic.
With a unique signature of informative and well-laid out cultural-historic exhibits, the Westfries Museum displays a variety of classical collection from the Golden Age and the story of Dutch explorers. Housed in the Statencollege that was built in 1632, there are more rooms to wander than you could imagine; each with its own atmosphere and theme. It’s a fairly large museum, considering the size of the cruise port of Hoorn, The Netherlands.
The shopping center is a real thrill for tourists because of the numerous interactions with locals. With many boutiques, gifts shops, antique and craft stores, you will have a lot to remember the quaintness of the city when you return from your cruise to Hoorn.