Best Tourist Attraction and Top Things to do in Hoorn

Best Tourist Attraction and Top Things to do in Hoorn: Westfries Museum, De Hoofdtoren, Marque, Oude Waegh, Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw.

Westfries Museum

Housed in the former seat of the Staten-College (States’ Council), the body that once governed seven towns in Noord-Holland. This absorbing museum has a rich collection of historical paintings – so rich that it was the target of art theft in 2005, when paintings worth €10 million were stolen (and are still missing). Fortunately four large group portraits of prominent

De Hoofdtoren

A spiralling red-brick staircase leads up to this exquisite restaurant inside Hoorn’s historic Hoofdtoren. In a candlelit bare-boards space, it serves high-end fare – truffle risotto; beef steak with polenta, ruccola staampot (mash) and red-wine jus; sole with sautéed spinach – at good-value prices; reservations are recommended. On the ground floor, its bar has outdoor pavement seating in summer


Marque’s kitchen is at the cutting edge, creating dishes like foie gras, beetroot, apple and hibiscus terraine; Gillareau oysters poached in Champagne. Gillareau oysters poached in Champagne; plaice with seaweed and algae; spring lamb with new potatoes and honey jus; and passionfruit soufflé with white chocolate. It’s set in a red-shuttered canal-side house, with a mezzanine loft and pavement tables in fine weather. Book ahead.

Oude Waegh

On the main square in the splendid Waag building, this local gathering place has a terrace strung with fairylights and a bustling dining room where you can dine on lunchtime dishes such as steak sandwiches. e you can dine on lunchtime dishes such as steak sandwiches, fish burgers and beef carpaccio with pesto and parmesan, or evening meals such as steak with pepper sauce, and satay-chicken skewers with cassava chips.

Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw

In the vast former prison on Oostereiland, south of the Hoofdtoren, this entertaining museum is devoted to household goods and modern inventions.