10 Amazing Facts about Hoorn

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  1. Old Legend says that Hoorn was be founded by Hornus, Hornus would have established a settlement In 716, Western Friesland. However, this is just a legend.

  2. Hoorn was established as a city in 1357, city rights were given by Willem V.

  3. After Amsterdam, Hoorn is the next most important city.

  4. On the 26th of March 2018, Hoorn will celebrate 666 years as a city.

  5. Cape Horn, the most southerly point of the Americas, was named after the town by Willem Schouten, who circled it in 1616.

  6. The Hoorn Islands of the Oceanian nation of Wallis and Futuna are also named after this city.

  7. Hoorn is connected to the Dutch railway network and has two stations: Hoorn and Hoorn Kersenboogerd.

  8. Stephan van den Berg was the world’s first Olympian windsurfer, he was born in Hoorn.

  9. The town hosts a popular cheese market which includes presentations about cheese production, performances and even activities for children

  10. Hoorn had a population of 72,707 in 2017


Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn

Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn

Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn is a museum situated in the harbour area of Hoorn, it’s a beautiful location with access to the large open waters of the Marker and Ijsselmeer, the ship in which the museum is situated in is the living memory of the history of the city and Holland, Hoorn was once a popular place for visiting ships of the traditional charter fleet.

The museum includes a collection of sailing monuments from sail fishing and cargo sailing and also highlights the maritime history of Hoorn, its International trade and horn and the water. the next complex was established in 2013 by the Municipality of Hoorn.

Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn

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How to get there

  • By Train: The Hoorn Train Station is located about 15 minutes walk from the harbour.
  • By Foot: The Harbour is located about 5 to 15 minutes walk from any where in the city.

Opening Hours


Monday Closed
Tueday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM




Address: Schuijteskade 22, 1621 DE Hoorn, Netherlands

Verhalenark in Hoorn

Verhalenark in Hoorn

The Verhalenark in Hoorn is based on Noah’s Ark, its the first floating Bible museum in the world and was designed to be same as the original ark based from the bibles description of the ark, the Bible states that the Ark is about a hundred and forty meters long, however the Verhalenark is only seventy meters long and 13 meter high, making it only half the size of the original ark described in the bible however its still a massive ship, it just about fits through the marina of Schagen.

The Verhalenark has been designed to sail the world, its previously been in the ports of Schagen, Rotterdam, Sliedrecht, Arnhem, Amsterdam, Drachten and Aalsmeer, however on Friday 25th of August 2017 the Ark will be sailing to Hoorn until 28th February 2018, to give its visitors an impression of the ship and the stories behind it.

Verhalenark was made by Johan Huibers from Schagen and was bought by Aad Peters in 2010, who now manages the Ark. The exhibition was made by more than fifteen international artists, commissioned and by ideas from Aad Peters.

Since its opening in 2010 the museum had more then 400,000 people visit this exhibition.

the Verhalenark is seventy meters long and 13 meter high



Ticket Type Price
Adult €14.50
Children  up to 12 Years old €9.50
Children under 2 Years old  Free Entry
Students and Seniors reduced rate  €12.50
Family Ticket 2 adults and 2 children €40.00
+Each additional child €6.50


Opening Hours


Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tueday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wedneday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM



Address: Oostereiland, 1621 Hoorn, Netherlands

Westfries Museum

Watertaxi halte Westfries Museum

The Westfries Museum is a historical and cultural museum situated in Hoorn, it was opened on the 10th of January 1880, the building originally belonged to the Gecommitteerde Raden van West-Friesland en het Noorderkwartier, as a part of the Staten van Holland en West-Friesland, the Museum comprises over 30,000 objects

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10 Facts You Might Not Know About Deventer

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  1. Deventer hosts the largest book fair in Europe.

  2. The female Jewish poet and writer Etty Hillesum lived in Deventer during the war before being deported to Auschwitz.

  3. During the production of the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far, all of the scenes taking place in nearby Arnhem were filmed in Deventer.

  4. Deventer was most likely founded around 768 by the English missionary Lebuinus.

  5. Deventer was one of the first cities to be equipped with printing press, from 1477.

  6. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel.

  7. Deventer received city rights in 956.

  8. The old streets around the Bergkerk, known as Bergkwartier (Mountain Quarter) situated on and around an old river dune.

  9. Deventer is the birthplace of Geert Groote, was a Dutch Roman Catholic deacon, who was a popular preacher and the founder of the Brethren of the Common Life.

  10. In 2005 the municipality of Bathmen was merged with Deventer as part of a national effort to reduce bureaucracy in the country.

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Sports and Event Center De Scheg

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De Scheg is a sports and event center in Deventer, part of the sports complex is a skating rink, which has been around since 1992. Within the complex contains a subtropical swimming pool and gyms.

Elder Margriet de Jager opened the sports complex for the public on October 8, 2011. A week later, the 42nd IJsselcup was won. De Scheg is the number six on the list of fastest ice rinks in the Netherlands in January 2017.

Major championships
1993 – NK distances men / women
1998 – NK allround men / women
2000 – NK distances men / women
2011/2012 – Holland Cup Final

Sports and Event Center De Scheg

Map Location

Piet van Donkplein 1, 7422 LW, Deventer, The Netherlands

Deventer Statistics and figures


Deventer in numbers



Population 98,510 (2017)
Population Density 1,950/sq mi (2017)
Families 44,658 (2015)
Males % 49.5 (2015)
Females % 50.5 (2015)
Foreigners % 4.7 (2015)
Average age (years) 40.2 (2015)
Age Group Population Year Updated
0-14 years 17,057 (2017)
15-64 years 65,127 (2017)
65+ years 17,111 (2017)
Urbanization Population Year Updated
Highly urbanized 25,290 (2017)
Strongly urbanized 23,590 (2017)
Moderately urbanized 26,070 (2017)
Lowly urbanized 15,220 (2017)
Rural 9,130 (2017)




Postal code: 7400 – 7438
GPS coordinates: 52.255, 6.164
Local dialing code: 0570
Province: Overijssel
Longitude 6.163890
Latitude 52.255000
Elevation: 12 m
Time Zone AMT
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Number of Parks 3 (2017)
Number of Museums 15 (2017)
Number of Hospitals 3 (2017)




Railway stations 2
Number of airports 2


Geert Groote Huis Museum

Geert Groote Huis, netherlands

The Museum Geert Groote Huis is totally devoted to Deventenaar Geert Groote, lived between 1340 – 1384.He’s called the founder of the ‘Modern Devotion’. This renewal movement was a personal embodiment of faith and sincere life and a personal embodiment of faith.

The Museum offers the the interactive timeline can reveal what happened in his life and performances and walks.

To date inspire the ideas of Geert Groote. The foundation of the first chapel of the Brothers of the Common Life, located at the Lamme of Dieseplein, is why the Geert Groote Huis is built. How he came to his insight, why he criticized the church and society and why his mind is still up to date.

The museum brings modern day technology such as Virtual Reality and places you back in time to the beginning of the 16th century. Within the virtual chapel you can also marry a beautiful psalter.


The Geert Groote Huis Museum VR

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Adults: € 5 / $5.96 / £4.41

Children between 6 to 18 yrs:  € 3/ $3.58 / £2.65

Children under 6 yrs: free of charge.

Groups from 10 people (adults) € 4 per person

Groups from 10 people (up to 18 years) € 2,50 per person


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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM–5:00 PM

The Geert Groote Huis is closed on all public holidays.


The Geert Groote Huis Museum

Map Location

Address: Lamme van Dieseplein 4, 7411 LX Deventer, Netherlands

Museum MORE Dutch Modern Realism

Deventer Netherland Museum MORE

Museum MORE is the largest museum for Dutch Modern Realism, The collection was acquired by Hans Melchers and containing works by leading Dutch realist artistes of the past 100 years.

Hans Melchers acquired the collection with the intention of gathering top works of Dutch Modern Realistic and making it accessible to a wider audience.

Museum MORE has prime pieces by:

Carel Willink
Jan Mankes
Pyke Koch
Charley Toorop

Their work is related to that of other artists who mixed fiction and reality, The collection is a significant part of the Dutch national cultural heritage.

The museum building was designed by the celebrated Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk, who was also responsible for the reconstruction of the Van Gogh Museum and the Hermitage in Amsterdam also the Mauritshuis in the Hague.

The More Museum offers more then just collection of historic importance but also a museum shop, a private cafe and cyclists can use e-bikes charging points. Inside the museum there is WiFi and there are charging points for smartphones and tablets.

Museum MORE
Credit: Arnout Killian

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Adults: €18 / £15.96 / $21.61
Youth (6-18 years): € 5/ £4.43 / $6.00
Children (0-5 years): Free

Special rates for groups of 10 or more people and offer guided tours. Contact Museum


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Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Christmas Holiday Closed


Museum MORE
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Map Location

Address: Hoofdstraat 28, 7213 CW Gorssel, Netherlands

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