Welcome to Hoorn
With a magnificent horn-shaped harbour, for which it's named, a string of museums and some outstanding restaurants, Hoorn attracts plenty of skippers and weekenders. It was once the capital of West Friesland and, thanks to the presence of the Dutch merchant fleet, a mighty trading city. As a member of the league of Seven Cities, it helped free the country from the Spanish who occupied the town from 1569 to 1573.
Hoorn's most famous son, explorer Willem Schoutens, named South America's storm-lashed southern tip – Cape Horn – after his home town in 1616.