A stroll through Hoorn's streets lined by 16th-century buildings is one of the town's greatest draws. The scenic harbour has many stately gabled houses, especially along Veermanskade. Check out the old warehouses on Bierkade, where lager was brought from Germany.

The old quarter begins about 800m southeast of the train station. From the station, walk south along broad Veemarkt to Gedempte Turfhaven, turn right and take the first left on to Grote Noord, the pedestrianised shopping street. At the end is the scenic main square, Rode Steen. The main harbour is 300m further southwest, down a road named West.