Hoorn Tourist Traps

  • View at the Roode Steen of Hoorn.
    View at the Roode Steen of Hoorn.
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  • Roode Steen seen from the amazing Waag building.
    Roode Steen seen from the amazing Waag...
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  • Paulien and I at the Waag.
    Paulien and I at the Waag.
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    Roode Steen – Natural centre of Hoorn.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 28, 2013

    The city of Hoorn was founded in 716 and did grow very rapidly to become a major harbour town. During Holland's 'Gouden Eeuw' (Golden Age) Hoorn was a very important home base for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and a very prosperous centre of trade. The remains of this historical period can still be seen right here. For example you will find the Westfries Museum established in a monumental building dating back to 1632. On the other side of the square the beautiful building of the Waag (built in 1609) is situated. Finally the statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen (founder of Batavia) stands right at the middle of the square.

    The main square (called Roode Steen) on which all these beautiful historical buildings are situated, is the natural centre of the city of Hoorn: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 14th century.

    Address: Roode Steen, Hoorn.
    Directions: The famous and historical square Roode Steen is right at the city centre and you can’t miss it.

    View at the Roode Steen of Hoorn. The Koepelkerk seen from the Roode Steen.
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    • Historical Travel

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    Roode Steen – Amazing buildings.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 28, 2013

    Without a doubt is the Roode Steen the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)

    At the west part of the square you will see a true magnificent building. You won’t miss the Westfries Museum as it truly stands out to the square. Right now it is an interesting museum, but it was built in 1632 as a part of the regional government called the Staten van Holland en West-Friesland. Later on it became a court.

    The second building is the amazing Waag situated at the other side of the square. The building was the center of the cheese markets during the second half of the seventeenth century. At this time Hoorn as seaport became less important, but as a trade city just went to play a greater role. At this building the cheese was weighed and right now it is a very nice restaurant. Keep in mind that it is a nice spot to sit on the terrace and enjoy all the beautiful historical buildings that the Roode Steen has to offer.

    Address: Roode Steen, Hoorn.
    Directions: The famous and historical square Roode Steen is right at the city center and you can’t miss it.

    Roode Steen seen from the amazing Waag building. Paulien and I at the Waag.
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    • Historical Travel
    • Beer Tasting
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Roode Steen – The name “Red Stone”.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 28, 2013

    Before you ever decide you want to go to Hoorn, of course you will do some research on Google about the beautiful city of Hoorn. One of the things that will intrigue you immediately is the name of this particular square, namely Roode Steen, meaning Red Stone. The square was given this name because of some truly bloody activity to be honest. In the old days people were judged and punished at this square and the punishments were chopping off limb or even worse, chopping of the head. There is still a huge red stone located at the square that reminding us of that particular period of history.

    Another thing not to miss is the statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, the founder of Batavia who was born in Hoorn in 1587. Other places of interest will be found if you just look up to the beautiful facades of the surrounding buildings, all dating back to the Golden Age of Hoorn. Maybe it is a good tip to have a cold refreshment at one of the terraces, sit on a comfortable chair, just look around and enjoy the vibrancy of this beautiful spot.

    Address: Roode Steen, Hoorn.
    Directions: The famous and historical square Roode Steen is right at the city centre and you can’t miss it.

    The Roode Steen.
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

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    tourist office

    by Carmela71 Written Nov 9, 2002

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    To get to the tourist office, Veemarkt 4, from the train station, cross the street and turn left onto Veemarkt.

    www.vvvhoorn.nl.

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