The 17th-century town center of Hoorn, a small municipality in North Holland. Hoorn used to be one of the most important trading cities, alongside Amsterdam and Enkhuizen in the 17th century. It was one of the wealthiest cities then. During Holland’s ‘Golden Age’, it was an important base for the Dutch East India Company and a very prosperous centre of trade. The fleet from Hoorn crossed oceans and returned with precious commodities such as spices. That rich historical past is still evident today. It is best traveled on foot. It can be reached by trains from Amsterdam, the Hague or any point in Netherlands. While here, don’t forget to visit the 21st century museum, a nice depository of how clothes, toys, technology and music have evolved through the centuries.