De Buitenpoorter


Many activities are available in the immediate area.

By boat

There is an extensive network of waterways in the area that takes you through Avenhorn-De Goorn, Berkhout, Bobeldijk, Hoorn and Grosthuizen. This network was created through land consolidation of the Westerkogge back in the Eighties. The waterways are suitable for barges, rowing boats and canoes. The route takes you past various village centers, through the open landscape and past some recreational areas of which De Hulk is the largest. Ask us about the possibilities.


Westfriesland is a wonderful place to recreate in the wild. For those who enjoy walking and cycling, there are many trips across and around the dike. The number of nature reserves in this region is expanding and new cycling and walking paths are constantly being constructed.

From Cafe Les Deux Ponts at 1.4 kilometers away, hiking trails start. On the grass dikes of the Noordelijk Beemsterringdijk and Beetskoogpolder you can look out over old and new land. There are marked routes of 5.5 - 7 - 10.5 - 13.5 and 14 km.

Every first and third Sunday of the month there is a walk at 14:00 with a theme led by a nature guide. There are summer evening walks from May to August.

Photo-puzzle tour in the heart of Hoorn

The VOC city of Hoorn has a rich history. You see them not only in the old center, but of course also at the port. It seems as if time has stood still. The sails are hoisted, the deck is swallowed and you can still smell the spices the VOC took with them from his travels from the Far East. Of course you can sit here extremely well on a terrace; after all, there is enough to see on and around the water. The best way to get to know the city is through a city walk in the form of a photo puzzle tour. Ask us about the possibilities.

City walk: With or without a guide, see VVV Hoorn.

By push bike

The area is very suitable for exploring by bike. You can rent a bike at Fietswereld Keizer in De Goorn about 1.8 km away. You can experience a different way of cycling on the cycling track in Alkmaar. Here you can follow a two-hour track clinic where you experience track cycling like never before.


Bowling Spierdijk is 5 kilometers away. You can also play indoor miniature golf or old Dutch games here next to bowling.


Hoorn has no less than five museums. The Westfries Museum shows the distant past of the city, while the Museum of the Twentieth Century is a feast of recognition for the older youngsters among us. With the steam tram Hoorn-Medemblik you travel in time. The Affichemuseum and the Toy Museum are also worth a visit.

Fairy tale wonderland

“Sprookjeswonderland” is located in Enkhuizen. Fairytale Wonderland is a theme park entirely dedicated to fairytales. In the park different fairy tales are depicted by means of (moving) dolls and houses. There are also various attractions, which are also dedicated to different fairy tales.

Zuiderzee Museum

The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen has an indoor and an outdoor museum. The outdoor museum consists of a walking park with authentic old buildings from the former Zuiderzee area. There is a mill, a lime kiln, an eel smokehouse, a candy store, a pharmacy, a church, a wooden shoe factory, a cheese warehouse, a school, a hairdresser and a harbor. From April to November there is plenty of activity in the outdoor museum with typical old-Dutch activities, such as Dutch games, making rope and making a wooden boat. There are also demonstrations of old crafts.

The indoor museum consists of temporary exhibitions and a ship hall with real (fishing) boats. Thetemporary exhibitions establish links between the collection and contemporary developments. Classic Dutch themes get a surprising approach. The building complex of the indoor museum is owned by the State (Government Buildings Agency).