Activities in Hoorn- Oostereiland
Oostereiland allows you to go back in time and experience the lovely nature that Hoorn has to offer. Located next to the Grashaven, the large prison building is a real eye-catcher. Take the time to walk around the island, appreciate the view of Oostereiland on the open water (Markermeer), and enjoy great cakes and coffee at the prison-based cafe ‘Brasserie Oostereiland’.
Entrance to Oostereiland is for free. if you want to visit the Museum of the 20th Century, Cinema Oostereiland or the Halve Maen, you require a ticket.
1621 DD Hoorn
The island is accessible all day. Please check the individual attractions for the specific opening hours.
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Over the years, Oostereiland has taken different shapes, while it all started in 1662 when the artificial island appeared out of the ‘Zuiderzee’. Soon after creating the island, when the Dutch East Indian Company was flourishing, homes and warehouses were built on the island. For a long time, the island was also used by the Admiralty (marine). Looking back at the diverse history of the island, it’s most known for its prison that operated between 1829 and 2003. In 2012, a complete renovation of the complex that included the warehouses and prison was completed. Today, the buildings on the island are used as a cinema, museum, office space, apartments, restaurant and hotel. The fun fact is that the hotel rooms are actually old prison cells. On Oostereiland, you can also find the ‘Halve Maen’, which is a replica of a 17th century Dutch East Indian Company ship.
The only cinema in the city center of Hoorn, is ‘Cinema Oostereiland’. This cinema plays a great variety of local and blockbuster movies.