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The 7 Best Things to Do in Marken

The former island of Marken, connected by a causeway since 1957, boasts a seafaring
heritage exemplary of Noord Holland. If the sight of clogs at the front door of quaint,
wooden houses gets you excited while visiting, you can see how they're made right here.

Marker Museum

Marker Museum

These six former eel-smoking houses present Marken's maritime history and include a recreated fisherman's home interior from the 20th century.

Marken Grote Kerk

Marken Grote Kerk

Noted for its wooden ship models dangling from the walls, this protestant church dates
to 1904.

The Clog Experience

The Clog Experience

The Wooden Shoe Factory has been making this iconic footwear for over one hundred
years. Demonstrations on clog production take place daily, and feel free to try one on for
size.

Volendam Day Trip

Volendam Day Trip

Once a main fishing port, Volendam is only a half hour from Marken. The harbor boasts
shops and fish stands, and rows of wooden houses along quaint streets.

Edam Day Trip

Edam Day Trip

"The small town of Edam is a half hour away, and the Cheese Market is abuzz with a
re-enactment of daily life from its heydey, held on Wednesdays from 10:30AM - 12:30PM
(July/August)."

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

Not only noted for its charming wooden houses, the town on the Zaan, just 30 minutes
from Marken, also boasts eight well-preserved windmills, each having their own name.

Cycle Tour

Cycle Tour

You can download an app that offers various route planners that include the most scenic
routes, or even one with windmills. Itineraries can take the entire day or just half.

Planning Your Marken Visit

How many days to spend in Marken?

"You can easily spend a nice day visiting Marken's attractions, but if you like the idea of
tranquil island life, then add another day or two."

Getting around

The center of Marken is compact and car-free, and you won't have a problem exploring by
foot. Alternatively, you can rent a bike.
If you plan to arrive from Amsterdam on a day-trip, bus 311 departs from the north side of
the Central Station and takes 35 minutes to reach Marken. There's also a regular ferry
service from Volendam and Edam, and the journey is about 25 minutes.

Where to stay in Marken

If you plan to spend more than just a day of sightseeing, you'll find two hotels directly
in the center of Marken.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    May and June are the best times to visit, when the temperatures are mild, rainfall is low, the landscape is in bloom, and the traditionally dressed locals are out and about in the streets.

Things to Do in Marken

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What people are saying about Marken

Absolutely outstanding - the best we've have in Europe thus far

This was an absolutely fantastic tour - it knocked our socks off way exceeding my expectations. It was relatively quick (half day) with three great sites and a boat ride. Above all, the tour guide Steve (Esteph?) the Rock was just incredible! The other tour guides were excellent too, very kind and competent, but Steve the bus driver was out of this world. He played a piano keyboard on the bus and sang songs (extremely well), was incredibly friendly and sincerely interested in making it the best tour ever, helped the guides during all the tours, was uber enthusiastic, took time to walk with us and show us things himself, carried souvenir bags for other guests, etc. I'm use to the bus driver remaining silent and driving the bus. Steve is nothing less than a prodigy when it comes to this line of work. I've never experienced a tour guide like him and couldn't recommend him higher. I'd go WAY out of my way to get on his bus with him and his fellow tour guides. Not enough words, but thanks!

This is a great tour and I definitely recommend it!

Thank you, this was the highlight of Amsterdam. We went in at the back of the windmill village and got to experience it quietly and private. We went to a little farm where they still make the wooden shoed by hand. We understood that this was the only place around where they still make them by hand. We stayed away from the mass in Volendam and the guide gave us the option to go with him to a local and unique fishing village. Wow, all by ourselves with the locals. Thank you so much to take us of the tracks and show us the real thing tol! Good luck!!!

Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/10/2019

Good day of visiting the local area. excellent tour guide

The day is well thought out and our tour guide was excellent. They should have included radio earpieces so we could hear the guide at all times, There were many instances when we missed what he had to say due to the group size and that he started speaking before the group had re-gathered at each stage of the tour. As with these types of tours there wasn't really enough time at each location, but it did mean we saw a lot of things in one day

A great day, definitely a recommendation

We enjoyed a great day in the villages near Amsterdam with our guide Apostolis. The small group was definitely a good decision - we had time for pictures and shopping. We learned a lot about Dutch history and architecture and definitely recommend this tour!

Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour Reviewed by Stefaniya, 06/16/2019

Great day experiencing the beauty of The Netherlands

The tour gave enough time to enjoy each of the locations we visited. The lunch was delicious and our tour guide was fabulous. Great knowledge of the area and easy to talk to. Really recommend this tour for everyone. My teenagers loved it as well!