Top attractions 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.
These six former eel-smoking houses present Marken's maritime history and include a recreated fisherman's home interior from the 20th century.
Noted for its wooden ship models dangling from the walls, this protestant church dates
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
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.
"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
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.
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.
"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."
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.
If you plan to spend more than just a day of sightseeing, you'll find two hotels directly
in the center of Marken.
- LanguageDutch and lots of English
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+31
- Best time to visitMay 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.
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What people are saying about Marken
I was pleasantly surprised that the tour offered so much to see and do, and was so much fun! And in light of its costs, this tour offers excellent value for money. Credit goes to the team of professional guides (Ian, Semlina & Harold) and driver.
If I have to put in one word - wonderful! From start to end, we were taken good care of, lots of interesting facts and stories were presented by the knowledgable guide Sandra (Thank you so much, Sandra! And thank you, Nick for he safe driving!). So many activities and hands-on experience in various workshops were included that there was not one minute to feel bored! Great value for what it is worth and weather was favourable too which is always a bonus in windy, wintry, mid-March Holland! Really pleased with the choice of places and quite informative - one gets to see the Netherlands in a snapshot of a few hours! Highly recommend!!! If you do one thing outside of Amsterdam - that has to be it! PS: quite strict with leaving times but that is not a bad thing as when travelling as a group, and visiting more than one place. It is only fair to everybody- so make sure you have a good watch with you!
The tour company and guide were very professional and we had an excellent day out. I would have no problem recommending this tour to anyone.
Loved the windmill tour, the dutch wooden shoe factory and the cheese tasting. The countryside was amazing. The tour guides gave lots of good information to supplement the audio. I wish it was a little bit longer to allow for more time at the windmill and dutch shoe factory. Otherwise, great tour!!!
My sister & I thoroughly enjoyed the outing, partly because of the agreeable mood of Dutch weather but mostly thanks to profesional, caring & very hospitable of the tour crew. Thank you Dione, Caran & our lovely driver for such a plessant day. You guys Rock. xoxox Tessa & Sady (UK)