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.
- Dutch and lots of English
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
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- 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.
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What people are saying about Marken
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!
I really liked the first part of this trip in which we saw the windmills and we have the chance to enter in the mill that cut the woods. Also the houses all round in Holland style were very nice. Then we moved to Marken to discover how Holland make up the characteristic clogs. During the transfer in the bus an expert guide explained us some cultural aspect of the country and also an audio guide was available in the bus in different languages. After Marken we took a boat to go to visit the typical cheese factory in Volendam, in my opinion we spent too much time in Volendam (better to spend this time visiting the windmills) also because it is a very small village and there was no much to do or visit in it. In our free time we walked around the houses and we had a drink.
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!!!
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!
Great tour with very friendly guides who were very helpful and patient with all the tourists. A small suggestion to increase the time at the windmills if possibly to give some more time for the tourists to explore the museums and small shops.