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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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