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 (€)
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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
I like the company that provided this tour ExperienceWaterland.com. The guide Jan was smart, informed and good natured. Zaan Schaans windmills was fun and very interesting! Who knew windmills were so diverse and task specific. I felt the additional admission to go inside the lumber cutting windmill was very much worth it. Volendam was so over crowded and touristy, like a Disneyland version of a Dutch village. The final stop was a quiet village very pretty not touristy at all but no activity, and very wealthy so not exactly one’s countryside Dutchlife. The Netherlands is a victim of its own success; every traditionally popular place is so jam packed with hundrededs of 60 to 80 person bus loads of people that it has lost the character that made it great. I give this tour a lot of credit for at least trying to find quieter places .
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!!!
There were four of us on our tour and the trip was fantastic from start to finish. It was a lovely insight into Holland and the Dutch way of life, from Windmills to Clog Making and Cheese Tasting, along with beautiful scenery the half day trip was thoroughly enjoyable. Teun our guide was amazing he was friendly, easygoing, knowledgeable and patient. Making the experience really customer centred, which l don't think a large coach trip tour could achieve. This trip is definitely worthwhile!
We totally enjoyed our tour, after a mix-up with the scheduling. I booked this trip months ago, but when we got there it was overbooked. We opted for the afternoon tour, which our guide graciously invited us to. There were only 5 in the car, so we had a lot time with the guide. That was great! The only problem with the afternoon tour was that everything was terribly crowded and it was difficult to see everything in a timely fashion since was mid-afternoon.
This was awesome and a highlight of our 10-day Netherlands trip! I wish we had been able to do the same in other places in Holland. Great fun and so easy, having a small group tour makes all the difference. We saw so much and think this is the best way to travel as opposed to having to figure out everything on our own. Worth every penny and highly recommend!