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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.
1. 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.
2. Marken Grote Kerk
Noted for its wooden ship models dangling from the walls, this protestant church dates
3. 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
4. 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.
5. 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
6. 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.
7. 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 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."
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
- Dutch and lots of English
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- 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.
Other Sightseeing Options in Marken
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What people are saying about Marken
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Our guide Xavi was amazing, very knowledgable and he presented everything on the tour in a very fun way. Tour is very well organized. We highly recommend it
Fantastic trip to know the country of amazing people and friendly atmosphere. Ian and Tim were excellent company. Their sense of humour was superb!!!
This tour was awesome! We got to see so much in one day. We really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it!
We had an amazing tour guide Rob and all the places were great, would definitely recommend the trip!