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Top attractions in Marken

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

    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.

  • Marken Grote Kerk

    2. Marken Grote Kerk

    Noted for its wooden ship models dangling from the walls, this protestant church dates
    to 1904.

  • The Clog Experience

    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

  • Volendam Day Trip

    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.

  • Edam Day Trip

    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

  • Zaanse Schans

    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.

  • Cycle Tour

    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."

  • 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
  • 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,442 reviews

This is a must if you are visiting Amsterdam and want to make the most of a short city break. The trip was amazing. It captured some of the key things to see and experience in the country side as well as the esence of the country, all topped up with an amazing driver and a funny and entertaining guide! Enjoyed every second of it and it was worth every cent we paid for the 5.5 hours.

Great tour, it was nice to see countryside of the Netherlands, and learn a little about the history. Beautiful sites. Smooth tour. Tour Guide Xavi was very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Highly recommend this tour.

It was great! Our guide was awesome and it was a jam packed day. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend others to do it too!

Great organization, we managed to see a lot of beautiful typical things and landscapes!

Had a wonderful trip. Laura Garcia was our guide and she was awesome. Highly recommend.