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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 5,179 reviews

This is a very nice tour and totally worth doing. Very good and fair price for what you get. This is really a must if you are in Amsterdam and you have the whole day available. The guides, Santiago and Mariane, together with the driver Steve are super nice and kind!! They make you trip even more enjoyable!

Ich hatte so viel Spaß, alles war in Ordnung und pünktlich, bezaubernde Plätze und schöne Orte. Ich wollte mich besonders bei meiner Reiseführerin, Daniela, bedanken, sie war ganz freundlich und liebe und hat alle Mühe gegeben um alles perfekt zu sein

A really well structured and informative day. We saw lots of different things from Clogs to cheese to windmills, but also had plenty of time to relax along the way. It kept our 3 boys (14, 12 and 8) interested all day which is high praise indeed.

It is really a good option to travel in amsterdam and its region. The only bad aspect of it is that you can not active it online and you must go to the centers to active it. So online sale is a joking.

It was very nice tour, a lot of information and funny stories. Great guide, bus, location. A really can recommend this!