Top attractions in Marken
Our most recommended things to do in Marken
1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken Day Trip
A visit to Amsterdam and the Netherlands would not be complete without having seen the picturesque Dutch countryside. First stop is the quaint village of Zaanse Schans, where you will walk around and be able to admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Next, head to the fishing village of Volendam. Visit a cheese shop that still makes cheese using the traditional Dutch method. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant, before visiting the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery. In Volendam, try to spot the recognizable Dutch traditional costumes often featured on tourist postcards and posters. Afterwards travel back in time to the quaint island community of Marken.
Fantastic day out with a great tour guide and driver, who kept us entertained. Plenty time giving to see everything and the demonstrations were excellent. Highly recommend this tour
2. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip
Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on this amazing tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. The tour starts from Amsterdam’s Central Station and heads to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Spend some time admiring the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer and learn from the cheese master about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Then, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this ...
Wonderful interesting tour. I saw many out-of-the way places that I enjoyed so much. Slow pace so we can take photos. Very good English-speaking. Price for value is Excellent! Highly recommend, top marks.
3. Volendam: Express Boat Cruise to Marken Island
Make the most of your time in the Netherlands and visit the traditional harbor villages of Volendam and Marken with a one-way or return trip ticket. Hop onboard the vessel from Volendam Harbor, then begin the tranquil 30-minute cruise to Marken where plenty of sightseeing and scenic views await. As you sail, marvel at stunning views of the coastline and learn about the former Zuiderzee area from an insightful audioguide. Along the way, admire the colorful rows of fishermen’s houses that line the shore and get a sense of local life in the village. Upon arrival in Marken, disembark the boat then head off to explore the island at your own pace. On the island, be amazed by the differences between Volendam and Marken despite their close proximity. When the adventure is over, make your way back to the vessel for the return journey to Volendam. The boat operates daily (starting with departure...
4. Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour
Depart Amsterdam by luxury bus on this 8-hour, small group, Spanish-language tour and head north of the city to see the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on the banks of the river Zaan. Explore the traditional 17th-century houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. Continue on to visit Edam, a beautiful town known worldwide for its cheese. Before the end the day, go to Volendam and Marken, passing many authentic polders, the name given to land reclaimed from the sea. Wander down narrow streets, past colorful houses and visit the harbors full of fishing boats. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs and sample the local fish specialties. Back in Amsterdam, you will be dropped off at the meeting point.
I have to say this was one if the not the most incredible tour we’ve had so far! I want to start off by saying that our guide Estefanía was the best in every possible way to describe it, incredibly knowledgeable about each of the sites we visited in North Holland, super accommodating of our individual needs and of the group, managed tour time perfectly well, and overall a super sweet, exemplary tour guide which others should emulate! The tour itself was breathtaking, impressive sceneries and activities, the towns we visited were honestly so beautiful they looked like scenes taken out from movies or posters! Will definitely book with Camaleon again, and hopefully we’re booked with the same AWESOME tour guide! Gracias Estefanía de parte de la familia Soto-Rivero. :)
5. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days
Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT). You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilve...
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.
6. From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills Tour
The first stop on this 8-hour trip from Amsterdam will be the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the region of Waterland, and visit the villages of Edam, Volendam and Marken. Your guide will tell you about the history of each place and the churches and traditional houses of the 15th century. Visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. Learn how they produce world-famous Dutch cheeses as well. Spend some of your free time enjoying a meal (not included in the tour price), before returning to Amsterdam at around 5:30 PM.
Was a good day out of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam,and to learn a bit about The Netherlands.
7. Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings
Start your tour in the famous old-harbor of Volendam, soak up the fishing village atmosphere and pick up souvenirs. See the famous maze Doolhof with small streets and cute houses, dress up in the Volendam costume and get photographed. Move on to Katwoude, known for its cheese farms. Visit the traditional cheese farm and taste the different types of cheese. Head to Monnickendam, known for its smokehouses, 3 churches, and shipyards. See the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks, the old harbor, and charming terraces. Explore the city center and head to the harbor to check out the boats. Stop at a canalside cafe for a drink and a snack. Visit a nice restaurant in Monnickendam and enjoy a lunch. Continue to the former island Marken, formerly an isolated island. See its characteristic houses, pleasant ambiance and the beautiful view over the Gouwzee and the Markermeer. Stop at the v...
8. Volendam: E-Fatbike Rental
Depart from the old harbor in Volendam on your super cool E-fatbike to explore multiple villages. Along the route you will see a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows, a countless number of cows and sheep and you will cross the famous Dutch dikes. You will be cruising on top of the dike, so you can see (and even dive into!) the lake, the 'Gouwzee'. You can also ride meters below sea level along the dike to experience how the Dutch locals live behind the dikes. From Volendam you can either choose or be advised which villages you would like to visit with your E-fatbike. Within one hour you can perfectly visit Edam, an almost 800 year old town north of Volendam. Edam is famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals, the beautiful façades of the cozy houses and the unique small boutiques. Also Edam is known for its cheese market where visitors can both taste and purchase a various n...
9. Marken, Volendam and Edam: Private Full-Day Tour
Explore the beautiful Dutch countryside with this full-day tour from Amsterdam. Meet your local guide at your hotel in Amsterdam and enjoy a scenic 45-minute ride to the island of Marken. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Marken and enjoy stunning views over the Markermeer, then have visit a local mini museum to discover how the people of Marken used to live. Continue your tour with a lovely 30-minute boat ride across the lake towards Volendam, where you will embark on a short walking tour of the famous fisherman village. Explore its labyrinth, see its unique former fish auction building, and then make your way to a local cheese shop to sample some local cheese. After some free time to explore Volendam, set off for the next stop on the tour: the charming medieval village of Edam. Visit Edam's former town hall, the floating cellar, as well as the oldest wooden house in town bef...
Our guide was wonderful, full of enthusiasm, information and was flexible. We could not have been happier!
10. Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour
The first stop on your tour from Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans, an old industrial village where windmills were used for a variety of purposes. The few windmills that have survived have been restored to their original function. You’ll see a water mill, an oil mill, a paint mill, and a spice mill. Near Zaanse Schans the area is famous for its traditional green timbered houses and warehouses. See the famous fishing village of Volendam, visit the famous harbor, take a stroll on the dike, and have a photo taken in traditional Volendammer costume. Visit a cheese factory, where you’ll see a demonstration about Dutch cheese and learn everything there is to know about making it. You can taste and smell the different cheeses produced at the factory. Get to know the famous fish dishes of the village by having lunch at one of the restaurants by the harbor (not included in the tour price). Afterward...
It was a great Tour . We enjoyed every second of the Trip. Our Tour Guide Goulven was great!!!! He made a great Job and we would recommend everyone to book this excursion. Lovely places to see and lovely people to meet. Thank you!!
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.
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What people are saying about Marken
It is a good Tour to see all These Places in a short time if you dont have a car. The Guide made a great Job by describing history and interessting facts in a funny way.
Laura was our guide for the coach trip. She was excellent. Very friendly and helpful. Full of energy and knowledge. Enjoyed it very much
Very nice to get information about the Netherlands as a Dutch person, as foreigners get it. Nice guide and good driver. Nice excursion.
The guidenwas very helpful, i arrived late and I could catch them in some point to take the rest of the tour
great experience.. and the tour guide was very accomodating.. big plus!