Volendam traditional costume

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What You'll Do
  • Lunch at a local restaurant with sea view at the harbor of Marken
  • Visit the Cheese Factory Volendam and enjoy a cheese tasting
  • Visit the wooden shoemaker’s workshop
  • Visit the Volendam Museum and Marken Museum
  • Enjoy a relaxed 30 minute boat trip on the Zuidersea
  • Travel at your own pace in your own tempo
  • Enjoy a portion of Dutch 'poffertjes'
Travel back in time to the historic villages of Volendam and Marken, reliving the culture of the fishermen, their traditional costumes and old houses that have not been changed for hundreds of years.
What to Expect
Make your own way to Volendam by simply taking the public transport bus from Amsterdam central station, to spend a day in ‘Old Holland’. Volendam is a small fishing village with a harbor full of old sailing vessels and rows of brick houses which are great examples of 17th century Dutch architecture. Being a typical fishing village with traditional houses and cottages, costumes and folklore, tourists have been beating a path here since as early as 1875. At the Volendam museum you will learn everything about this famous little village and bring a visit to the walk-in picture-theatre and cigar bands-house with mosaics and decorations of 11 million cigar-bands.

Visit the dike where you will find the Cheese Factory. At the Cheese Factory you will be given an explanation/demonstration about the cheese making process and afterwards you will have the opportunity to try the different kinds of cheese. Behind the dike nestles the "Doolhof" or labyrinth, which really is an accurate description of the random way in which the buildings and streets have been laid out.

Be welcomed onboard the Marken Express to visit the former Island Marken. Marken has a population of less than 2000, and traditional architecture abounds. Tiny paths run through the village and over canals on drawbridges. A small number of cafes have outdoor seating overlooking the small harbor, and after a stroll through town, they’re the perfect place for a restorative drink while you wait for the ferry to take you back to Volendam.

Visit the Wooden Shoe factory whilst at Marken. The Factory is located just a five minutes’ walk from the harbor. At the Wooden Shoe Factory you will see a local traditional clog maker, who will give you an enthusiastic demonstration of how a simple block of wood can be transformed into a wooden shoe in minutes. At the Wooden Shoe factory you even can take a picture of yourself in traditional Marken costume. At the end of the day you can take the ferry back to Volendam or you take the bus (public transport) back to Amsterdam.
What's Included
  • Lunch at a local restaurant at the harbor of Marken
  • Visit to Cheese Factory Volendam incl. explanation/demonstration and cheese tasting
  • Cheese Factory 10% discount coupon
  • Portion of Dutch 'poffertjes'
  • The “Marken Express” boat ride on the Zuidersea
  • Visit to a wooden shoemaker’s workshop with live demonstration
  • Wooden Shoe Factory 10% discount coupon
  • Picture taken in traditional Marken costume
  • Entrance to the Marken Museum
  • Entrance to the Volendam Museum
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Transportation
Meeting Point

Volendam-Marken Express Haven 39 1131 EP Volendam

What to Remember
• Make your own way to Volendam by public transport (or by using your own car)

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