Marken Things to Do

  • Marken's Lighthouse
    Marken's Lighthouse
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  • Typical Houses on Marken
    Typical Houses on Marken
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  • On the way to Kerkbuurt
    On the way to Kerkbuurt
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    Havenbuurt and Kerkbuurt

    by King_Golo Written Jul 27, 2013
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    Havenbuurt and Kerkbuurt are the two main parts of Marken village. The harbour quarter is the more touristy part. It's here where you find most of the restaurants and tourist shops, and you've got a convenient boat connection to Volendam. Despite the fact that Havenbuurt is nice and picturesque, the more beautiful part of Marken village is the church quarter. Located on a little hill around the village's church, its charms are easily seen when you get there. The narrow alleys, the old wooden dwellings with their green and white paint, the labyrinth of passageways and the occasional glimpse of "real" (i.e. not tourist-focused) life made Kerkbuurt a wonderful place for me. With the exception of the Marken Museum, there's not exactly a lot to see in terms of traditional sights, but the quarter's own very special atmosphere makes it worth going there. And it's almost tourist free, compared with Havenbuurt.

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    Walk Round the Island

    by King_Golo Written Jul 18, 2013

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    You could limit your Marken visit to 30 minutes, check out the harbour area and a few of the picturesque green and white houses, and then take the boat back to Volendam. You could... but you'd miss the best of Marken. One great way to see more of the island, or rather ex-island, is to walk round it. It's a walk of approximately 8 or 9km, so it will take you roughly 2 hours. You'll certainly meet other tourists on the way, but there will also be long sections of the path where you don't see or hear anybody but numerous birds.
    Start at the harbour and go to either side of it, depending on which direction you want to go. The path that surrounds the island is not hard too find - there is only one -, so there's no need for directions here. I found the most beautiful bit to be the promontory with the lighthouse. While you can't access the lighthouse itself, it's more than impressive against the backdrop of the Ijsselmeer. There's also the tiniest strip of beach just next to it, so if it's warm enough you could cool your feet here. ( We didn't, as parts of the Ijsselmeer were still frozen when we were there...)
    Another thing to do is birdwatching. Countless birds enjoy picking for food on the meadows of Marken, and if you bring a good pair of binoculars, who knows what rare birds you are going to see?

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Marker Museum

    by Roeffie Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    The Marker museum was built in six historical fisherman's houses in the old center of Marken. It is partly left as a fishermans's family would live here until about 1932.

    Opening hours:
    April 1st - November 1st,
    Daily: 10.00 -17.00 (october: 11.00 - 16.00)
    Sundays: 12.00 - 16.00.

    Admission:
    Adults euro 2,50
    Children euro 1,25 (up to 12 years of age)
    Museumcard free; Holland Pass accepted
    Groups 15 persons or more 10% discount.

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    Sijtje Boes Souvenirshop

    by Roeffie Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    Sijtje Boes Souvenir Shop

    One of the first, if not the first souvenirshop of the Netherlands. Take that in mind when you walk here, otherwise you will just honour it as another souvenirshop.

    It's the history of the shop that counts!

    Everything for sale like Delft Blue, Clogs, Orange thingd, windmills and of course the more modern souvenirs.

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    Green wooden houses on stilts

    by penumbra Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    A new ground floor

    Marken is at sea level so the original inhabitants built their houses on man-made hills called ‘werven’ (werfs). Not all houses could be built on werfs, so to protect them from water, the houses were built on stilts. Now that flooding is much less likely, this space has been filled in and is used as a new ground floor. Notice though that there are still stairs up to the original main entrance of each house.

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    The harbour

    by stevezero Written Jul 16, 2005

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    Marken Harbour

    Marken has a pretty harbour. Once an important fishing harbour it now also caters for the leisure craft as well.
    The harbour is surrounded by pretty green houses. Once they were fishermen's cottages, but are now mostly tourist shops and restaurants.

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    The Harbour

    by Cheesegirl Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    harbour of Marken

    Around the small harbour, you'll find a few restaurants where you can have real Dutch pancakes, for instance. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside as well, but pay attention here. The restaurants you might notice in the first place, only have very small terraces, they are not allowed to put the chairs on the street. Since the entrance is rather high, I wouldn't recommend anyone with a wheelchair going in here. But when you look a little bit better, you'll see a restaurant with a nice terrace as well, where you won't have to sit like beans in a tin...
    The webadress I add here, is of the Royal Dutch rescue society, which has a rescue-boat in the harbour.

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    Ferry Volendam-Marken

    by Roeffie Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    Ferry Volendam-Marken

    If you like to combine two major sights in Holland on one day this ferry get you from Volendam to Marken and vice versa. Either on footh or bike it's yours to decide!

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    Marken Lighthouse

    by stevezero Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Marken Lighthouse

    Marken Lighthouse is situated a good walk away from the village.
    The present tower was built in 1839 and was declared a national monument in 1970. It stands some 51m high.

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    Green Houses

    by stevezero Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Marken Green Houses

    Marken is perhaps best known for its traditional green houses, which are still found in abundance in the village. Thay are mostly made of wood and are often tightly grouped together.

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    Clog Makers

    by stevezero Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Marken Clogs

    near the main car park is a clog makers where you can see the traditional clogs being made.
    They are still worn by some of the older people in the sticks.

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    Visit the tourist shops

    by stevezero Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Marken Tourist Shop

    As in the rest of the touristy places in Holland, there are opportunities to buy the usual clicheed Dutch items.

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    Sailing Boats

    by stevezero Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Marken Sailing Boats

    It is still possible to see some of the old fashioned sailing boats in the harbour and sometimes out on the Meer

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    Marken

    by Jim_Eliason Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Marken

    Marken is a former island now connected to the mainland by a causeway. A ferry runs from here to Volendam. Its main attraction is the traditional Dutch houses in this little town

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