Although I was not able to actually get to Marken on my 2016 trip, I did photograph the Marken lighthouse twice from the IJsselmeer on our way to and from Hoorn. The lighthouse is located at the eastern tip of the island of Marken, in the Markermeer about 19 miles northeast of Amsterdam. Because of its profile as seen from a distance, the lighthouse is traditionally called het Paard van Marken (the horse of Marken). It is a good walk from the village
The lighthouse was built in 1839 by J. Valk on a site of a more primitive tower that was on this site dating from about 1700. The focal plane (height of the light) is 53 ft. The lighthouse is active and has a white light oscillating once every 8 seconds. The lighthouse consists of a round brick tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 2-story keeper's house. The lighthouse is painted white; lantern dome is red.
In the winter, northeast winds funnel ice down the IJsselmeer toward the lighthouse, sometimes endangering the buildings; the original keeper's house was destroyed by ice in 1879, the present keeper's house was heavily damaged in 1900, and in 1971 ice reached the roof of the keeper's house. The lantern was replaced in 1992, and the fog horn was deactivated in 2001. The lighthouse was declared a national monument in 1970.
The lighthouse is privately owned and is occupied at the moment. Therefore, no contact information is provided
- Sailing and Boating
Marken is a former island, that is now connected to the mainland by a dam.
It is a small fishermen's town with characteristic wooden houses.
Other people already wrote interesting pages about Marken. Here I would like to draw your attention to the possibility to do a nice walk around the island.
The hike takes 2 or 3 hours, depending if you walk up and down the dam towards Volendam or not.
The hike takes you around Marken, so it does not really matter where you start, just walk along the dyke.
A suggested starting point is the port. Go right after cafe "De Taanderij" onto the cycle-track ("fietspad").
Just before a bunch of willow trees, you can leave the cycle-track and go left onto the dam. This will add an hour to the hike, if you walk until the end of the dam and back. It's certainly worth the effort, with the water on both sides of the dam and the wide views. At the end of the dam, you get a view of the port and church of Volendam.
After the dam, continue your walk to the left, always stay on the dyke.
You will pass the lighthouse (nicknamed "The Horse") and the settlement Rozewerf where icebreakers protect the houses from the ice in the winter.
Follow the dyke, cross the main asphalt road to Marken and continue your walk along the dyke until you are back in the port of Marken.
See the pictures for a map of the island...Just follow the shore!
Bus 111 (Arriva company) takes you from Amsterdam Central station to Marken in 45 minutes!
It is also possible to take a boat from Marken to Volendam.
You cannot enter Marken by car unless you are a resident. There is a big parking before the village, 3.50 euro per day.
- Hiking and Walking
This close-up shot of a boat deck in the harbour of Marken shows some of the less obvious beauty of this charming fishing village. Leaving time to wander around is definitely worth it.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
This town does not go all over gushy for the tourists; it merely feeds and waters them, and allows them to wander around its pretty streets.