Marken Travel Guide

  • The small port of Marken
    The small port of Marken
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  • Markem in 2016
    Markem in 2016
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  • Marken carved into a wooden shoe
    Marken carved into a wooden shoe
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Marken Things to Do

  • Havenbuurt and Kerkbuurt

    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...

  • Walk Round the Island

    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...

  • 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!

  • Marker Museum

    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 2,50Children euro 1,25 (up to 12 years of...

  • Sijtje Boes Souvenirshop

    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.

  • Green wooden houses on stilts

    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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Clog Makers

    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.

  • Visit the tourist shops

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

  • Sailing Boats

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

  • The 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.


Marken Hotels

  • Hof Van Marken

    Buurt Ii, 15, Marken, 1156 BC, nl

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Marken Restaurants

  • The World's Best Uitsmijter

    De Visscher was our restaurant choice after we had surrounded the island of Marken on foot. Our stomachs were rumbling louder every minute, so we just wanted to get some food, no matter how good or bad. We probably would even have gone for fish and chips soaked in fat...Well, De Visscher it was, and so we sat on the terrace next to the harbour,...

  • Famously grumpy restauranteur, with much...

    This is a great shame as the reataurant is in a beautiful location overlooking the harbour of the fantastically unspoilt, and preserved island village of Marken and of the Gouwe Zee.The owner is rude, and is well known to local residents to be so. We waited 25 minutes to be asked for our order, after two other tables had been served.If you try to...

  • Local Delicacies

    Can't remember what we ate, but the restaurant serves all manner of local dishes and snacks. It is situated right on the harbour in what were once fishermens cottages. Local food and excellent coffee


Marken Transportation

  • Bus to Amsterdam

    The Arriva bus company serves Marken with bus #111.With the special Waterland ticket for € 9,00 you can explore more of the Waterland than just Marken.Bus #111 starts from the Amsterdam Central Station, North side.

  • Cycling

    As in the rest of Holland the area around Marken is very cycle friendly, with small roads and designated cycle tracks (watch out for mopeds which can also use them!)

  • Marken Express

    Between April and October, a passenger ferry operates between the tourist town of Volendam and Marken.The journey takes around 30 minutes and it is a good way to arrive in MarkenA return trip costs 6.50 euros


Marken Shopping

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    Souvenir Shops: Wooden Shoes

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 26, 2016

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    When we visited Volendam (and probably also Marken), we saw people wearing wooden shoes, and also we saw that they left the shoes outside by the doorstep. I know we bought a couple of pairs of wooden shoes in 1950. One pair was painted, and one pair wasn't painted but was carved in an intricate pattern. I was told that these were 'wedding shoes'.

    What to buy: I was a child of 12 in 1950 so I don't remember where we bought the shoes or what we paid.

    Wedding shoes Inside the heel Back of the heel Bottom of the shoes Marking on the bottom of the shoes
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    • Arts and Culture

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Marken Local Customs

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    clog maker's

    by Carmela71 Written Nov 20, 2002

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    The island's wood-carving is famous and is demonstrated at the clog maker's, I have found that most of the people who visited Marken had this photo! hahahaha

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Marken Off The Beaten Path

  • The 'Paard van Marken’

    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...

  • Walk around Marken

    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...

  • Deck of a boat in Marken

    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.


Marken General

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  • Harbour of Marken

    The harbour hosts a variety of sailing boats, making a good display of ropes, flags, wooden decks and curious seagulls. It is quite small and cute compared to large city harbours.

  • Marken village center

    Marken is a lovely seaside village that can be reached by boats not far from Amsterdam. I took a bus and then the boat, to arrive in this very rural and cute place.

  • General tip

    There are organised coach tours (f42.50), but for much less money you can take bus 111 from Central Station with the season ticket for a day, we travelled for the hole day by bus for only f16.50.


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