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Discover Holland’s cultural traditions during a visit to the fishing village of Marken, located on a peninsula an hour by road from Amsterdam. Local workshops and museums offer insight into a bygone era, while the village’s wooden houses, sail boats, and lighthouse provide a picturesque backdrop for exploration.

The Basics
Round-trip tours from Amsterdam offer easy access to the peninsula, and usually combine a visit to Marken with stops at Zaanse Schans, famous for its windmills, and Volendam, another fishing village home to a charming harbor and cheese factory. Private tours let you tailor your time in the village, while half-day tours help time-limited travelers cover more sights in less time. If you’re on a budget, take advantage of Super Saver deals to combine your trip with other must-do experiences at a reduced rate.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The village is generally accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, but it’s worth checking specific arrangements ahead of time.
  • Don’t forget your camera, as picturesque Marken is perfect for holiday snaps.
  • The preserved fishing village is a must for culture vultures, and history buffs.
  • If you want to stay on the peninsula overnight, the nearby city of Monnickendam has a range of accommodation options and is home to a Michelin-star restaurant.   

How to Get There
Take advantage of round-trip tours from the capital for hassle-free transfers, or catch public bus number 315 from Centraal Station to be there in just under an hour. It’s also possible to access the village by ferry from Volendam, or to cycle all the way from Amsterdam in around two hours

When to Get There
The village is busiest in summer, especially during the day. Visit in the late afternoon to avoid the rush and enjoy sunset vistas on the Markermeer lake. Winter visitors can skip the crowds almost entirely, though be aware that many restaurants and stores close during the off season.

Marken Highlights
Though it’s not open to the public, the 19th-century Horse of Marken lighthouse (Paard Van Marken) is a national heritage site and makes a striking feature on the skyline. The Marken Museum preserves a traditional house in all its former glory, complete with a collection of traditional clothing and an exhibition on the area’s history, while the nearby Sijtje Boes House (Kijkhuisje Sijtje Boes) contains a small museum and souvenir shop selling local handicrafts and artworks. Don’t miss the Klompenmakerij: a workshop devoted to traditional clog-making, where you can watch how the famous shoes are made and even buy some to take home as souvenirs. 
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Amsterdam country side tour by carCultural Tours

Amsterdam country side tour by car

Escape the city! A few miles outside Amsterdam lays the beautiful countryside of Holland. See the windmills, taste the cheese or see the wooden shoes. Go Dutch with your tour guide and get the real taste of Holland! Fantastic experience to do during bad weather. We come at places where no tourbusses can come.We drive north to the small historic fishermen village of Marken. We have a short walk in the village where I explain some of the history. In the harbor of Marken we will stop at a local dutch cafe for coffee, tea and dutch apple pie. From Marken we drive to the wooden shoe and cheese factory. There I will show how cheese and wooden shoes are made. You can try to walk on wooden shoes and taste all the different kinds of cheeses. After the experience we drive to the traditional sawmill where they still saw wood as in the old days. The windmill shows the big industrial revolution in the 16th century. After that amazing experience we drive back to Amsterdam.
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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from AmsterdamDay Trips

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

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See Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken on a half-day or full-day windmill tour departing from Amsterdam. Visit a cheese factory to sample local dairy products, admire a classic line-up of authentic windmills, and watch a shoemaker fashion wooden clogs using traditional methods. Hear commentary from your audio guide during the coach journey, and enjoy guided tours in each picturesque village. You can also opt for a ferry cruise from Volendam to Marken (summer only, included in tour price). Choose the full-day option for more time at each stop.
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Charm of Holland - All-inclusive Countryside & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Holland on a comprehensive day-trip from Amsterdam. With a professional guide, travel through Holland’s beautiful countryside and discover tulip-filled meadows, historical windmills and traditional cheese factories. Visit villages and towns like Edam, Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans, and enjoy a pleasant balance of guided walking tours and leisurely free time. Taste the globally renowned cheese of Volendam; witness the art of wooden shoe-making in Marken; take a tranquil cruise to Volendam; and marvel at the ancient windmills of Zaanse Schans.
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Tour to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken

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Discover the real Netherlands in this amazing tour through Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Marken – the jewels of the Dutch countryside.The visit starts in Zaanse Schans, where you will be able to take pictures of typical Dutch windmills that are still in use today. Afterward, we will drive to the Waterland area, passing through the beautiful villages from this part of the country: Edam, Volendam, and Marken. In Edam, we will walk through historic sites like the square where the famous Cheese Market used to take place. Then, near Volendam, we will visit a local cheese producer, where the cheese master will explain how they produce Gouda and Edam cheeses. In the clog factory, you will discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Then, travel back in time to the 17th century as we walk by cozy fishermen houses in Marken, the fishing harbor, and the protestant church.Join us for an unforgettable day visiting Edam, Volendam, Marken, and Zaanse Schans.
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Countryside & Windmills + Keukenhof Gardens ComboDay Trips

Amsterdam Super Saver: Countryside & Windmills + Keukenhof Gardens Combo

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Discover the best of the Dutch countryside with this Super Saver that pairs two popular tours in one day. Spend the morning in the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, visit a clog maker, and take a boat ride to the old-time fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, where you taste traditional Dutch cheese. In the afternoon, experience explosions of colors at the Keukenhof Gardens—home to millions of tulips, bluebells, hyacinths, and other flowers—that will take your breath away. A canal sightseeing cruise in Amsterdam with audio commentary is also included.
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Bruges Full-Day & Countryside and Windmills Half-Day Tour

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Experience the beauty that surrounds Amsterdam on this super saver tour that combines two top tours for one low price. Spend day one exploring the canals, churches and shops of Bruges, followed by a second day venturing into the Dutch countryside. Discover the windmills and charm of Volendam and Marken while exploring Zaanse Schans.
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Private Marken, Volendam and Windmill TourCultural Tours

Private Marken, Volendam and Windmill Tour

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Escape the crowded city of Amsterdam to see some of Europe’s most charming countryside. Just half an hour from Amsterdam, enjoy the quiet fishing village of Marken, the souvenir promenade of Volendam and the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. A private luxury vehicle takes you from central Amsterdam; no need to navigate trains. Experience traditional Dutch culture, from watching cheese being made to seeing windmills at work.
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Escape the city and create your own itinerary on a private full-day custom tour from Amsterdam. With just your guide and private party, explore the Dutch countryside, replete with windmills and waterways, in order to learn of the Netherlands’ history. Opt to discover the picturesque villages of Marken and Volendam; or snap photos of the windmills in Zaanse Schans; or see the 'garden of Europe' at Keukenhof. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  
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Step back in time on a 6.5-hour, private tour of Old Holland that includes round-trip transport from your Amsterdam hotel, and lunch in a waterside restaurant. Visit a cheese factory, tour Marken and Volendam with a guide in traditional costume, see a wooden shoemaker’s workshop, and taste classic sweets at an old fashioned Dutch bakery.
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Maximize your time in Amsterdam and experience the best Holland has to offer with this Amsterdam Super-Saver combo. Your package includes a day outside the city, enjoying the villages of Volendam, Marken and Zaanse Schans, where you can immerse yourself in the typical Dutch culture that makes this country special. Enjoy a popular canal cruise and spend a day discovering Amsterdam on the distinctive red Hop-on Hop-off bus at your leisure. Make sure to see it all, and be able to schedule your tours at your convenience.
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Private Tulip Fields gardens, Windmills, Volendam and Marken tour from Amsterdam

Skip the crowded group tours and travel to Keukenhof in comfort on this private tour. Get picked up in a Mercedes sedan or minivan and head for the Netherlands' best-known flower garden to see more than seven million bulbs with a total of 800 varieties of tulips.
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Private Full-Day Northern Holland Tour by Public Transport from AmsterdamDay Trips

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Explore Northern Holland the local way on an 8-hour, private tour from Amsterdam using public buses, trams and boats. Walk atmospheric neighborhoods and waterfront streets in the island village of Marken, and learn about local history and culture at the town’s small museum. See the coast from the water as you travel to Volendam to get a glimpse of a traditional fishing community, then step back in time in the medieval town of Edam, where picturesque streets and canals wind past historic buildings, churches and a famously leaning Carillon tower.
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Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and ClogsCultural Tours

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Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and Clogs

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Be Dutch for a day! A day full of windmills, cheese and traditional wooden clogs.Covered with water, cows grazing the fresh grasses, colourful flowers and green-timbered houses, Zaanse Schans is home to what some call the Eighth Wonder of the World: the historic 18th-century windmills. Everybody knows about cheese, but few know how it’s produced. Your private chauffeur guide will take you to the place where the magic happens, where the Dutch dairy gold is crafted. You will visit a local cheese factory in the picturesque fisherman village of Volendam, where you will be taught about the cheese-making craft and enjoy a delicious cheese tasting. With windmills and cheese on board, it’s unthinkable to skip the traditional wooden clogs in this tour. Your driver guide will take you to the particular city of Marken, where you will witness how a shoemaker crafts the typical wooden clogs.
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Private Half-Day Tour to Volendam & Marken Including Dutch TastingCultural Tours

Private Half-Day Tour to Volendam & Marken Including Dutch Tasting

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Take a break from the city on a half day tour of Volendam and Marken, two traditional villages just outside Amsterdam. The day’s itinerary includes a history museum, a fried fish tasting at a restaurant loved by locals, and a ferry ride to the island of Zuiderzee. In addition to navigating, your guide offers commentary and anecdotes often unheard by visitors.
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Holland Bike Adventure (full day, 8 hours private tour)Cultural Tours

Holland Bike Adventure (full day, 8 hours private tour)

The ultimate way to explore the lowlands with your own private guide!Ready for the real Holland adventure?The best way to discover the countryside is by bike, like the locals!Leave the city behind and join me on this great tour to the flat countryside just north of Amsterdam. Visit busy fishing villages with wooden houses, learn more about the beautiful lake side cities from the Golden Age, cycle along dikes and ditches, see wooden draw bridges and windmills, visit a cheese farm and wooden shoe maker, take the ferry across the lake and much more!This tour is a summer only excursion. You should be able to cycle 20-30 miles in a leisurely pace (shorter trips are possible!). There is ample time for relaxing, sight seeing and (souvenir) shopping and of course we will stop for a drink or lunch in a typical countryside pub. If you wish you can even try a typical Dutch pancake!It will be a great and unforgettable experience. Only a few miles from Amsterdam but yet totally different.
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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in MarkenPhotography Tours

Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Marken

Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here!We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Marken, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back!So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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Vacation Photographer in MarkenPhotography Tours

Vacation Photographer in Marken

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Marken to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites!SOLO TRAVELERSFancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Marken vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLESIf you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what Marken has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both.FAMILIES & GROUPSA family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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Dutch Icons tourCultural Tours

Dutch Icons tour

Windmills, clogs and cheeseJoin me to the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands. The landscape here is as Dutch as you can get it: polders, canals, lakes and neat little villages on the borders of the former Zuiderzee.Explore Marken and Volendam, traditional and picturesque villages with romantic houses, draw bridges and canals. Enjoy the scenic ride through Dutch scenery where we will also visit a working windmill, a wooden shoe maker and a cheese farm.Explore the Dutch Icons with your own private guide!ITINERARYPick up at your preferred pick up location (your accommodation, the cruise ship terminal or the airport). Scenic ride in the countryside where we will visit the traditional fishing villages, visit a windmill, wooden shoe maker and a cheese farm. There is also time for souvenir shopping and a typical Dutch lunch.After our tour I will drop you off at your preferred drop off location.Don't forget to bring a camera! There are many good photo opportunities.
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