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Marken, Marken
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Separated by a storm from the mainland in medieval times, Marken stands as a traditional Dutch fishing village frozen in time. Though today reconnected with a dike, the small island (now peninsular) town retains much of its tradition and culture. Wander along the waterfront and down quiet streets surrounded by wooden houses, and you'll feel as though you've stepped back several centuries. Keep an eye out for the "Horse of Marken," a lighthouse on the peninsula with a 16 m (54 ft) tower dedicated to guiding sailors and fishermen to safety. Stop by the local museum to learn more about age-old Dutch traditions, the history of the town, and the traditional clothing worn in the past by the population. Don't miss the wooden shoe workshop in the village, which produces a classic symbol of Holland. A visit to Marken represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Marken itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • We went there by bus and as there are only about 5 sight seeings to visit we headed to the light house. We wanted to rent a bike, but it was not possible anymore as it was not high season. Therefore w...  more »
  • We got there a little late in the day, so we we not able to do most of what we planned in the 2 hours we had there. It would have taken us closer to 3hrs to get to and enjoy the lighthouse at our pace...  more »
  • Arriving by ferry from volendam, and there is no color with this, Marken is a town that breathes tranquillity, peace,..., I loved it. If you go with time to the Netherlands, do not hesitate to visit it, it is worth.
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  • Marken originally is a small village of fishermen is a 15 minute drive from the Dutch capital and has many tourist attraction by its typical wooden houses and the factory of shoes called "Swedes" (although typically Dutch). You can visit obtaining Waterland bus pass (which allows unrestricted service between Amsterdam - Edam - Volendam - Marken throughout the day from the date of the ticket) or through a half-hour trip by boat (Marken Express) from Volendam. It is small, so you can tour on foot in about two hours, and us the least "touristy" of the municipality, was us since the inhabitants seem to completely ignore the tourists walking by its picturesque streets. There are still some houses built on wooden stilts, dating back to the time when land was an island and not yet a peninsula like today, and was permeable to constant currents of water and floods. There is a lighthouse which is somewhat away from the "Center" of the people, who despite being its main attraction promoted (along with the factory of Swedes who can visit to see the mode of production of the same), it is not the big thing. I recommend fully combine the visit with Edam and Volendam. He is can spend from morning until the afternoon all three, and at night because you are back in Amsterdam, although seems so close to another world and especially at night.
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  • An express boat charming to visit the idyllic island of marken
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  • There's a statue