Information about the peninsula of Marken, Holland

This website offers you information about the former island Marken in Holland. This peninsula has tons of history to discover, and many places which will make you believe you’re in a world from centuries ago. Visit the wooden shoe factory where they make traditional Dutch clogs or dress up in traditional Marken costume for a picture, the most unique souvenir to take home from Holland!

A glimpse of what to do in Marken


Vist the Marken museum or the Wooden Shoe Factory and dress up in a real traditional Marken costume and have your photo taken.

The old harbour

Here you find one of the oldest fishing harbours in Holland. In the old days there were about 200 fishing boats.

Cafe’s and restaurants

Are you hungry, or just want to have a little snack? Located around the harbour are many nice restaurants and cafe’s.


At Marken, there are many incredible must-see spots. The charms of this peninsula with its characteristic houses and costumes are likely to steal your heart.

Featured attractions on Marken

Where is Marken located?

Marken is located only 20 km (12 miles) from Amsterdam. It’s a short drive by car or you can take the bus with number ‘315’ from Amsterdam Central station. It will only take about 15 to 20 minutes to travel to this former island.

A little bit of history

Marken is located at some 17 km (11 miles) northeast of Amsterdam. It was separated from the mainland in the 13th century during the formation of the Zuiderzee. The 3 km (2 mile) long island has an area of 2.5 square km (1 square mile) and lies about 2.5 km (1.5 mile) offshore. Since October 17th 1957 it has been connected to the mainland by a causeway. Before the Zuiderzee was made into the IJsselmeer by the 30 km (19 mile) Afsluitdijk, the inhabitants of this island made their fake rolex living from fishing, especially for eels. Most residents are orthodox Calvinists. Their houses were grouped on small mounds and built on piles to protect against high tides. The island has retained much of the atmosphere of past days.

See more history facts

Overstroming Marken