Nowhere in the Netherlands is the battle against water as visible as on Marken in the province of North Holland. The stilt houses, houses at a height so that the water flows under the houses during floods, have made this former island famous. Marken stands for a Dutch life lesson of 'never again'. Combine your visit to this idyllic island in the Markermeer with a stay at one of the EuroParcs holiday parks in North Holland and enjoy a comfortable and luxurious stay in a unique North Holland location.
Although it may be less touristy, the fishing village of Marken is at least as special as Volendam. The typical green-painted Marker houses evoke a sense of romance and nostalgia for the time of the past. There are a number of fun things to do in Marken where you are completely immersed in the traditional Dutch culture. Visit the characteristic Kijkhuisje Sijtje Boes, the well-known souvenir shop where typical Dutch souvenirs were for sale in the 1920s, and of course all other special shops.
A nice way to discover Marken is to take a walk through the different neighbourhoods, through the narrow alleys and over the drawbridges, through the harbor and past the fish stalls. Marken can be easily combined with a visit to Volendam by boat that takes you to the other side in 45 minutes. Do you want to know more about the history and culture of Marche? Then go to the Marker Museum, where you will find old art and traditional costumes, or to the Wooden Shoe Factory where you discover how traditional Dutch clogs are made.
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