Marken is a small island community in the IJsselmeer. It is easy to get there from Amsterdam (via Volendam). It is a former island, which nowadays is connected to the North Holland mainland by a causeway. Also, Marken is a well-known tourist attraction, well-known for its characteristic wooden houses.
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A nice daytrip if you want to see a traditional Dutch fishing village. If you visit Marken as a day trip from Amsterdam you will feel you are in a different world and century. Marken is most interesting for its green painted houses on the Dyke, its traditional religious isolationisme, its strong football team and its expensive tourist shops. Get a sailing trip at the IJsselmeer from Marken is definately worth a stop.