Marken

Marken

Have you ever seen a picture postcard from the Netherlands? That might have been a picture of Marken. Marken attracts tourists from all over the world because of its characteristic wooden houses and traditional costumes.

Marken has been attracting tourists for over a century. Green wooden houses, a laidback atmosphere and total lack of progress hold wide appeal. Tall Marken fishermen in traditional costume were a sight to behold and respected by all for their sailing skills. In 1932, when Zuiderzee became IJsselmeer, they turned to seafood processing jobs or joined the workforce creating polders in IJsselmeer. Never again would the sea flood the little island. Many of the wooden houses had been built on stilts so the sea could pass beneath them. But since the Zuiderzee was no longer a menace, the bottom half of the houses were boarded up and used for storage. In 1957, a dam connected Marken to the mainland and the modern era. The lighthouse, known as the horse, stands on the eastern point of the island. Marken Museum gives visitors an insight into traditional life on Marken.