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- Waters not far from Amsterdam
- Peninsula Marche
- Marker Museum
- Cheese factory Volendam
- UNESCO World Heritage Fort bij Edam
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Holiday cottages on the Marche Sea
Natural shore zones, protected reserves and idyllic communities await you in the holiday region around the Markermeer. Not far from the lake, overlooking the lush riverside meadows, you can rent a vacation rental in Drechterland or live in the historic centre of Hoorn and enjoy the proximity to the harbour. You can also spend your holiday in a holiday apartment near the Markerwaarddijk bridge or in an apartment on the former island of Marken.
Holiday at the Markenmeer
Location and orientation
Northeast of the capital Amsterdam, the Markermeer extends over an area of 700 square kilometres. In the north the water is bounded by the IJsselmeer and in the south by the IJmeer. The largest lakeside communities include Lelystad, Hoorn and Edam-Volendam. The peninsula Marken off Monnickendam gives the lake its name.
At the Markermeer lies the village of Edam, where the famous Edam cheese is produced.
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In the southwest there is the peninsula Marken and the fishing village of the same name, which you can reach by ferry from Volendam. A visit to the Marker Museum, dedicated to the life and traditions of the islanders, is highly recommended. The exhibition presents historical ceramics, clogs, traditional costumes and paintings. Also worth seeing is the Paard van Marken lighthouse, built in 1700 on the north-eastern shore of the island.2. Traditional craftsmanship
At the Voldendam dike on the western shore of the Markermeer you can visit a historic cheese factory with cheese shop. On 400 square metres you will learn how cheese has been made by hand for centuries, you can smell, touch and taste the products.3. Defensive belt of the capital city
The UNESCO World Heritage Fort bij Edam is located directly at the Markermeer near Edam. The hidden fortress served in the 1st World War to defend Amsterdam and was taken by the German Wehrmacht during the 2nd World War. The interior of the defensive complex is open to the public and houses soldiers' quarters, ammunition stores and a canteen kitchen.