Until recently Marken was an island in the Zundersee, isolated from the rest of the Netherlands.

Being isolated for centuries, it developed an independent culture - its own architecture, dialect, dress, and more - that allowed it to form an identity unique in all the Netherlands, which makes it fascinating.

Sailboats in Marken Harbour

Marken Harbour

Distinctive style of houses unique to Marken

Beautiful butterflies feasting on pollen

Birdhouses too are typically Dutch

This is a colour photo, the cat is actually this colour!

Here, even the cows wear Clogs!

Clog factory in Marken

Inside the Clog factory. Notice the half-finished Clogs hanging from the roof.

Marken in full bloom 
Tags: Marken, Holland, Netherlands, Europe
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