Paard van Marken

Paard van Marken Lighthouse

Paard van Marken Lighthouse


Iconic lighthouse on the IJsselmeer

Marken - The Paard van Marken is one of the most iconic lighthouses in the Netherlands. The white lighthouse with the red roof is located at the most eastern point of Marken peninsula and is easy to recognise for ships because of its shape, light and location. Whatever the weather, whatever time of year you come; the Paard van Marken is always photogenic and is undoubtedly the most photographed lighthouse in the Netherlands.

Lighthouse of Marken

The current round lighthouse has stood on the tip of Marken since 1839. But even before that time there was already a beacon for shipping here; the previous tower was square and was built in 1710.

Drifting ice in early spring

Even in winter when there is ice, the lighthouse is a photogenic location. However, the ice is not without danger. In 1971 the tower was pushed several centimeters from its place by drifting ice.

Getting married!

The Paard van Marken is owned by the government, which rents it out to permanent residents. The lighthouse cannot be visited unless... you are getting married. The Paard van Marken is an official wedding location.

Paard van Marken photo gallery

What do visitors say about Paard van Marken?

Marken trips in the area

    Adress and visitor information

    Paard van Marken

    Address: Oosterpad 1
    Postal code and City: 1156 DM  Marken
    Region: Regio Amsterdam
    Province/Region: Noord-Holland

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 2 hours.
    Parking is possible at the parking lot on the edge of Marken village. From the parking lot you can walk straight into the village to the harbor. You can also walk from here to the lighthouse, a distance of just 2.3 kilometers (you can't get there by car). Via the dike you can then share back to Marken. This walk is approximately 5.3 kilometers.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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