From Volendam, depart in the direction of Monnickendam. Your first photo stop is at the ‘Kathammer’ windmill; a classic Dutch sight that is still in operation. Then, continue your bike ride to Katwoude. This nearby village is known for its cheese farms. This village welcomes many visitors who come and see how the famous Dutch cheese is made. Visit the traditional cheese farm and take a look behind the scenes. After, you are welcome to join the demonstration of cheese making. Learn more about this typical Dutch craft and taste over 30 different types of cheese.
The next stop on your route with the Countryside Bike Tour is another harbor village. Monnickendam city’s centre will make you feel like travelling back in time. Admire the beautiful gable houses, the old harbor with its pretty ships and the charming terraces. An absolute highlight in Monnickendam is the beer brewery. Learn more about the beer brewing process and taste their delicious homemade sausages. During warmer days, you can enjoy a beer or other drink on the lovely terrace along the water.
Continue your tour from Monnickendam to the former island Marken. Marken is a quaint village with lovely bridges, small canals and beautiful wooden façades. Until 1957, Marken was an isolated island. Nowadays, Marken is connected with the mainland by a dyke. The characteristic houses, the pleasant ambiance and the beautiful view over the ‘Gouwzee’ and the ‘Markermeer’ makes a visit to Marken an unforgettable experience. And while visiting the harbour, make sure to stop at the ‘viskraam’ (fish stall) and try some ‘haring’ (raw herring served with chopped onions) or ‘kibbeling’ (fried fish nuggets).
This tour includes a visit to an authentic wooden shoe farm, located just before Marken. Learn more on the wooden shoe (clog) making process. Try different types of wooden shoes or purchase a pair as a nice souvenir to bring back home.
From the harbour of Marken, the ‘Volendam-Marken Express’ boat will take you back to Volendam. Since 1933, the Volendam-Marken Express has been sailing between Volendam and Marken. Cruise along the former ‘Zuiderzee’ coastline and learn all about this area’s fascinating history and culture.
The ‘Volendam-Marken Express’ departs every 30 minutes. You can bring your bike onboard. Upon arrival in Volendam, it is only a short bike ride to the rental company.
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