|The Harbour in Marken, North Holland - NETHERLANDS|
Marken is a peninsula in the Markermeer, in the Netherlands and a former island in the Zuiderzee, North Holland. It is the namesake of the Markermeer, the body of water which surrounds it. Marken is a well-known tourist attraction, well known for its characteristic wooden houses. Marken and its inhabitants were the focus of considerable attention by folklorists, ethnographers and physical anthropologists, who regarded the small fishing town as a relic of the traditional native culture that was destined to disappear as the modernization of the Netherlands gained pace.