For outdoor lovers Marken offers an unforgetable rural route of about 9 km on the dyke along Gouwzee and IJsselmeer. It takes you along the famous lighthouse called ´the Horse´ and the icebreakers, that have – more often than not – protected the island from the advancing threat of drifting ice-floes. Marken in wintertime is really breath taking. On your walk on the dyke path with the sun on the ice and the fresh wind in your face you imagine yourself in a wintersport resort. And in case father winter blesses us with a few days of frost, the Gouwzee becomes the most wonderful ice-rink. And then, after walking or skating in the fresh open air we will gladly receive you in our cosy café to warm up again with delicious hot chocolate with rum and whipped cream !