Muiderslot is an enchanting castle located only 15km south-east of Amsterdam, at the mouth of the River Vecht, in a small village called Muiden. When people envisage a medieval castle, they often conjure up images like Muiderslot.
Although relatively small, it has all the features of your typical Middle Ages castle with turrets adorning the top of the round towers located on each corner and surrounded by a moat.
The original castle was constructed in 1280. A century later it was rebuilt using a similar design to the original. For a short period of time it was a prison but then fell into decline. It was eventually painstakingly restored by King William I and the interior is decorated like it would have looked during the 1700s. More renovations took place in the 1950s.
Nowadays it is part of the National Museum. The current exhibits feature the life of the famous poet and writer P C Hooft. The rooms have also been beautifully restored and are tastefully furnished in the style common to the 17th century.
It is relatively easy to get to the castle from Amsterdam. If you are driving, then it is best to take the A1 towards Almere. From here follow the signs to the castle. The village is well serviced by buses. These leave from Amstel Station in Amsterdam and take about 20mins to reach the village.
Opening times vary depending on the time of year. From April to October, the castle is open daily but, from November to March, it is only open on weekends. It is advisable to join a guided tour which can be taken with an English speaking guide.
You also have the option of using an audio guide if you wish to go at your own pace but there are several areas where only the guided tour will go, so you may miss out on parts of the castle. An extra fee is charged for the guided tours.
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