Muiden Castle (Dutch: Muiderslot, Dutch pronunciation: [ˌmœydərˈslɔt]) is a castle in the Netherlands, located at the mouth of the Vecht river, some 15 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, in Muiden, where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee. It is one of the better known castles in the Netherlands and featured in many television shows set in the Middle Ages.
The history of Muiden Castle begins with Count Floris V who built a stone castle at the mouth of the river in 1280, when he gained command over an area that used to be part of the See of Utrecht. The Vecht river was the trade route to Utrecht, one of the most important trade towns of that age. The castle was used to enforce a toll on the traders. It is a relatively small castle, measuring 32 by 35 metres with brick walls well over 1.5 metres thick. A large moat surrounded the castle.
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Melissa Kerson | Mar 10, 2018
This is the most interactive castle I've ever been to! I was just expecting a cool old castle to explore, perhaps with some old period furniture. But no - there are video games here! Drop rocks on invading knights! Sit on a mechanical horse and joust with your friends! Dress up in Knight's armor or jester's outfit! Best suited to ages 4-15, but grown ups like myself will also have a great time, especially if you're willing to sneak on the dress up clothes meant for kiddos. Nice cafe. Free lockers. Beautiful garden. Great views. And of course, a million photo opportunities. Worth the $$$.
Alexandar Nikolov | Jan 27, 2018
Excellent place for a quiet afternoon. Two of the towers are accessible for visitors. The castle is well preserved and you can learn a lot about the defense strategies during the exposition. You could walk around the castles and see the gardens , the channels and find tables for picnic. The tavern serves snacks , cakes and warm soup. The toilets are clean and tidy. Museum card holders enter for free.
Peter Bolier | Apr 9, 2018
Nice castle, not very big. Lots to do, enough for a morning or afternoon. Kids liked it because you can actually touch and 'try' medieval weapons. Sometimes as a game.
Sanzhar Idrissov | Feb 8, 2018
Beautiful, well preserved and well maintained castle. Filled with history, it's a joy to visit especially for kids who like knights and all things medieval. Though the castle was mostly used just after that period, it still easily captures imaginations of little ones. For adults it's interesting to find out more about one of the Dutch greats - P.C.Hooft who lived there as the governor of the province. Check out the guided tours for sure, they are great.
Eric House | Jan 29, 2018
Great experience! There weren't many people there because it wasn't peak season, which meant the gardens were brown, but no crowds mean easy viewing. The 83 step winding stair case to the top of the west tower is really fun and challenging. I also did the free tour and the guide was nice enough to do it in both Dutch and English instead of handing out papers in English. Takes you back to the days when authors and poets made the big bucks.
Art Klep | May 26, 2018
Well laid out historic castle. Great exhibit rooms and routes. Nice cafe with outdoor seating. If you have a baby mind the closeness of the changing table to the hand drier. My little guy hates it when those things go off.
Michi Krei | May 20, 2018
Nice castle and a beautiful setting. I was a bit annoyed with the tour though. Despite most of the participants being none dutch speakers the tour guide decided to stick to dutch for the entire tour. I would have expected a little bit more effort to be made to accommodate international visitors. I cannot recommend the tour for none dutch speakers for this reason, which is a shame.
Leanne Williams | Apr 29, 2018
We went because we got in for free with the museumkaart and it was a nice little day trip. It's quite small though and doesn't take a lot of time to walk through. There are many stairs so if you can't manage stairs very well, then this wouldn't be a good place for you. The cafe is small and we waited a very long time in the queue and then there wasn't much food left to choose from. There are nicer castles to visit but it's not bad if you happen to be in the area.
Eduard Hernàndez | May 27, 2018
Beautiful castle from year 1280, excellently preserved. A guided tour of about 30 minutes walks the visitor through the kitchen, the knight's hall, prince's room and others, decorated with items from those years. The explanations are in Dutch, however paper hand out in other languages are available for the non Dutch speaking.
TheBestDetours | Jun 4, 2018
Nice castle, very much geared towards children. Be sure to spend some time in the city. Although doable, I would not recommend taking public transportation to get there if you are tight on time.
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