Muiden Castle Overview

Muiden Castle (Muiderslot) is Netherlands' one of the most visited castles for being both an important historical relic and an architectural masterpiece. Its location at the mouth of the Vecht River also adds to its appeal. It is now a national museum that fascinates visitors with its restored 17th-century interiors and a vast collection of armor and weapons from the medieval era.

Muiden Castle, popularly known as Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot, is over 700 years old and is Netherlands' one of the oldest castles. Surrounded by water and gardens, it offers breathtaking views of the landscape and is a center of attraction for visitors interested in architecture and heritage.

The Castle, converted into a museum in 1978, stands as one of the country's earliest national museums. Inside, visitors encounter a rich array of artifacts, armor, and weapons predominantly from two historical epochs: the Middle Ages and the 17th century. Among its treasures are notable paintings such as "Painting of the castle," "Amarylles crowns Mirtillo," and "The baker of Eeklo," alongside relics like the canopy bed and a medieval chest, providing insights into life during these periods. Renowned for its Knights' Hall, the castle offers a glimpse into medieval hospitality, where rulers welcomed guests, immersing visitors in the ambiance of the 17th century. However, despite undergoing numerous renovations, the castle has retained its antique charm and allure, making it a must-visit destination for those exploring Europe Tour Packages.

You can reserve one of the many guided tours that Castle offers for an immersive experience. It is the finest way to find the castle's hidden places, hear fascinating tales, and learn about its long history.

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• Marvel at the Muiden Castle to admire its exquisite architectural beauty and breathtaking surrounding scenery.
• Take a tour with an expert guide to explore the castle's both famous and hidden places and learn about its rich past.
• Visit the Knight's Hall to admire its 17th-century appeal, grandeur, and interiors.
• See the vast collection of paintings, armor, weapons, furniture, and other artifacts while exploring the castle and get a sense of how people lived in the medieval and 17th centuries.
• Head to the water shield pavilion behind Muiderslot castle and go underground to discover the reason for building the castle by the water.
• Attend any concert or theatrical performance, as the castle hosts these events on its still-in-use oldest stage in the Netherlands on a regular basis.

How To Reach

By Train: Take a train to Weesp from Amsterdam Central Station or Utrecht Central Station and then bus 110 to Muiden Centrum. The castle is a 10-minute walk from here.

By Bus: Take line 320, 322, or 327 from Amsterdam Amstel Station or line 209 from Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA station to the stop P+R Muiden. From here, take bus 110 to Muiden Centrum, and then walk for 10 minutes to the castle.

By Ferry: The Amsterdam Tourist Ferry sails from the port of Amsterdam IJburg to Muiderslot castle from May to October on weekends and school holidays. You have to book the ferry in advance.

By Car: On the A1 highway, follow the signs to exit 3 Muiden/Weesp and then to the castle. Free parking is available nearby.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Muiden Castle is around the months of April and May right before summertime and the months of September and October just before the onset of winter. The weather is pleasant with comfortable temperatures and the tourist inflow is less, allowing you to explore the castle in peace. As weekends are typically hectic, schedule your travel for the weekdays instead. To have more time to explore and avoid the crowds, try to arrive at the castle close to opening time.

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Other Essential Information

Tips to Visit

  • People who use wheelchairs, rollators, mobility scooters, or strollers cannot access the castle. However, they can visit the castle's gardens, walls, courtyard, and tournament field.
  • There is a shop from where you may buy some souvenirs related to Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot, the gardens, or life in the castle.
  • You can enjoy your trip without being concerned about food because there is a cafe onsite where you can fill your empty stomach afterward.
  • Taking a guided tour is the best way to explore the castle and learn about its past and hidden places.
  • Some activities at the castle are time bound, so be there on time otherwise you won't get a refund.

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Point of Interest for Muiden Castle
Stroll Around the Castle Gardens

Stroll Around the Castle Gardens

Take a walk through the castle gardens to experience their beauty in full glory. Discover Berceau's green tunnel that provides shade while strolling through the gardens; Warmoeshof, the vegetable garden; Kruidhof, the herb garden; and the Prune orchard. Also, Learn about a hidden fortress surrounded by bushes and leafy trees.

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Learn more about the Defense Line of Amsterdam

Learn more about the Defense Line of Amsterdam

Visit a white bunker directly behind the castle and watch an animation showing the formidable defense line of Amsterdam. Muiderslot castle is part of four such Dutch water-based defense lines that help defend the country from invaders. If you're interested in history, the animation is definitely worth your time.

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 Enjoy a Cup of Coffee or Tea on a Terrace with Canal Views

Enjoy a Cup of Coffee or Tea on a Terrace with Canal Views

Muiden has a lot of gorgeous terraces along its canal. The scene is picture-perfect with its pretty boats, emerald-colored lake, and stunning architecture in the distance. Sip a cup of your preferred beverage while taking in the scenery.

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Take a Leisurely Stroll through the Beautiful Streets

Take a Leisurely Stroll through the Beautiful Streets

The fortified city of Muiden is renowned for its quiet alleyways, cozy coffee shops, iconic sites, and lovely harbor. Wander aimlessly through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the nation, while taking in a vibrant quayside dotted with cafes and a good view of the boats entering and leaving the harbor.

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Visit Westbatterij

Visit Westbatterij

Visit Westbatterij, another Muiden fortress, to take in its architecture and discover its history. Like Muiderslot, Westbatterij was built to protect the mouth of the river Vecht with the sea locks. The fortification is being used by the neighborhood scouting group and is located in IJ lake, making it a great place to chill with friends. 

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 Discover the beauty and secrets of the Fortress Island Pampus

Discover the beauty and secrets of the Fortress Island Pampus

Take the ferry from Muiden to Pampus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to enjoy the bustle and allure of the medieval Fortress Island. Take a virtual balloon ride over Amsterdam's Defence Line, also known as the city's secret weapon. Experience the ultimate island feeling while enjoying beautiful vistas, delectable food, and exotic cocktails.

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