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Timings : Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Entry Fee : Adults: € 15.50, Children between 4 - 11 years: € 9. Entrance is free for children below 4 years of age

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Muiden Castle, Amsterdam Overview

In the town of Muiden to the Southeast of Amsterdam is the stunning Muiden Castle which dates back to the 13th century. This castle is at the mouth of the river Vecht and was built by Count Floris V in 1280. It is currently a national museum and is, at present the most visited castle in the Netherlands.

The castle is called the ‘Muiderslot’ by the people of Muiden and is a popular tourist spot because of its rich history and proximity to Amsterdam. It is a medieval castle in the town of Muiden surrounded by a moat, which was built for protection against the enemies.

Muiden castle’s interior has been restored to its original 17th century state after the renovation, along with a collection of medieval era armours and weapons.

This fortress was once destroyed by the Archbishop of Utrecht after he seized it from the Count. It was in 1380 that a new castle was built by Duke Albrecht, Count of Holland on the ruins of the old one and this castle is the present day castle on Muiden land.

Muiderslot is not a grand and luxurious castle, rather it measures only 32 by 35 metres with brick walls over 1.70 metres thick and was in use as a courthouse, state prison and residence of castle wardens. It was once owned by Dutch historian and poet, P.C. Hooft who made it his summer residence and has his friends – Vondel, Huygens, Bredero over at his place. With Muiden Castle being their meeting space, this group came to be known as the Muiderkring.

It was by the end of the 18th century that Muiden Castle was used as a prison home before it turned into a ruin, following its abandonment. However it was restored and renovated in the 19th and 20th century and was turned into a museum. Muiden Castle, today is a National Museum and open to the public for tours.

If this medieval castle is on your list of attractions in Amsterdam, make sure you book your tickets online. Entry to the museum is free for individuals having the Amsterdam Pass and Museumcard.

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Tips While Visiting Muiden Castle

  • Dogs and other pets are strictly prohibited inside the castle's premises.

  • Guide dogs and assitance dogs are allowed.

  • Droneshots are not allowed above and within the premises of the castle.

  • The castle premises are not wheelchair friendly. So, those on wheelchairs will be able to tour inside.

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How To Reach Muiden Castle

By Train: You can take the train from Amsterdam Central Station or Utrecht Central Station to Weesp. After reaching Weesp, you can take bus 110 to Brandweerkazerne Muiden and walk 10 minutes to the Muiderslot.

By Bus: You can take  bus 209 (on working days only) bus 320, bus 322 or bus 327 from Amsterdam Amstel Station to Muiden and on reaching, take bus 110 to Brandweerkazerne Muiden, which is a 10 minute walk to the castle.

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