Muiderslot (Netherlands)

Welcome to the oldest castle in the Netherlands! Over 700 year-old Castle Muiderslot is one of the best preserved Dutch castles, surrounded by lots of water and beautiful castle gardens.

Two of the many residents were especially important to the castle: Count of Holland Floris V, the builder of the castle, and P.C. Hooft, a famous poet and writer, both having experienced tragic personal stories.

At the former boundary between Holland and Utrecht, Muiderslot was built on a spot between the Dutch South Sea and the river Vecht, mainly to grant tolls for its royal inhabitants.

The surrounding water has always been both friend and foe for the castle, protecting, but also challenging the building and its residents.

An original plum orchard, restored to look exactly like it did in 1620, can also be found in the beautiful surroundings. Explore the 18 species of the 17th-century plum trees!

Here are the key facts:

Official Name: Rijksmuseum Muiderslot (Dutch) / Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot (English)

Status:  Museum (since 1878) and Event Location

Opening Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on Mondays in the wintertime)

Guide: 3 Audio Tours (Knights Route / 10 languages, Tower Route and Garden Tour / both available in Dutch&English)

Fees:  9,00 € – 15,50 €, free admission for children under 4

Parking: available within 15 min walking distance

Dogs: only guide and assistance dogs are allowed

Site Fact: As part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, this castle is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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