Muiderslot or Muiden Castle is one of the most beautiful castles near Amsterdam. Even though its size is rather small, the beautiful symmetry and captivating history of Muiderslot Castle make it the perfect destination for a day trip from Amsterdam.
I first visited this castle while I was studying for my master’s degree in Amsterdam. It was a sunny day – one of those rare days in the Netherlands – and I was looking for new places to discover. Since I had already visited the city with no roads – Giethoorn and the beautiful Haarlem, I thought that Muiderslot Castle would be the perfect destination for one relaxing day outside of the city.
When I got to the castle, I was impressed by its architecture. Muiderslot was so picturesque that I felt like being part of a fairy tale. The tall walls, round towers and surrounding water added to its charm.
In this article you will find all the information you need to know when planning a day trip to Muiden Castle.
Quick jump list
1. Muiderslot Castle history
The history of Muiderslot begins when Count Floris V ordered the construction of a stone castle in 1280 at the mouth of the river Vecht. The Vecht River used to be the most important trade route to Utrecht. The castle only measured 32 by 35 meters and had thick brick walls (1.5 meters).
In 1296 Count Floris V was imprisoned at the castle by his own nobles and after an attempt to escape, he was killed by Gerard van Velsen.
In 1297 the Muiderslot Castle was conquered by Willem van Mechelen and by the year 1300 it was demolished. After one hundred years, the castle was rebuilt in the same place, based on the original plan.
Later on, in the 18th century, the castle was used as a prison. Nowadays, it serves as a museum and it can be visited.
2. Muiderslot Castle facts
- The Muiderslot Castle is situated in a small town near Amsterdam, called Muiden
- The name Muiderslot is derived from the German word “mui” which means mouth. The castle got this name because it is situated at the mouth of river Vecht
- In 2018 the Muiden Castle celebrates its 140th year as a museum
- You can meet a falcon at the castle. For more details, click here
3. Things you need to know
Visiting Muiderslot as a day trip from Amsterdam is totally doable. If you have less time, you can even visit it in a few hours. You will only need around one and half, two hours for visiting the castle but if you have time, you can explore Muiden a bit more. Choose one of the cute restaurants in Muiden and eat some Dutch food.
Muiderslot Castle tickets
If you don’t have an I Amsterdam Card, Amsterdam Pass or Museum Pass the price is 15,5 euros for adults and 9 euros for children. For the entire price list, click here.
Tip: if you are planning to visit more museums in and near Amsterdam, it would be a good idea to buy an I Amsterdam city card. This card gets you free entrance to museums, free canal cruise, unlimited public transport and other great discounts.
Muiderslot Castle opening hours
The Muiderslot Castle has different opening hours for the winter season and summer season. During the winter, it is open only on Saturday and Sunday (12 pm – 5 pm) with a few exceptions. During summer, the castle is opened all week.
For the full schedule and opening hours, click here.
4. How to get to Muiderslot Castle from Amsterdam
Getting to Muiderslot Castle is easy and there are several options of transportation to choose from. The castle is situated only 15 kilometers away from Amsterdam. I’ve listed below all the Muiderslot transport options available.
If you have a car or rented one, this is going to be the easiest and most comfortable way to get to Muiderslot. However, keep in mind that Muiden is a small city and there are not that many parking spaces available.
Also, the parking price is 2.4 euros per hour and 21.6 euros for the whole day.
Take the bike
If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one from Amsterdam and head to Muiderslot. The bike ride is going to take around one hour and the views along the way are beautiful. You will even pass by a small beach. If you’re visiting during summer, don’t hesitate to bring your swimming suit with you!
Take the ferry to Muiderslot Castle
Another way to get to Muiderslot Castle is by ferry. Take the ferry from Amsterdam IJburg directly to the castle. To get to Amsterdam IJburg, take the tram 26 from Amsterdam Central Station.
I hope that you’ve found this Muiderslot Castle guide useful. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below.
May the travel bug bite you!
More about the Netherlands:
- The Venice of the North – a day trip from Amsterdam – click here
- Haarlem – one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands – click here
- Keukenhof tulip garden – click here
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