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Amsterdam: Entry Ticket to Muiderslot Castle

1. Amsterdam: Entry Ticket to Muiderslot Castle

Visit Castle Muiderslot and experience one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in the Netherlands. Marvel at the over 700 years location surrounded by water and gardens. The castle arose in 1285 and there are many stories to tell about its long and turbulent history. See the Muiderslot castle that has been a national museum since 1878. Before then, the castle was completely dilapidated and even came close to being demolished. Fortunately, that never happened and in 1878 the castle became one of the first national museums in the Netherlands.  Be inspired by the castle that was renovated thoroughly by the architect Pierre Cuypers, whom you may know from Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Amsterdam Central Station. See the collection that revolves primarily around two historical eras: the Middle Ages and the 17th century. Discover what life was like in these times when also the poet and writer P.C. Hooft lived at the castle. Some of the halls are arranged the way they were when he lived here.

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From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

2. From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

Get picked up from your accommodation by your professional guide and head first to Muiden Castle. Commissioned by Count Floris V in 1280, this 13th-century castle is one of the oldest in The Netherlands. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Muiden Castle is a quintessential medieval castle accessible only by drawbridge and featured in a number of shows and films set in the Middle Ages. Next up is De Haar Castle, the largest castle in the Netherlands once privately owned by the van Zuylen family. Learn about the fascinating history of the castle while you tour the exhibitions in its interior as well as the park and beautiful gardens surrounding it. Get driven back to your accommodation after the tour.

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Amsterdam Castle and Utrecht City Tour

3. Amsterdam Castle and Utrecht City Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, your private guide will drive you directly to the Muiderslot, also known as “Amsterdam Castle”. Your professional and certified guide will take you around through this beautiful castle with its unique collection. They will inform you of its impressive history and strategic importance, as you observe the castle and its gardens. Following the castle visit, your guide will drive through the idyllic countryside beside rivers, passing country mansions, windmills, and farmland in the direction of Utrecht. In this graceful city your guide will show you the highlights of the city center throughout a walking tour. On your walking tour you will get to see the highlights of Utrecht, such as the massive Domtoren, the unique canals, the Pope House, and hidden cloisters. Throughout the duration of your tour you will also learn a lot about the interesting history of the Netherlands and Europe. Depending on the opening hours of The Muiderslot, the tour can begin in Utrecht instead. Following this inspiring journey, your guides will happily drop you off at your hotel, the boat pier, or Schiphol Airport.

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From Amsterdam: Muiderslot Private Tour

4. From Amsterdam: Muiderslot Private Tour

Begin the adventure with private pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam. Sit back and relax as you leave the city behind and head into the rolling countryside on your way to Muiden Castle, known in Dutch as Muiderslot. Upon arrival, feel transported into a fairy-tale world as you admire this impressive castle, built in the 13th century. Spend some free time exploring the castle and discover its rich history, which spans over 700 years. Marvel at the castle’s rooms, which remain exactly how they would have during the medieval era, and imagine what life here might have been like. As you explore, soak up the fascinating atmosphere of this unique location and see the selection of paintings that line the hallways. At the end of a magical visit, hop back in the car for the return journey to your accommodation.

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Amsterdam: Vecht Region Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

5. Amsterdam: Vecht Region Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Feel like a local and discover the beautiful surroundings of the Vecht region on a self-guided electric bike tour. Using your electronic tour map, cycle through local towns, such as Muiden, Muiderberg and Nigtevecht, or tour through Amsterdam. Ride in class and comfort on an electric bike, offering you a wider area to visit all while keeping you active. See the region differently, stopping along the way as you desire as the routes are designed to enable multiple stops. Choose to take a break and walk through Muiderslot's verdant nature, or visit one of the many fortresses on your way.

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What people are saying about Muiden

An interesting water castle in a beautiful setting! The castle is not huge, but it has an interesting history and is brought closer to you with the audio guide. Unfortunately the public connection is not that good. Train to Muiden goes regularly, but then the bus to the castle only once an hour! A taxi is recommended here. We had a really nice taxi driver who gave us lots of tips!

Nice afternoon full of fun facts and good explanations with an audio guide outside Still admired the gardens and admired the water history of Muiden and surroundings behind it Nice day out

Very beautiful castle from the outside, an easy-to-use audio guide. Unfortunately rainy weather but which does not remove the charm of the castle. Too bad the gardens were not accessible.

Out guide was knowledgable and I think it is something few people do when they get to Amsterdam but it is worth it. Den Haag castle is absolutely wonderful to see.

Nice, well-kept area. Clearly. Can be done well in 2 hours. Audio guides included.