Weekly Postcard: the Muiderslot, Netherlands

Weekly Postcard / Photo Friday: a weekly post with a picture that I love, of a place that is worth highlighting.

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Weekly Postcard: Muiderslot, Netherlands.

The Muiderslot (or Muiden Castle in English) is located only 15 km (10 miles) South-East of Amsterdam. Built in 1280 AD by Count Floris V, it was used to enforce toll on traders, since it was based at the mouth of the river Vecht, an important trade route to Utrecht. In the 16th century it was owned by P.C. Hooft, a famous author, poet and historian. In the late 19th century it was saved from demolition by King Willam I. Nowadays it’s a museum.

How to get there

From Amsterdam it is less than 30 minutes by car. There is sufficient parking space. By public transport there is a lot of ways to get there. There is no train station in Muiden, so you’ll have to take a bus somewhere along the road. All the options take about 1 hour or less, just google it. Most common route are taking a train to Amsterdam Amstel train station and continuing by bus, or taking a train to Weesp train station and continuing by bus.

What to do

– First, when you arrive in Muiden, you should grab a drink at “Ome Ko” at the locks. It is a fun little cafe, with a nice terrace, and you can enjoy the boats trying to make it through the locks.

– Then you walk along the river to the Muiderslot. It is a museum nowadays, with an entrance fee  of 15 EUR (but free with a Dutch Museum Card). There are guided tours and you can wander around the castle. There is a little terrace in the courtyard, where you can have something to drink and eat.

Have fun!

-Irina

No rights can be derived from this post. I did my utmost best to ensure that prices and times are correct, yet errors happen and prices change.

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The locks in Muiden, with the terrace of “Ome Ko” at the left.

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