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Castle Muiderslot, Netherlands

From series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
Year: 13th century.

In the Netherlands there is the incredibly beautiful and interesting castle on the water - Muiderslot, which is located in the surroundings of Amsterdam. The castle is situated on the mouth of the river Vechte and was built, according to some assumptions, in the second half of the 13th century. The construction was of great commercial importance. During more than 700 years the place for the collection of the taxes of ships, which went to Utrecht. Until the 17th century, the construction lost its strategic importance. The palace served as the residence of Peter Hoft, ruler of Amsterdam.

Castle Muiderslot, Netherlands Its name is one of the most interesting stages of the history of the castle. Peter Hoft was interested in the literature and therefore made the majestic castle a literary salon. Outstanding writers and poets, including Jacobs Kats and Bredero have visited the castle. Among the other well-known guests is the world-famous painter Maria Tesselschade Visscher. At this period, the magnificent gardens on the castle's dungeon, which inspired many writers.

Already a century later, there was no trace of the fine, exquisite atmosphere prevailing in the castle. The gardens were destroyed and the castle was converted into prison. In the 20th century the historical building was restored. Today the castle is a branch of the Amsterdam State Museum. Recently, the unusual medieval-style attractions were arranged in the palaces. All visitors can try on the ancient armor or costume of the court jester, learn to deal with the old weapons. In the small courtyard you can enjoy the aristocratic entertainment - participate in the falcon hunting. Next - Chateau de Belœil

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Nearest airports:
 »  Schiphol Airport AMS - in 21 km
 »  Soesterberg Airport UTC - in 26 km
 »  Lelystad Airport LEY - in 33 km
 »  Valkenburg Airport LID - in 48 km
 »  Rotterdam Airport RTM - in 60 km
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Best hotels near Castle Muiderslot

Hotel-Restaurant Het Rechthuis

Located in 2 km from Castle Muiderslot
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Rooms: 14
All hotel rooms of Hotel-Restaurant Het Rechthuis have a private bathroom and extra long box-spring beds. After a drink in front of the fireplace in … More: photo, rates and booking
Het Hart van Weesp

Located in 3 km from Castle Muiderslot
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Rooms: 40
The train station of Weesp is a 7-minute walk away. From here you can reach Amsterdam centre in 15 minutes and Schiphol Airport in 30 minutes. … More: photo, rates and booking
Houseboat Prins Heerlijk

Located in 4 km from Castle Muiderslot
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Rooms: 1
The apartment at Prins Heerlijk consists of the former captain's quarter and steering house. It features a fireplace, a bubble bath and wooden … More: photo, rates and booking
De Groene Tunnel

Located in 5 km from Castle Muiderslot
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Rooms: 2
The studio is furnished with natural materials and has a modern look. It has floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a flat-screen TV. The bathroom is … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

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Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum
12 km - Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum
The guests of Amsterdam have a unique opportunity to visit the Museum of Marijuana. Such a facility can hardly be imagined in any other city in the world. The museum was opened in 1991. Its founder was Ben Dronkers, for whom the breeding of hemp became the life-work. …
Netherlands Institute of Sound and Image
13 km - Netherlands Institute of Sound and Image
In Hilversum has placed the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. It became known for the world thanks to its unusual design. The Institute’s façade is decorated with colourful glass panels that with the photodiode lights look wonderful. This building was …
Keukenhof Flower Park
36 km - Keukenhof Flower Park
One of the most beautiful flower parks in the world, Keukenhof, is in the Netherlands. Here, more than a hundred varieties of tulips are planted every spring on the territory of ​​32 hectares. The park is accessible for public only during the period from March to …
Queen's Day
43 km - Queen's Day
Every year at the end of April the Dutch celebrate the "most orange" festival on the planet - Queen's Day. The date of the event varies from year to year and falls on the 29th and 30th of April. The symbolic significance and grand scales are the main features of …
Schokland and Surroundings
58 km - Schokland and Surroundings
In the Netherlands, travelers will have an opportunity to visit the amazing Schokland Island. It is of great interest due to its fantastically picturesque landscapes and historical monuments. Initially, Schokland was a peninsula. However, in the 15th century, due to …

Top destination around Castle Muiderslot - Almere-Stad

Given the fact that the city was founded only recently, Almere has neither important historical sights nor other monuments of antiquity. The main feature of Almere is its beautiful modern buildings, which can rightfully be considered true examples of modern architecture. Many buildings are executed in a unique futuristic style, being distinguished by unusual architectural shapes and original coloring. Many streets shine with all the colors of the rainbow, but such architecture is rather typical for a newer part of the city. The oldest buildings can be found near the canals and in the port area.

In addition to interesting buildings, here you can find several attractive restaurants, the menu of which is widely appreciated by seafood lovers. Holidaymakers should definitely take a stroll in the city center accommodating many restaurants and shops. Near the center of Almere is a beach, which is perfect for a relaxing holiday away from the bustle of big cities. In addition, there are several beautiful parks in the city, which are ideally suited for walking and cycling. Each park has its own picnic area and a special children's playground, so there are always a lot of tourists. Fans of painting have a chance to visit Museum De Paviljoens housing collections of artworks by many contemporary artists.
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