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“My favourite little castle near Amsterdam”
Review of Muiderslot

Muiderslot
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$117.36*
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Private Tour: Giethoorn customizable tour
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Muiden
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Muiden is a little town some 30 minutes by car from Amsterdam. It has this charming little castle that is one of my favourites in the Netherlands. Reasons for that: it has an interesting collection of furniture, decoration and paintings that shows clearly how was life in the Golden age; it is not so big, so you can get to know it in a 1 hour tour and don't go away with that feeling that most of the attraction you didn't see.

Muiden is also full of history that links with Amsterdam past. It was house for the so called Muiden Circle, a group of artists, writers and scientists formed by the poet and author P.C. Hoofdt (now a name of the street in Amsterdam where most fancy brands are). He was also a business man at his time and reactivated a toll for every boat that cross the river Vecht, which runs besides the castle, consolidating his fortune.

Recently it has added some interactive games for kids, which has pros and cons, since it can attract them to stick with the tours, but it makes it a bit Disneyland. An interesting program also for kids is a demonstration with falcons in the outside gardens. the scenery is typical Dutch in great style.

Tour are in Dutch, but normally guides can answer questions in English. there is also cards with information in English.

I am living in the Netherlands. When having visitors from abroad it is one of the places we take them. It is not the most amazing attraction, but it never disappoint.

4  Thank JuPereira
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Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

The landscape is beautiful - make sure you have enough free space on your camera for all the pictures you will take :-)

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Marvelous place to visit. You must take the tour through decorated rooms, the guide will tell you all about the castles inhabitants and their way of living. Apart from the tour you can take routes through the castle on your own.
It is very child friendly with lots of games and videos.

1  Thank FatalZero
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

The castle looks very good, well maintained and all the pictures that you will make will look like postcards. The guided tour was in Dutch but the guide answered our questions in English, no problem. This tour is the only way of visiting the castle inside. We have found interesting things about the life in the middle ages and after. Panorama over the surroundings is nice. It worth, as well, to visit the small city nearby and have a coffee or a bear near the channel. The visit is not something extraordinary but definitely a nice day out of Amsterdam, especially for kids and if you are lucky enough with nice sunny weather.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

I visited Muiderslot as a young teenager and remember thinking how cool it was. Well, now, a good number of years later, that "cool" factor has gone away. The guided tour is in Dutch (it was in English before) and they give you a card to read about each room included in the tour. The information to read is out dated, too, as one of my more prominent memories was a painting of twins that died during the painting being done. The painting is still mentioned on the card, but the painting is no longer in the castle. We asked about it and were told it is now in the Rijksmuseum. They have installed quite a few little "games" for small kids throughout the castle and an area where they can put on little costumes and have pictures, I guess. The outside of the castle, and the gardens, are good, but the inside, and tour, was quite disappointing. They have really "Disneyfied" what could and should be a nice piece of history. It is easy enough to get to from Amsterdam, but not worth the time on public transportation.

1  Thank trvlngrdgy
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