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.
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