Rijksmuseum Muiderslot

The Muiderslot is a genuine medieval moated castle: it’s a square castle with a drawbridge, five towers, battlements and arrowslits. The castle is situated in Muiden, along the river Vecht and lake IJmeer, part of the former Zuiderzee.

Up until 1954, the site of the Muiderslot was a prohibited, military area fenced off by barbed wire. In 2012, an underground pavilion was constructed on the site of building A: the ‘Waterschild’ (literally: Water Shield). It offers a presentation of seven centuries of water defence at Muiderslot castle, with great attention to the Muiderslot and water defence lines, including the Defence Line of Amsterdam.

As part of the fortified town of Muiden, the Muiderslot was included in the Defence Line of Amsterdam from 1892 to 1922. The castle lies at a strategic location southwest of Amsterdam, at the estuary of the river Vecht in the former Zuiderzee, now a lake called IJmeer. The fortified town of Muiden and the nearby fort island Pampus formed the supports for the main defence line of the ‘vak Muiderberg’ (Muiderberg section). 

As a ‘fortification of the first class’, the fortified town of Muiden featured a total of twelve bastions (five of them in the castle) and three shellproof barracks.

The castle premises are difficult to access for the handicapped . The castle itself is not accessible to wheelchair users.

In the immediate vicinity of the Muiderslot, parking is very limited.

Twice daily a ferry departs from IJburg harbour (Krijn Taconiskade) that travels via Pampus to Muiderslot castle. Holders of the Dutch ‘Museumkaart’ (Museum Card) get a discount on a combined ticket for this fun boat trip and admission to the castle. There is also ample parking in the vicinity of the ferry service, free on Sundays.


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