The green Castles & Gardens region south of Amsterdam is dotted with majestic fortresses, beautifully-preserved towns and country estates that were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Located along the River Vecht and Amstel, many of the fortifications were established to protect the capital as part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the beautiful forests, gardens, waterways and lakes of the area inspired many artists and architects. Today, this stunning region is rich in cultural history and offers a wonderful escape for the whole family.
Explore the region and discover its best sights and hidden gems with resident Bart van der Hucht.
Delve into the fascinating history of the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the ancient castles that were once the homes of wealthy merchants and exquisitely manicured gardens.
Explore amazing sights and places of the Amsterdam Area's Castles & Gardens region with I amsterdam's 360-degree video, including the fairy tale Castle Muiderslot.