Castles and forts near Amsterdam

Muiden is one of the most spectacular examples, with the grand Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot looming over the mouth of the River Vecht. As well as providing a historic snapshot it’s a fun-filled museum for all the family, allowing you to experience life as a Knight or a Lady! 

Nearby, Naarden is one of the most remarkable examples of a fortified town, with its classical town centre still encompassed by two elaborate star-shaped moats and stonewalls. And Weesp’s own forts and windmills offer up a taste of the Golden Age. All of these towns are fantastic starting points for exploring De Stelling van Amsterdam (the Defence Line of Amsterdam), a 135-kilometre-long ring of fortifications around Amsterdam.