The fortified town of Muiden sits near the IJmeer, just east of Amsterdam. It dates back to the 10th century and is now known for its peaceful streets, small cafés, historic landmarks and picturesque harbour. The town is a key link in the Defence Line of Amsterdam, a 135 km-long fortification that once protected the city from invaders. Pass through Muiden’s centuries-old walls and prepare for a stroll through one of the country’s oldest communities.
Back to the future
Muiden combines the best of the past, present and future. One of its main attractions is the medieval Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot. Over the years, it’s been used as a location in various TV shows set in the Middle Ages. It’s a sight to behold. The castle has a drawbridge, five towers, battlements and other features worthy of King Arthur.
If you’re looking for an even greater adventure, take the ferry from Muiden to the fortress island of Pampus. This man-made stronghold once helped protect the harbour of Amsterdam. It’s open to the public from April to October. Back on the mainland, be sure to check out Muiden’s cosy cafés or more elegant restaurants.