Muiderslot is a castle built in the year 1370 by commission of the Duke Albrecht, Count of Holland, over the ruins of the previous castle of Floris V.
View of the castle from the banks of vestinggracht
Vestinggracht means the "fortress canal."
West façade of the Muiden Castle
Count Floris V of Holland commissioned the first fortress in 1285, selecting this strategic location, both militarily and commercially, on the banks of the Vecht River, at its mouth into the Zuiderzee, currently known as Lake IJ or IJsselmeer. After his nobles betrayed and killed him, the old castle was destroyed by the then archbishop of Utrecht, enemy of Floris V.
Historic gardens of Muiderslot
The Muiden Castle has two gardens, one of vegetables and another one of herbs. The arcade in the background is the covered path dividing the gardens.
Covered path of vegetable arches between the Muiderslot gardens
The Castle of Muiden as seen from its gardens
Inner courtyard of Muiden Castle
Dutch helmet exhibited at Muiden Castle
A helmet with feathered crest, and visor with double opening, ideal for jousts or horseback combat.
Dutch close helmet
In this photo you can better see the decorative peacock feathers in the helmet’s crest.
Sword and suits of armour in the armoury of the Muiderslot museum
The castle of Muiden is a museum since 1878.
Dutch knight suit of armour
Detail of a knight's armour at Muiderslot
Lifting mechanism of the castle's drawbridge
The "Prince's Chamber" with cradle and children's bed
The Knights Room
Sealed envelopes next to documents and wax sealing tools
Central tree in the historic gardens of Muiden Castle
The dungeon of Muiden Castle
An essential area in any decent castle, for unwanted guests or that relative that just speaks too much.
Detail of wax sealed envelopes
Façade of Muiden Castle entrance and the stone bridge and drawbridge
Backplate of a cuirass, helmets and hauberk of foot soldiers
Reproduction of medieval Dutch soldier uniform
Miniature of a banquet at the Muiderslot Castle
Statue of Maria Tesselschade in the Muiderslot gardens
Statue entitled "Tesseltje," made by Gerarda Rueter in 1971, representing Maria Tesselschade, a poet from Amsterdam, who used to visit Muiden Castle during the XVII century.
Panorama of the castle dungeon in the south tower
Reinforced door from 1784 in one of the main rooms of the castle
Panorama of the castle's attic
Tree in the historic gardens of Muiderslot
Window of the gardens' vegetable arcade
One of the windows in the covered path between the Muiderslot gardens.
Dutch child armour
In this photo you can see the structure of the gauntlets of this training armour made for future knights.
Helmet of a Dutch child armour
Pauldrons, breastplate and gorget.
Detail of a Dutch armour from the 16th century
View of the inner courtyard of Muiderslot
Muiderslot gardens as seen from the castle
In this panoramic view you can see the gallery or covered path dividing the two gardens, the vegetable garden on the left, and the herb garden on the right.
Bushes clipped into cones bordering the Muiderslot gardens.
Vessels at the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club next to Muiderslot
In Dutch: "Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeil- & Roeivereeniging" (Royal Dutch Sailing and Rowing Club). In this picture from the castle grounds you can see the west battery of Muiden on the other shore of the Vecht, behind the vessels of the club, a strategic location overlooking the IJsselmeer. This battery is a round tower-fortress similar to the Ossenmarkt of Weesp, and was built in 1852.
The plum orchard and northeast façade of Muiderslot Castle
Muiderslot Castle as seen from the south
The stone bridge and drawbridge as seen from the interior of the castle of Muiden.
Northeast tower of Muiderslot
Muiderslot Castle's main façade