A small-scale and one of a kind stronghold with a rich history
The stronghold of Muiden boarders the IJmeer (IJ Lake) and has everything to offer for a perfect day trip. Take a stroll along the ancient streets with their lovely little shops, enjoy the sun while relaxing on one of the many terraces and feast your eyes on the splendid ships that sail in to the impressive sea lock. While visiting Muiden, be sure to check out the Muiderslot (Muiden Fortress). The castle is situated at the estuary of the river Vecht, near the IJmeer (IJ Lake). Inside, the tower tour and the knight’s tour lead you through count Floris V’s fortress, who ordered the building of the Muiderslot. Take an audio tour (in English) or try one of the self-guided tours. For children there is an interactive search through the castle that ends with a virtual accolade.The fortress shows 7 centuries of defensive works. The gardens and the falconer are also worth a visit! Find out more about the Muiderslot at www.muiderslot.nl .
The fortress island of Pampus
It takes only a half hour boat trip to reach the Fortress Island of Pampus, offering you a splendid view of Amsterdam. The island is part of the Stelling van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Defence Line) and the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (another Dutch defence line) and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You can get to the island by ferry, but privately owned boats are welcome as well. Take a guided tour around the fortress or explore the place yourself (using a map of course). Find out all you need to know at www.pampus.nl .
The Muizenfort (Mice Fortress)
The Muizenfort was built to strengthen the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (Dutch defence line). Nowadays it is used as a museum, that has as its main attraction a circuit of trenches. Find out more about the Muizenfort at www.muidermuizenfortmuseum.nl .