Castle Muiderslot by Jo Nijenhuis

Canon EOS 350D Canon lens 34mm 1/200sec F/11 ISO-400
Photo made on October 6, 2008

The Muiderslot is a castle in the Netherlands, located at the mouth of the river Vecht, some 15 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee. It’s one of the better known castles in the Netherlands and has been featured in many television shows set in the Middle Ages.

The history of the Muiderslot (Castle Muiden, where muiden means rivermouth) begins with Count Floris V who built a stone castle at the mouth of the river back in 1280, when he gained command over an area that used to be part of the See of Utrecht. The River Vecht was the trade route to Utrecht, one of the most important tradetowns of that age. The castle was used to enforce a toll on the traders. It is a relatively small castle, measuring 32 by 35 metres with brick walls well over 1.5 metres thick. A large moat surrounded the castle.

A hundred years later, in 1370, the castle was rebuilt on the same spot based on the same plan, by Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, who at that time was also the Count of Holland and Zeeland.

The next famous owner of the castle shows up in the 16th century, when P.C. Hooft (1581-1647), a famous author, poet and historian took over sheriff and bailiff duties for the area (Het Gooiland). For 39 years he spent his summers in the castle and invited friends, scholars, poets and painters such as Vondel, Huygens, Bredero and Maria Tesselschade, over for visits. This group became known as the Muiderkring. He also extended the garden and the (plum-) orchard, while at the same time an outer earthworks defense system was put into place.

At the end of the 18th century, the castle was first used as a prison, then abandoned and became derelict. Further neglect caused it to be offered for sale in 1825, with the purpose of it being demolished. Only intervention by King William I prevented this. Another 70 years went by until enough money was gathered to restore the castle in its former glory.

The Muiderslot is currently a national museum (Rijksmuseum). The insides of the castle, its rooms and kitchens, have been restored to look like they did in the 17th century and several of the rooms now house a good collection of arms and armour.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot

  • Thanks Antanas for the beautiful comment!
    Happy Weeekend, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 6 years ago

    Interesting, it very much like one I saw in Scotland build to reflect French style. Thanks for the details it really brings you there.

  • Thanks Mary for the great comment! I think there are more castles like this one in whole Europe! Just the spirit of that time!
    Happy Weekend, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Fascinating! Gorgeous photo and the information is wonderful!

  • Thanks Avril for the fantastic comment, good to see you!
    Happy Weekend & Hugs, Joke ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 6 years ago

    This is great Joke!! Does it have a draw-bridge too?

  • Thanks Steph glad you like the castle, yes it have a draw-bridge too! I have more photos from all around the castle, upload more later!
    Happy Weekend to you, Joke ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture dear Joke!

  • Thanks dear Béla for the wonderful comment!
    Happy Sunday, Joke ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 6 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Rick for the great comment, I’m glad you like it!
    Happy Sunday, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • ienemien
    ienemienover 6 years ago

    WOOOW Joke…mooi !!! Geweldig dat je gefeatured bent…kusjes je zusje

  • Thanks dear Sis its really a fantastic castle, great to walk there too!
    Kusje je Zusje ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkover 6 years ago

    I love how you put all the wonderful information to go along with this beautiful piece of history! Stunning!

  • Thanks Beve, yeah I always do a search on google to find information, its the story behind a photo, love it too!
    Happy and Sunny Weekend for you, Joke ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Butterfly2008
    Butterfly2008over 6 years ago

    WOW! Thanks so much for the info too!

  • Thanks for the WOW comment Butterfly and for making it Fav … I’m very pleased!
    Wish you A Happy Sunday, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Marinapallett
    Marinapallettover 6 years ago


  • Hello Mariana, thank you so very much for the super comment!
    Happy Sunday, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

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