These two old grand ladies were lying in the harbour along Heerengracht. And they were not the only ones!
Count yourself lucky if you can get around by boat, either owned, rented, or as a guest on one. Lovely way to celebrate your holiday.
Ive rented cars several times to drive myself around the Netherlands - an easy country to drive around with good freeways and generally well signposted though at times a bit hair raising if youve not taken notice of place names enroute to your destination to know freeway changes - but with so many sights off the main train and bus routes its so worth getting a rental car and going for it independently.
Hence this tip driving yourself to off the beaten track Muiden about 15km from Amsterdam. Then from here youre free to take the minor roads that follow along the River Vecht pretty much all the way to Utrecht with pretty sights of windmills, farms and lush green fields, canals and river life along the way.
I rented from www.holidayautos.com this time - who sublet from National Cars - and picked up from Amsterdam's airport. I saved about 50 euro by hiring online through Holiday Autos rather than from National Cars, and thatd be the same for the other hire companies as well, which was a good deal especially as it was a weekend rental.
Renting from Schipol was convenient with efficient pickup just a few minutes walk from the airport's exit door and the well signposted freeways for whichever direction you want to head off from just a few minutes drive from the Rental station.
Though Muiden is rather small there was a good amount of parking available around the castle and fort area and signs to find your way to the castle/Muiderslot.
Muiderslot is absolutely do-able from Amsterdam.
From Amsterdam Amstel station, take line 110, 152 or 157, every 15 mins on weekdays and every half hour weekends. Trip takes 16 minutes.
The walk through Muiden to the castle is delightful and easy (about 20 minutes).
Muiden is a little town and parking space is limited within the old town. It was not a very busy day but the parking lots were quite full.
The rate is 1,30 euro per hour and parking is limited to 24 hours.
You can pay with cash (coins) or with a chip bank card.
I parked directly coming off the motorway A1 at parking lot P2. It is located outside the town of Muiden and it's free. It's a 5-10 minute walk to the town center so it actually is quite convenient.
When you park your car at P1 or P2, there are clear signs how to reach the town center and the castle on foot.
So you've saved money by using the free parking space and now you're on foot to the town center. The paths are easy and well maintained.