The first castle on this site was built around 1280 by Count Floris V of Holland, to control the estuary of the river Vecht into the former Zuidersea. And undoubtedly it would also have been used to raise toll from passing ships on the river Vecht, as this river flowed through the territory of the bishops of Utrecht; opponents of Floris.In 1296...more
7.50 euro entrance fee and 2.50 euro for a guide book - though there are free brochures along at the castle with a map of what there is to see in the castle.The info boards around the entrance are interesting with historical information of the castle along with the necessities of opening times and the layout. These tell us that the castle is...more
The sign says here that the ' construction of Fort Aan Het Pampus was a cause of disagreement between the army and the government. The army saw no good in the structure because it considered the defense of the Zuiderzee to be a task of the navy and they didnt expect warships to be able to negotiate the shallow Zuiderzee anyway.The politicians...more
Pampus is a shallow area in the former inland sea the Zuiderzee. At low tide it used to block the access of seagoing ships to the Amsterdam port. It was quite a handicap for the VOC, the Dutch East Indian Trading Company.Late in the 19th century an island fort was built at the site as one of a ring of 42 fortifications surrounding Amsterdam. The...more
National museum MuiderslotA beautiful castle not far from Amsterdam. Tours under supervision of a guide. Start: Few times per hour.Duration: About 50 minutesOpening hoursApril to october:Mon to Fri: 10.00 to 17.00 hrs Sat and Sun: 13.00 to 17.00 hrsNovember to MarchtSat and Sun: 13.00 to 16.00 hrs.more
It was a sunny and warm day, the day that I visited Muiden. On the pavement along the water were various outdoor seatings to enjoy lunch. I chose to have my lunch at Graaf Floris V and enjoyed the view of the rotating bridge and the pleasure boats passing by.
Service was quick and good.
The restaurant-cafe itself has oldfashioned style with dark gleaming wood. Quite nice. Toilets were good too.
English lunch menu
Full menu in English
Favorite Dish: I had a great fish soup with 2 big chunks of crusty dark bread for 4,90 euro. Two diet Cokes with lemon and the total amounted to 8,70 euro. Not expensive!
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...more
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).more
Unfortunately I had no time to browse, but this shop did look enticing! I'm guessing you'll find a lot of treasures here. Just the things you weren't looking for at all, or something you'd been searching for a while for.
Jokes aside - there was quite a crowd getting a bit impatient at the slow progress - well none for a while - at getting through the ticket booth. Which took about a half an hour wait to finally get my ticket! At the beginning of the queue was a group in medieval costumes so I wondered what interesting entertainment might be going on once we got...more
Taking our fountain of knowledge VTer AnkeThea's (ATLC) advice I took the roads that follow along the River Vecht from Muiden down to Utrecht - I got to Vreeland though (after many photos and pretty sights) and got onto the faster road directly to Utrecht.
But I would recommend this route as a lovely drive - you get to see lovely villages along the way, came across a number of windmills, and a mix of lovely green fields and canals with the residences of those that live right beside the river or on it in their houseboats.
Muiden is situated on the estuary of the river Vecht. The river Vecht starts near Utrecht and along its borders are some of the most beautiful scenery and grand manors that this little country boasts. The river ends in the estuary at Muiden into the IJsselmeer.
So you can imagine there's a lot of sailing and motoryachting going on here.
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Below few words that you can use while traveling in Holland:good morning = goedemorgengood afternoon = goedemiddaggood evening = goedenavondsee you = tot zienssee you soon = tot gauwyes = jano = neemaybe = misschienare you sure? (of it) = ben je daar zeker van?of course! = natuurlijk!thank you (formal) = dank U welthank you (informal) = dank je...more