Situated along the rivers Vecht and Zuiderzee (South sea), Muiderslot, a fairy tale look-a-like castle is located in the town of Muiden which was founded in 953.
As the saying goes, ‘looking good for your age’ is an understatement when speaking of Muiderslot. Its first stone was laid on 1280 by the Count of Holland – Floris V who was merely 12 years old when Holland was turned over to him for his sole administration. He is remembered as the “god of the peasants”, thanks to his mostly peaceful and beneficial trade regime.
The river Vecht was once the main route for trading goods between Muiden and Utrecht, whereas Muiderslot enforced a toll on traders.
Near the end of 18th century, Muiderslot was utilized primarily as a prison and consequently neglected for years. It was first offered for sale and then later for destruction. King William the 1st prevented this drastic move. After 70 years of raising and saving gold, the castle was restored to its original beauty and returned its once lost glory.