News of: Tuesday, June 27 2006,

Queen re-opens medieval Muiderslot castle

The Queen has today opened the Muiderslot castle, after an extensive redecoration.

The Muiderslot (official website in Dutch, here is an English site) was built around 1280 and it is one of the best conserved medieval castles in the Netherlands.

It is located in Muiden (a small, picturesque village in the vicinity of Amsterdam), about 9 miles (14 km) from Amsterdam.

The castle was built by Count Floris V, and is now in use as a museum.

The purpose of the redecoration was to make 80% of the castle accessible to the public, in stead of the 30% before. The castle could formerly only be visited in a guided tour, but now there are 2 self-guided routes in the castle, and there are audiotours available.

The castle can best be reached from the train station Amsterdam Amstel, by bus lines 101, 152 or 157 (take about 16 minutes). The Amstel train station can be reached by any metro line departing from Central Station (5 stops), or by train.