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Muiden is a pleasant town in the Netherlands of approximately 4000 people, on the shores of the IJmeer, at the mouth of the Vecht river. The town is known for its yacht harbor and for its historic castle, Muiderslot. Its proximity to Amsterdam - it is just 12 km east of the city centre - makes it a good day trip for anyone looking to get out of the city.
It takes about an hour to cycle from central Amsterdam to Muiden. You can also take the train to Weesp, rent a bike at that railway station, and cycle to Muiden (2 kms).
By train and bus
The fastest way to reach Muiden from Amsterdam is to take the train to Weesp station, and then bus 110. The bus stop is in front of the station, service every half hour, hourly after 20.30, hourly on Sundays. The ride to Muiden takes just 5 minutes.
Connexxion bus 101, from Amsterdam's Amstel Station to Blaricum, also stops on the outskirts of Muiden. Service every half hour.
There are large parking areas on the outskirts of Muiden. It's not worth taking your car into the town itself. There are only two bridges across the river Vecht here, the motorway and a narrow swing bridge: on Sundays the narrow bridge is closed to cars.
Muiden is quite small, so getting around on foot or bicycle is the only reasonable option.
There are essentially four things to see in Muiden: the historic river quayside, the yachts moored there, the forst of the Stelling van Amsterdam and above all the Muiderslot
May-September 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 returning at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 Weekdays in April and October ferries run at 13:30 returning 15:30, weekends are the same as May-September. There are no Services on Modays. Mored details on official website (Dutch Only) Entrance including ferry trip is €12 or €8 for children
Visit the 'Muiderslot', a beautiful castle on the waterside.
Favorite restaurants are "Graaf Floris van Muiden" which attracts most tourists and sailers and the more exclusive "De Doelen". Both are situated on the quayside.
Cafe Ome Ko is the favorite place on the waterfront. Watch the boats go by!