Muiden is a pleasant town in the Netherlands of approximately 7000 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 daytrip for anyone looking to get out of the city.
It takes about an hour to cycle from central Amsterdam to Muiden.
Until December 2005, Connexxion bus 136 runs from Amsterdam's Amstel Station, every half hour. This services terminates in December 2005.
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 three things to see in Muiden: the historic river quayside, the yachts moored there, and above all the Muiderslot, an originally 13th-century castle. Tours of the castle are usually in Dutch only. €7. . The castle is closed for restoration work until April 2006.