Dungeons, Falcons and Jousting - all 15 minutes from Amsterdam.
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We started the day at the destination farther from home, so it took about one and half hours to drive back to Muiderslot. When Rob was setting the TomTom we were both surprised that the castle is on the Herengracht just like our own the canal that we live on in
When we turned off the highway to go to the castle we expected it to be set away from the town. We were shocked to be driving down a tiny, old residential street in town. I was getting worried that Tom had steered us wrong when Rob said there it is. I looked up and saw the towers of the castle ahead.
On to the castle. We decided to buy the museum card again to get in. It is a great deal in The
When we turned to enter, we were faced with a fairytale castle. It has four towers, a moat and drawbridge and the crenellations around the top. It was like someone opened the storybook and pulled it out life sized. There are actually two moats; we had crossed one as we entered. Across from the front of the castle are the gardens. They are a mixture of beauty and functionality. Well landscaped and having walkways bordered with hedges, the bed are a mixture so flowers and vegetables. It is all very practical. They could grow food for the castle and enjoy a nice garden and by having it outside the walls save valuable space inside.
Once we crossed the drawbridge, we entered a central courtyard.
We started our tour in the dungeon, which was pretty small. It was in a small round room with stocks and chains. Some kids were playing there when we went down.
Next we went on the Ridderroute (Knight’s Route) up the
There was a nice display around one side of the room telling about the different towns in the area and their relationship to the castle. The views out of the windows across the fields or water were nice, but not spectacular.
We went downstairs to a large room. They had costumes set-up on forms so you could put your face and arms in and take pictures. There were also customs for kids to dress up as knights and ladies. Rob had to try out a couple of the costumes. He was too cute as a jester. Next we went to the armory. They had a couple of cool displays. One was many different types of armor helmets you could look through.
From the armory it was down and back to the courtyard. There was a woman doing a falconry exhibition. The only other time I’ve seen falconry was at
Further up in the towers was the chapel which has been converted to use as a theater. They show educational films about the castle. Next to that is the library for the family. In between the two was the toilet. In castle they were put in the outside wall to allow the waste to drop into the moat. This meant the moat was a breeding ground for bacteria and disease.
Upward once again we were in a defensive room. Here they had weapons to shoot at enemies outside. They also had the welcome holes where they could pour hot oil or other liquids on people trying to gain entrance to the castle, talk about a warm welcome. From here we had access to the battlements.
Going into the last tower we could assess, we headed back down to the courtyard. On the way we passed a privy, which is an outdoor toilet in the wall of the castle. There are five of them accessible in the courtyard. Like the other it drops the waste into the moat. In the winter when the moat froze over they would cover the waste with hay.
Back in the courtyard we decided it was time to head home. We crossed back over the drawbridge and got some exterior pictures.
We returned to the car and made our way back to
I have and continue to travel anywhere and everywhere I can point to on the globe (that fits into my monthly budget). I am also making a commitment to enjoy more of what my home of now 2 1/2 years. It's a beautiful country and deserved dicovery, by me!