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“I can't think of more exciting way to see Muiderslot!”

Amsterdam Tourist Ferry - Boat Excursions
Ranked #139 of 520 things to do in Amsterdam
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Owner description: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city center, and sail with our historical boats to Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot or Fortress Island Pampus! We are the only company that offers this adventurous and interesting tour, to some of the best kept secrets of Amsterdam. Did you know that Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot is already 700 years old, and the best kept medieval castle of Holland? Or visit fortress Island Pampus, where soldiers lived untill world war I. Both destinations offer ample activities to discover the unique Dutch water defence works, and military history. Or just relax and enjoy the sunny ride! The ferry service is carried out with a traditional barge, built in 1899, and is named Sailboa. On board you'll find a fully equipped bar, toilets, a flush deck with tables and chairs and for cold and wet days the interior is heated!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 19 August 2013

The complete experience of approaching a castle by a boat is one of a kind (I've visited many castles, but none from a boat until now). Imre & Nora are very easy going, friendly & eager to chat about the history of that part of Amsterdam. The boat is very stable (for those concerned being sea-sick) & Imre seems to be a careful captain. I've had fantastic coffee on board too! The Muiderslot castle is beautiful, very authentic, although the guided tour was limited to just few rooms, you are allowed to roam the castle by yourself. Even as adult woman, I absolutely loved reaching the castle by boat, the views were spectacular & overall experience unforgettable!

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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We were a little frustrated at first, as the tram drivers were no help finding the harbor where the ferry is moored, and we missed it the first day. However, we tried again the next day and were really glad we made the effort. The 45min ferry ride was beautiful. The ferry has both topside seating for sunny days, and enclosed seating below decks in case it rains. The crew both spoke english and were some of the nicest people we met on our trip. The ferry charge, 19 euros, covers the trip both ways plus admission to the castle.

Castle Muiderslot is on my must see list if you are visiting Amsterdam with children. The day we were there, the castle was full of local school children on field trips - I was told that only about 110,000 people visit the castle every year, and about 90% of them are Dutch. I am assuming this is because the tram/bus trip to the castle is a pain, and drops you off about 1km from the castle - the ferry drops you off right at the castle grounds. The castle is in amazing condition and is a great example of a 16th century castle. There are two self guided tours that are complete with some interactive displays and lots of props. Most of the room signage is in English and Dutch, though individual displays were sometimes only in Dutch. The self guided tours really give you access to parts of the castle that you wouldn't usually get in other countries. In addition, we took a free guided tour that took us behind locked doors into 5 rooms that were decorated with period pieces and paintings from the period of the castle when it was last actively inhabited (by Hooft, 1609-1647). The tour was in Dutch, but our guide recapped everything in English and also gave us a laminated guide in english that covered the rooms and also Dutch customs. There is a cafe on sight with food for sale, as well as a small giftshop. We spent a little over two hours on both the 30min tour and self guided tours, but did not have time to wander the gardens (the ferry has a fixed drop off and pick up time). However, that amount of time was plenty as we feel we were able to see everything we wanted to, and were given a great insight into life in Holland during the period.

In summary, this is a must see for families. The castle is beautiful and educational, the ferry ride back was relaxing, and the kids had lots to talk about regarding Dutch customs and how to make your child grow up straight. As noted above, I would consider going on a weekend to avoid the school crowds, and I would definetely take the ferry. There are tight doorways and really tight staircases, so making the trip with a toddler might be a challenge, and strollers won't go anywhere but the castle courtyard. However, kids from 6 to teens should love it.

*If you're going to go by ferry, take the #26 ferry to the last stop (#26 goes out to the end of a peninsula and back, so if you miss the last stop, it will turn around and back track a little). Don't listen to the tram driver; if you ask them anything about a boat, they will probably tell you to get off at the first stop where the cruise liners dock, which is about 1.5km short of where you need to be. After you get off a the last stop, back track about 1/2 block, then wander into the middle of the block - there's a harbor hidden in there, with a restaurant and a children's preschool. There is no signage for the ferry, but it's the biggest, oldest looking boat there. I would plan for 45min of travel time from the center of Amsterdam, or 25 min if you're with a local who knows the tram map and schedule well. Allow plenty of time, as there is currently only one trip out and one back each day. If you get to the last stop with time to spare, walk from the stop to the shore, as you can then walk back up the coast for a nice 5min stroll until you hit the lock and drawbridge to the harbor. Hang a left and you'll see the Harbor about 175m inland - can't miss it.

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Reviewed 6 April 2013

Jump on a boat ride across beautiful still water for an atmospheric trip to a medieval castle. Absolutely great day out ... Start by catching a tram to Pampuslaam and then a 5 minute walk to the docks. Jump on for about an hours trip across beautiful water chatting to the onboard dog... I think he speaks english. Muiderslot tickets are included in the price and it's fascinating on it's own but we enjoyed the trip there especially. There are hot drinks available and some small snacks. The crew is friendly as are the other passengers .. I would have no problem recommending this as a great day out, especially for kids.

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