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The first castle had been built here around 1280 by Count Floris V. He wanted to protect the mouth of the river Vecht. In 1296, the count was kidnapped and held captive, later he was killed, and the castle was destroyed. In 1370, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria built a new castle on the ruins of the old one. At that time, Muiderslot did not serve as an aristocratic residence: it was a court and the state prison.
The most famous inhabitant of Muiderslot was the famous Dutch writer, poet and historian Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, who lived in the castle from 1609 to 1647. He could live here because he was the sheriff of Muiden. Hooft invited here other well-known artists, with whom he worked and enjoyed himself. The contemporary interiors of the castle have been preserved from these times. At the end of the 17th century, Muiderslot was expanded into a new fortress.
By the beginning of the 19th century, the castle was falling into disrepair. It seemed that it would be demolished and sold as building material. King William I eventually repudiated the demolition, so the castle was restored in 1895. Muiderslot underwent a reconstruction between the years 1948-1972. This reconstruction has repaired some inadequate previous alterations. Nowadays is Muiderslot a home to the National Museum, and it hosts a series of cultural events.
Muiderslot is opened all year round. From April till November it is opened on weekdays 10.00-17.00, and at weekends 13.00-17.00. From November to April it is open only at weekends 13.00-16.00. Taking photos inside of the castle is forbidden.