Castle garden in bloom

Until September 1, 2019

Until the 1st of September 2019 visitors of Rijksmuseum Muiderslot can learn more about the historic gardens surrounding the castle. The fortifications around the Muiderslot are part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Volunteers and holy beans
The Muiderslot is surrounded by unique gardens that were first laid out in the 17th century. With the yield from the gardens, the most delicious meals have been prepared for centuries in the castle. And still the gardens produce a rich harvest every year. The gardens are lovingly and expertly cared for by dozens of volunteers. From Monday to Friday they are happy to give curious visitors explanations. What do holy beans look like? Do black tomatoes really exist? What is the bleaching of vegetables? Which medicinal properties do herbs have? Come along, ask your questions and learn the ins and outs of 17th century gardening.

Activities for young and old
This summer many activities will take place in or around the castle gardens. Fun for young and old! Please check out the agenda on the homepage of this website.

Portrait photos and film
There is also work by contemporary artists. Photographer Roderik Rotting recently portrayed all flower volunteers of the Muiderslot. This group decorates the museum rooms with flowers, branches, leaves, herbs and fruits from the castle gardens. All decorations are based on 17th-century floral art. Rotting photographed the volunteers during their work. He also made a silent film about the gardens of the Muiderslot. Both the photo portraits and the film will be shown in the castle garden, near and in the casemate. Rotting will also expand the series of portraits with photos of all garden volunteers.