Excursion

Visit to Castle Middachten

Embark on an excursion to discover the surprising charms of Middachten Castle. The understated elegance of this moated castle's exterior barely hints at the impressive grandeur that lies within.

  • Code
    ARN-04
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Cultural
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    3.5 Hours

Depart from your river ship for a short drive by Crystal motor coach to Middachten Castle. Originally a medieval fortification set within the curving Ijssel River, the historic mansion is fringed by a water lily-dotted moat and artfully sculpted gardens, making it one of the Netherlands' most beautiful national monuments.

A guided tour will take you back in time as you stroll through centuries of history and decorative styles. Admire an array of impressive furnishings, paintings and artifacts while exploring its architectural splendors, which include a huge double staircase crowned by a jaw-dropping stucco dome. Your tour of the interior is capped with a short break for light refreshments. Then, proceed outdoors for a visit to the magnificent gardens, which were designed with the gardens of Versailles as inspiration.

Your engaging castle visit concludes with a drive back to your Crystal river ship.

Important Notes:
This excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces and climbing a large number of stairs. Participants should wear flat, comfortable shoes. It is not suitable for wheelchairs. Guests should bring rain gear and sunscreen, as weather can change quickly.