In the 17th century, the poet and writer P.C. Hooft from Amsterdam resided at Muiderslot castle. He was often lonely and felt it was too quiet, so he invited friends on a regular basis. They enjoyed their days singing, making music, performing plays, reading poetry, talking, drinking and eating in the Knights’ Hall. His guests were eager to be enchanted and inspired by the castle and its gardens. Two centuries later, the group of friends gains fame as the Muiderkring.