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Begijnhof

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Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 622 1918
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged...

Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.

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A quiet spot in the centre of a hectic city

It's lovely to stroll through for a quiet 15 minutes. Most tourists miss it, as it's well hidden. Make an effort to find it!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's lovely to stroll through for a quiet 15 minutes. Most tourists miss it, as it's well hidden. Make an effort to find it!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful 17th century beguinage with houses surrounding a well kept lawn in the middle of the busy city. There is also a beautiful old church (Engelse Kerk) and a separate chapel. The houses were originally built to accomodate older widowed women in a familiar and cozy environment. The houses are however no longer accessable as a fence has been placed... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the few quiet places left in Amsterdam. A very quiet courtyard that houses mainly older religious women. 2 churches to visit. One of the 2 remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam is here. It dates back to 1420 and is on number 34.When you do visit, please be quiet!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Begijnhof, beguinage, used to be an oasis of rest right in the center of medieval Amsterdam. For that very reason it became a popular tourist attraction. Soon the residents felt like they were living in a theme park attraction. As a result, the beguinage introduced various measures. A large section of the walkway is closed to visitors, and the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some folks have trouble finding this little enclave. It's in Spui area accessible through one of two doors. Inside is a quiet enclave of houses, small parks, and old churches. Great history. Not terribly exciting, but if you're in the area, definitely try to stop by.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great opportunity to see traditional architecture, easy to access - right in the center, so that you can drop in on your way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place is a secret spot, very beautiful and quaint in city centre just off kalverstraat. a must see

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Known to only a few locals this romantic garden gives you a silent escape from the hectic city centre of Amsterdam. This garden is surrounded by homes of elderly people, so please be quiet when you visit the Begijnhof. You are not allowed to walk on the grass. When you rest here you feel a spiritual atmosphere, because of two... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you enter through the porch form the Spui square you enter in a fairy tale world. You find yourself all of a sudden in a kind of little village where the bustling sound of the city has no excess to.The houses were built in the Middle Ages for unmarried women who belonged to a certain church. They were servicing... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute court to visit. Formely only women were allowed to live and move here. Its a little gem in the midst of the busy city. It's green, hosts the tiniest chapel and is fun to see once.

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