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Begijnhof

Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #31 of 298 attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This place really is a hidden gem, we spent a while trying to find it and took a few wrong turns but when we found it it felt like we where in a secret garden it was lovely, well worth a visit.

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Stockport, UK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Well worth seeking this hidden gem out. Very tranquil little square of perfect houses with a lot of interesting history behind them. On a sunny day there is also plenty of shaded areas to relax in and take in the views.

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Amsterdam, Nederland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Really worth a visit even for locals. It's like a little secret in the centre of the city, a beautifully maintained view into the past.

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Amsterdam
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107 reviews 107 reviews
78 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Begijnhof is one of many court yards (hof) in amsterdam. This peacefull place is hidden in the middle of the busiest shopping area. Everytime I'm in the city centre, this would be my shorcut to the tram stop. It's not easy to find this place as it stopped behind the shops. From Central station take tram no. 1, 2 or... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were having a quiet lunch Esprit cafe, while having a sandwich watch at least 200 people in this door of a home. I asked our waitress what I was and sh explained it was a garden and haven for nuns.......... We entered and found a delightful chapel, church and tranquil settings NO PHOTOS was on the signs it was... More

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I went there once to see it and I have to say I was impressed hpw they keep this place and so much order. I really enjoyed passibg over there and its a must tpuristic point...

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Stockholm, Sweden
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

It is almost in central Amsterdam and it easy to miss, but you shouldn't. It is a well preserved are, houses and garden, in almost perfect condition. There are also a little church.

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Corpus Christi, TX
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Very tiny, very private, hard to find but worth the effort. No admission fee, but you can make a donation in the chapel. I would encourage people to remember that this small courtyard is the private home of 93 elderly ladies. PLEASE- Keep your voices down... Today there were people on their cell phones speaking loudly and couple of younger... More

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Vienna, Austria
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I was quite surprised when I saw this attraction is not rated 1st. It is probably because many people do not know about it, which makes it even more attractive! Please do not forget to turn left from Kalverstraat (on the way up to Dam) - you will never regret it. Located in the midst of the busy market street,... More

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Kirtland, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a nice stop to take a breath and enjoy some quiet time. Very interesting history. The chapels are beautiful and the entire area is an oasis in the middle of all the craziness outside. You are asked to be quiet and respect the wishes of the residents. Worth a trip!

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