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Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: 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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Pretty enclosed courtyard dating back to the Middle Ages

The Begijnhof is very much a hidden location which was shown to us on a guided walking tour around the streets of Amsterdam. The entrance from the nearby street could easily be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Begijnhof is very much a hidden location which was shown to us on a guided walking tour around the streets of Amsterdam. The entrance from the nearby street could easily be passed by to the unknown, taking the steps down we are now at street level in Medieval times. The Begijnhof was the sanctuary of the Begijntes, Catholic sisterhood... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

If you can go in the chapel as well. The courtyard is pleasant and worth a visit. The inside of the chapel makes the stop worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Stop by the Begijnhof courtyard when in Amsterdam to see one of the only two wooden houses still standing in the city and to soak up some atmosphere. The courtyard is small but in high season there are inevitably other tourists milling around and taking photos. A thorough visit takes 20 minutes. There is a plaque near the entrance that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We found the Begijnhof quite by accident early on a sunny spring morning. The flowers were blooming and there were only a few other people around. The noise of the city completely disappeared. It was amazing. We wandered around, soaking up the sun and then exploring the churches. It almost felt like it was no longer 2015. We did return... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I agree with other travelers that Beginhof is a lovely inner court right in the heart of Amsterdam. The court has houses surrounding it, a church and some sculptures. I don't agree with the comments about how Beginhof is tranquil or a "hidden gem". On the afternoon that we visited, there were about 200 people in the courtyard. Tour group... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is a really nice little oasis in the middle of Amsterdam. Pretty old houses and a lovely church. I wouldn't say it's amazing given all there is to see, but worth walking through. You can't walk right around the garden as its restricted as people live here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

It was fantastic to see the Church where the Puritans who would eventually settle in America took refuge. I loved this little tranquil space in the middle of the city. So peaceful and beautiful. Take some time to look around and really take in the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If it wasn't for the guided tour we went on, we would've never found this beautiful place! It was very interesting to learn its history and although I'm not extremely religious, it was very peaceful to sit inside the chapel and just look around at and think abut all the history that had been made in that room. A must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

From walking down a street full of shops and restaurants, you wouldn't expect to find this quiet, religious quarter off to the side. Begijnhof is a serene haven with old architecture different from the local surroundings. There's a nice church and a chapel, with some houses as well although I'm not sure if they are inhabited or if they're the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The Begijnhof is very cute and you feel kind of "out of the city" in there. There are a bit too much tourists in it but you feel the peace and introspective of this place anyway. A lot of tulips grow there in spring. The church inside the Begijnhof is very nice, too.

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