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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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A delight!

What a find- do make time to go. Just past Dam Square. It is a beautiful circle of houses with a hidden church - and all of it hidden behind a large door that leads into a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Small courtyard with old houses. Worth a quick look but would not occupy most people for long. The most exciting part is finding the entrance, not hard to find when you know what you are looking for, but nice to find the entrance to this secret garden type area (although it is not much of a garden really).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

What a find- do make time to go. Just past Dam Square. It is a beautiful circle of houses with a hidden church - and all of it hidden behind a large door that leads into a beautiful tiled passage, opening up into this amazing courtyard of fabulous houses. So much history and so peaceful.Try and visit if you can-... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A nice tranquil place to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Our visit was on a Sunday and the singing from a service in a chapel added to the peaceful mood. Lots of very old buildings/Alms houses surround grassed courtyard. If you are passing take a look but it wont take too long to visit and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I don't understand why this place it's so overrated. Of course it's nice to see a dozen of different houses with a garden in the middle but this place it's nothing special. Spend 3 minutes here and then go away.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a hidden delight, despite the amount of attention it gets on Tripadvisor. So calm and relaxing, with a beautiful chapel that prompted me to light a candle (I'm not religious at all!). The gardens were lovely, despite it being early spring. One thing that annoyed me was the signs clearly saying do not photograph, and the visitors doing exactly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Hop off the tram at Spui (Spow, Americans! Please don't make it spoo-ey! They tend to cringe at us a bit.) and head towards the square. You'll find a unique wooden, arched door with a gold plaque on your left midway down the path. Don't question if this is the door, don't question if you belong - just walk in.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

we saw it early morning before groups, it was so intimate, really ancient and private, something magic in the atmosphere

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Beginjhof was on my list of places I would like to visit while we were in Amsterdam but we din't get there until our last day. I am glad we did not miss it. There is not a lot to see but what there is is lovely and interesting. The courtyard itself is almost hidden through a narrow archway and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great place to have some peace and quit in de themiddle of Amsterdam, near to shops and alle kinds of nice little restaurants as well as 5 minutes away from the Dam and the palace and appr 110 minutes from 'de negen straatjes' (the nine streets)..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Like all of these, it is not easy to find but worth the effort. It is a large, gardened hidden courtyard with some of the oldest houses( included a rare wooden one) in the city. It has a Catholic chapel that is worth visiting as it was all part of refuge for Catholics in the protestant country.

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