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Begijnhof

Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #25 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited this in 1997 and you were able to walk around the whole square and take photographs, such an oasis amongst all the hassle and bustle of Amsterdam. However 17 years on, only a small part of the square is open to the public and you are not allowed to take photos. I appreciate it is home to people,... More

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Atlanta Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Although the entrance is hard to find, Beginhof is worth visiting. It is in the center of town, near the Spui. The price is right because it is free. It is a interesting little courtyard with some of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. There is the church where the grandfathers of the Pilgrims prayed. There is a constant flood of... More

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This site is well worth a quick visit. It's a little piece and quiet from the hustle of the city. You are asked to remain quiet and not take photos, of which only about half of the visitors complied while we were there. If you visit be respectful.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Just a piece of relaxing quiet atmosphere in the middle of the town, where you can experience what could have been the live of old women in old times

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is definitely worth a visit. The moment you cross those doors, it feels like you've stepped into a parallel universe. It's peaceful and awe-inspiring. It also has one of the few remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam - Het Houten Huis (although this one is not all wood). And, please, be respectful of the people who live there. Speak quietly... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

There are two entrances/exits to the Begijnhof, one through a wooden door one through an archway- both a little obscure. A lovely retreat from the crowds in either the garden area or church. NOTE - please respect the sign at the entrance that asks for "no cameras" to be used.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Hard to believe that right in the middle of the city behind a big wooden door stands this quiet little "village" with beautiful gardens. I also love how the apartments are still only rented to women following the tradition since it was built.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

As someone else already said here "Completely different experience". Just a wooden door separates this unique location within the very heart of Amsterdam from its surrounding. Very silent and peaceful, without tourist crowds and drug dealers, traffic noise and heavy drinkers, this was really nice for a change. Nice garden, pretty houses, clean paths.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The thing with Begijnhof isn't the garden itself or the two chapels inside it, but the conrast one experiences during the visit. A simple gate separates two very different places, providing a very strong, almost spiritual experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Hidden by a wooden door, this place is a must visit in Amsterdam. Peaceful, clean and it's in the middle of the city. Highly recommended!

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