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Begijnhof

Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #25 of 272 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is...
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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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Plymouth
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

There are signs to the "nuns houses", but it is still a little tricky to find this street. Persevere and you are in for a treat. The street is up a narrow pedestrian lane. You are met by a poster telling you the history and also stating that photography is not allowed. I have visited before when you could take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Happened upon this wandering through the city and it was a surprise. Such a quiet place right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle- a must visit.

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

When I visited this site it was essentially a walk through experience to see this historic enclave. I knew about it but thought it was in a different area and just happened to stumble upon it. This is a large courtyard surrounded by lovely old Amsterdam style houses with a very pretty old church in the centre. In addition the... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Really is worth a few minutes to visit this tranquil spot in this bustling city. Beautiful row of old houses around a grassy area just a short walk from the busiest shopping street. One of the oldest houses in Amsterdam is here.

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boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Hidden in the center of the city is this lovely respite. The Amsterdam type houses are lovely and there’s a gorgeous garden and a couple of churches too. Apparently it was once a type of convent (although the nuns never took official vows) and it’s charm and peacefulness is unmatched by any other place we visited while on a tour... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Walked through a wooden door (like any other) and entered the oldest inner court buildings in Amsterdam. Within this courtyard is the restored wooden house only one of two remaining. You will find many characteristically Amsterdam-style town-houses. Interesting to spend some time here. Beautiful and insightful

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Brookfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have been to amsterdam many times... who knew this was there. I had walked by the gates many times an never knew. It is not a long visit, just find the gates and pop in for a peaceful stroll. In the middle of a bustling city there lies complete quiet and amazing architecture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I entered this area through a nondescript door in a busy part of the city near the Dam. Inside was a pleasant garden and two small churches, one with interesting stained glass windows about the Miracle of Amsterdam..well worth a visit,,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This place located nearby Cafe Esprit at Spui, i didn't know about this place, my Airbnb host suggest it to me while we discussing about attraction in Amsterdam. I spend about 30min there... alone --- so peacefully! Beautiful place.

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Indiana, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I knew this place existed and had it on my "to do" list whilst visiting Amsterdam. Alas, I found it by accident; I walked down a crooked alleyway and through a door (oop's, excuse me). A pleasant accident none the less! This is a great spot by the shopping district (hidden in the center of the city) to stop for... More 

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