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Begijnhof

Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #21 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Indiana, USA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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Delmar, New York
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We visited Amsterdam in April and made a point of tracking down and locating this oasis of tranquility. It is very easy to miss unless you know the location. Nondescript entrance door to a world of yesteryear - its like walking through a time warp. It is a beautiful secluded and insulated world unto itself. Lovely garden to walk around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Just off of the busy shopping streets lies the Begijnhof. It's a beautiful quiet corner to visit and a step back in time from the hustle and bustle of this part of town. Pop in and also look out for some of the other tiny, less known and beautiful 'hofje' in Amsteram - little gems.

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Anaheim, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 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.

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Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Quiet place (hofje) which you don't expect in this area.One could be dissapointed,because it is nothing astonishing, but stay a while and you will feel the peace.There is also small cosy chapel,which you can visit and pray.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Went through here on a tour and it was a very small area; walked through it in less than 2 minutes. Nice greenery but not somewhere I would linger long since there are great parks all around the city. NOTE: There are rules that you must be totally quiet when walking through because people live here.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It's an oasis of piece and quiet in a vibrant city. This small eclave is still inhabited by unmarried women. It really is unbelivable that such places still exist in the modern world. You might have a problem to find the entrance - there are two. One (typicla brownstone doors) at Spui and the second one near the Amsterdam Museum.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I read about this place and I was very curious to find it, after walking around the area I found this hidden door, I opened and.... no scream, no noise... some houses and silence. I was lucky because I did not met a lot of tourist and I really enjoyed this place, a paradise in Amsterdam.

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Guildford Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Walk passed the American Bookstore and open the wooden door which leads to this beautiful little world. A tranquil little oasis in the midst of bustling Amsterdam. The Bequines used to live here but the last one died some years ago but the beautiful houses are still populated by women. The English Reform Church and the Roman Catholic Church face... More 

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Belsele
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

this really is cute and you must have seen it. This takes you back into time ! when shopping in the kalverstraat and you need a break, go here. very quiet too.

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