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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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Lovely little spot

While not a destination in itself...it is a beautiful and tranquil place with a nice history. It is easy to miss, as the entrance is small and barely marked. A small chapel in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Minden, NV

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

While not a destination in itself...it is a beautiful and tranquil place with a nice history. It is easy to miss, as the entrance is small and barely marked. A small chapel in the center of some wonderful old (yet still inhabited) homes. It was a pleasure to walk through. We probably spent 10 to 15 minutes here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Both the church and the square (or triangle) in which it sits, are closed off from the rest of the city. You slip through what looks like an alley and enter into the courtyard of what was formerly a convent. If I'm not mistaken, the oldest wooden building in Amsterdam is in one of the far corners of the courtyard.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It is a hidden garden as it is surrounded by buildings. Public access Is allowed until a certain time. The area is a private.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Step away from the buzz of the city into this most peaceful courtyard. Beautiful church and chapel and lovely houses surrounding a grassy area. Real feeling of peace and serenity.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I am not quite sure what all the praise is about here; Begijnhof is surely a lovely, quiet place in the middle of the city hustle and bustle, but still it's pretty much just a little square surrounded by typically Amsterdam houses that you can see all around the city. OK, there is a nice piece of history behind it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This courtyard formerly housed lay catholic religious women now housing for needy Amsterdam women. The massive protestant church dominates, but the Catholic chapel masquerades as an ordinary house. A quiet, spiritual place which gives life to the former religious struggles in the Netherlands.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is one of those places that is right there, but many people miss it because of its quiet entrance. My friend (who is Dutch) had never been, and he had lived in Amsterdam for years! Look up the history, and enjoy the quiet. It really is lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A beautiful hidden gem in the middle of an extremely busy street. Not to be missed ! Only one door in Kalver Street gives you access to this peaceful place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Just a nice and peaceful yard surrounded by cute houses. We spent some ten minutes there. I recommend to visit it only if it's on your way somewhere else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This place is a real hidden gem but worth finding. It's so beautiful and peaceful and entirely unexpected. Really interesting history too.

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Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Centrum

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