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Begijnhof

Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #29 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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London, United Kingdom
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Begijnhof is a quiet neighborhood with a garden in the center, around which are located some of the oldest houses in Amsterdam. The first nice thing about this lovely place is the search to find it. When you discover the small entrance, walking through the narrow streets of Amsterdam, is like entering in a world apart, far away in place... More

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Seattle
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a quiet retreat in the middle of Amsterdam. Originally a béguinage, it's a set of private houses around a large courtyard garden and 2 churches. It's a great place to visit and contemplate peace. Pro tip - no photography allowed.

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Cookie081
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Het Begijnhof was recommended as a real must by a friend who's a frequent traveller to Amsterdam. It's a quiet square hidden behind a wooden door offering a haven amidst the hurly burly of city life. The 17th Century buildings (recently restored) are clustered round 2 very interesting churches.

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Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It was a nice getaway from the crowd, getting into the historic yard where several type of buildings located. They a bit different than the common architecture I have observed in Amsterdam. Definitely recommended if you are nearby the city center.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

In this piece of Amsterdam you will find real history and is in that time specialy build for single woman. It's a nice and quiet place in the middle of the very busy Amsterdam. The people how live there now enjoy the place aswell so when you are there keep it quiet and "respect" the place and don't walk in... More

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San Gwann, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

An interesting and quite place right in the heart of Amsterdam. Difficult to find if you do not know about it but worth a visit. Recommended

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Read about this place and was not really what I expected. Was stated that it was a private housing area hidden behind a wooden door. Found the door and walked into the area behind a large group of tourists. There was a wee church and storied houses located around a grassed courtyard. Most of the area was cordoned off to... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A friend recommended this very special small area in the middle of the city. There was a second-hand booksale at Spui, wo it was quite crowded, but we went into the Begijnhof and it was as if we arrived in a different dimension. it was nice, calm, green, clean.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Just happened onto this place when i was just walking around. I love this spot, it's so peaceful and green. Well it could be peaceful if it weren't for all us tourist. But well worth the walk to find this little treasure.

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