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Groot Begijnhof

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Address: Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Quiet place for residence

Groot Begijnhof is very quiet and silence residence, and there were a lot of trees with fruit, such grapes and pear. And it became like a UNESCO site or something. It was not very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Groot Begijnhof is very quiet and silence residence, and there were a lot of trees with fruit, such grapes and pear. And it became like a UNESCO site or something. It was not very big area, but it's quiet nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went to Groot Begijnhof for a walk on a sunny and warm sunday. It is very calm and nice neighbourhood with loads of history. A bit difficult to maneuver with the pram as the road can get quite bumpy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Having already been to other begijnhofs in Belgium, I was keen to visit the Groot Begijnhof in Leuven even if it was a little far from other attractions. I wasn't disappointed - the begijnhof feels almost like a citadel, with several lanes and a small canal running through it. The begjinhof is now part of the University of Leuven, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We stayed in Leuven 3 nights and would highly recommend visiting here. Coming from the US, we don't have anything like this. It was beautiful and a step back in time. You have to see it to believe it. Plan on a couple hour walk through a peaceful trip through history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Slightly off the beaten path, but well worth a visit. Large beguinage, beautifully restored. Haven of quiet. Cobblestone streets are picturesque but not so comfortable to walk (avoid high heels). You need some background information to understand the beguin movement and lifestyle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It's a fantastic experience, to stroll through the streets of Groot Begijnhof. When I was there, was cold, rainy and empty: perfect! It is really calm and peaceful. Looks like you're traveling through time, seeing the old houses, the stone streets, the old church, etc... A must visit in Leuven!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The place is amazing!!! What a beatiful place to visit and take breathtaking pintures!! Well prrserved building with a quiet and involving atmosphere. Must do!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A very interesting area with charming, old step gable houses and allees. Most buildings are owned/used by Leuven's university and therefore cannot be entered. Nothing commercial to be found, which I consider a good thing. It brings you back in time a couple of centuries. Make sure you were proper shoes, as the 'kinderhoofdjes' (cobblestones) are not the most comfortable... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

It is a very peaceful place, good to go by bike (rent one) and it is close to other touristic attractions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

While one cannot enter any of the "houses" since they are residential homes owned by the university it is a wonderful walk through the seventeenth century with its beautiful buildings, stream and cobbled stones. The St. John's Chapel is an exquisite example of the Baroque but check for days and times of opening.

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