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Groot Begijnhof

Address: Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Great Beguinage in Leuven is a must see when you visit Leuven. It's a really cosy and quiet place away from the busy city center. Just take some time to walk around and explore the old medieval environment with it's 15th and 16th century houses that were restaurated in the 1960s. There's also a beautiful church that was renovated... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When you visit Leuven, please take the time to look around in 'Groot Begijnhof', you won't be disappoint. It's unique ! This piece dated of the 13 centery - Unesco heritage, is an enchanting piece of pure tranquility in the city, but put some good shoes on, a lot of cobblestones. Enjoy !

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Groot Begijnhof is an oasis of calm and historic beauty in the bustling city. Come here on a sunny day to walk, take pictures, and enjoy the calm.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I walked for what seemed like miles from the hospital to the streets of the Groot Begijnhof. Here I found myself completely alone to wander around the narrow streets and enjoy stepping back in time. All the buildings are in excellent condition and the streets are all cobbled Sadly the church was closed so once id' wandered around for half... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Groot Begijnhof is a quiet place just outside the city center. It's nice for a stroll or if you want to peacefully read a book. Don't try to ride your bike through here: lots of the roads are hobbly cobblestones.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I often take visitors here when visiting Leuven as it is such a good example of a Begijnhof and extends the visit to the town. You walk to it past the University, and can also see other interesting historical buildings (but you'll need a guidebook!). It is a bit of a walk - and be warned, it is all out... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We have seen a number of beguinages, but this one is in spectacular condition. The buildings have been restored and are used as housing for people associated with the university in Leuven. In the winter the church buildings were not open, but it is still lovely to wander around and see this UNESCO site. It is a 15-20 minute walk... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Quite spot, not too many tourists. Nice walk though a part of town that is and feels from another time, close to the busy student center. Very well kept and charming.

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La Hulpe, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I've been living in Belgium out of the UK for 4 years now with job. I took a solo road trip around Belgium in the Summer to orientate myself for longer stay in specific towns had wonderful time. I stayed and at another hotel while in Leuven due to availability short notice booking at the peak of the summer. The... More 

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Leuven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Groot Begijnhof is so full of history, but many visitors stroll through without proper guidance. I take visitors there regularly and tell them that this place goes back almost a thousand years ago; the church of St. Jan (St. John) is not Baroque, but much older, early Romance, a sober yet sturdy early medieval style. The Begijhof has evolved... More 

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