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Groot Begijnhof

Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Ranked #2 of 21 attractions in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Malta, Europe
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well worth a visit. It is beautiful, peaceful and very picturesque. This is a place which anyone visiting Leuven must see for sure.

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valletta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Just the place to go if you like peace and quiet, amazed by the peace in this place and perfect conservation of it. Definitely worth visiting!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We are touring all the begijnhofs in Belgium. This is one of the smaller versions - and is not closed in like some of the others, and therefore lacks some of the peace you normally find. However, it is beautifully preserved, just in front of the main church. Well worth a visit.

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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very historic and well preserved. Now a Unesco World heritage site. Cobblestones can make for difficult walking.

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Leuven, Belgium
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

when you like ald street views and romantic squares this is the top of the bill, just a few minuts from the city center, do you arrive in the old beguinage - groot begijnhof-. even with an umbrela in the hand you can walk on the old coblestones ,walk over romantic bridges and imangine you are in the 18th century.... More

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Minnesota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This was my favorite spot to discover while visiting Leuven. Such a peaceful way to spend an afternoon getting lost in the cobblestone streets. I only wish we could have been there when the roses were in bloom! Beautiful!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

The Begijnhof was the highlight of my days in Leuven. How fortunate the current student residents are, to live in an atmosphere where one feels the centuries have slipped away. Tranquil, picturesque and ancient. Take your time and wander through this beautiful area in Leuven - cobblestone streets, small parks with lakes. Sit and enjoy your hot chocolate in a... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We'd expected a lot more after having been to Brugge and Gent. Not much to see. Also we couldn't see anything of the brewery that is there apparently.

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Cologne, Germany
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This place is a sea of tranquility, the building make a nice area to stroll and to feel relieved from the daily pressure.

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Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

If you visit Leuven, one of the places you should have seen is the Groot Begijnhof. Within walking distance from the city center and close to the ring road, you will find old brick built houses along cobble roads where only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed. The site is fully renovated and occupied by students and guest professors at the... More

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