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Groot Begijnhof

Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Ranked #1 of 21 attractions in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The Groot Begijnhof is now part of the University housing. It is lovely to see the old residences occupied.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A town within a town. Nothing there re. Shops or anything but medieval houses, convents, cobbled streets, very peaceful. Worth a visit but watch what shoes you wear because the uneven cobbles aren't easy to walk on!

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I had a spare hour when on a business trip to Leuven and so decided to give the UNESCO World Heritage site of "Groot Begijnhof" a visit. I am so glad I did as it really was a place of peace, quiet and amazing historic beauty. Quaint cobbled streets, old period houses, bridges over streams, churches, window boxes and lanterns...... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The exposition about the demolition of the library during first and second world war is interesting. Please also have a look into the big reading rooms. But the most attractive part is the climb to the bell tower and the fantastic view on the city. On top of that we had the luck to experience a life concert on the... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The beginhof in Leuven is incredibly well preserved since the University now owns it. It is also very expansive, especially compared to others, like the one in Bruges and Amsterdam. I think it is one of the prettiest. It has such a unique charm to it. If you can do a tour to get the history that is worth it... More

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NEWPORT, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

ok so it is a bit of a walk to get here but you will be rewarded with a little piece of heaven, tranquility and calm that so often is missing from hectic trips abroad... try the Staff Club of the KUL for a great lunch if you have time... but just take a book, sit down, and relax and... More

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Malta, Europe
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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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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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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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