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“A pretty place to look round.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Begijnhof

Begijnhof
Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #22 of 247 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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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“A pretty place to look round.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We went out for a walk to Begijnhof, which used to be a refuge for pious women. Maybe there are not so many pious women around these days, as these houses are now occupied by low-income female senior citizens. This is a rather odd tourist attraction, as it brings in loads of tourists, to what is effectively someone’s place of residence.
A pretty place to look round though, and it's free.
It's also close to The Amsterdam Museum, so you easily visit both of these attractions in an afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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“History, beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stumble upon or seek out this incredibly preserved corner of Amsterdam and imagine the city in the 17th Century. Magical pause from the bustle of the shopping streets surrounding it, and hard to remember the modern city a block away while you're there.

Visited October 2012
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“A Wonderful Treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Had looked up this place before heading to Amsterdam as it seemed a good place to visit, a real hidden jewel. So well hidden, we walked past it several times before we finally found the entrance behind a fairly anonymous wooden door off Spui Square. It was worth the wait: a tranquil oasis containing the oldest building in Amsterdam.

Visited August 2013
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“Very interesting little spot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We just stumbled into this historic place and really very interesting location to learn about! The tenants do not want to chat with tourists, but you can easily go in and have a look around!

Visited August 2013
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“interesting find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Through the door to the secret garden, visit this intreiging square and the oldest surviving wooden house, lovely spot to visit especially if you need to have some peace after a hectic city visit

Visited August 2013
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