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“Hidden Gem in the middle of the hustle and bustle” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Begijnhof

Begijnhof
Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Amsterdam Walking Tour
Ranked #33 of 543 things to do in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Hidden Gem in the middle of the hustle and bustle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a nice stop to take a breath and enjoy some quiet time. Very interesting history. The chapels are beautiful and the entire area is an oasis in the middle of all the craziness outside. You are asked to be quiet and respect the wishes of the residents. Worth a trip!

Visited June 2014
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“Oasis in the centre of Amsterdam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

It's like entering wonderland via a red door on a busy Amsterdam square and finding yourself in a small place with beautifully kept houses, 2 churches and gardens. The history is clearly explained and it was a wonderful contrast to the places we had just visited.

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“Lovely Little Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Stepping through the doorway into the Begijnhof was such a surprise. It is beautiful and so, so quiet compared to the busy streets outside. The city's oldest house is tucked in there-one of two remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam. Read the story of Cornelia Arents before you go to understand why she is buried in the gutter instead of the church.

Visited May 2014
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“Sweet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

My parents and I popped into here during our 5 nights in Amsterdam. Very sweet and attractive. You do however have to respect the rules and wishes of the residents: no photos, no dogs, no cycles etc. was personally pleased to see that the English Reformed Church is currently occupied by my particular denomination, the Church of Scotland.

Visited June 2014
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“Nice to see a bit of lawn”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Interesting to visit but there's nowhere to sit and enjoy. Great for quirky camera shots. Look for the little plaques on the walls and see if you can find the almost secret door if you do go in via the Amsterdam museum.

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