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Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.
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Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 622 1918
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

please pay your respects, and shut up while visiting this. Just enjoy the silence. Visit the church, and have a walk around. Don't forget looking at the free paintings.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Danny M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever I’m in town, I love walking by the Begijnhof. It is a very special place, hidden in the city center, with beautiful houses and a little church too. Quiet, serene, great spot to just take a deep breath and enjoy!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank petrav904
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Begijnhof is one of the oldest hofjes (a courtyard surrounded by almshouses) in Amsterdam. As the name suggests, it was originally a Beguinage, an architectural complex created to house beguines who were lay religious women who lived in the community without taking vows or...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank n1cf2
Reviewed February 11, 2019

This is one of Amsterdam’s hidden treasures. It is a courtyard full of beautiful old houses and a central green. This area was once home to Catholic women who didn’t want to become Nuns but were still dedicated to undertaking good deeds. There are also...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

Although there isn’t much to actually do in the enclave, it’s quite humbling to be in the quiet amongst the bustle. The busy streets of Amsterdam are just beyond the walls, but the serenity of Begijnhof is such a stark contrast. Moreover, it’s interesting to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

One of my favorite spots in Amsterdam and one of the oldests quarters in the city. Very beautiful with its gardens, church and private typical houses.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank paulojdr
Reviewed January 17, 2019

Begijnhof is a historic courtyard in Spui which can make for an interesting and peaceful place to visit while spending time in this area of Central Amsterdam. The site dates back to the Middle ages and is basically a compound of inward facing houses, which...More

Date of experience: December 2018
7  Thank BradJill
Reviewed January 16, 2019

It’s right in the shopping area so do take the time to check out this area. Wonderful house fronts and a little oasis of calmness in the city

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 772Leanne
Reviewed January 15, 2019

The is a hidden gem tucked away in central Amsterdam and well worth finding. It comprises traditional houses including a reconstructed wooden house. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TravellingTonyG
Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

It's a secret courtyard with an ing Teresting history. There are no visitor attractions as such but nice to see. The church does a Sunday service at 10am if that's your thing.

Date of experience: January 2019
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of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
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D.K. J
October 28, 2017|
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Response from Steve C | Reviewed this property |
I believe that it is owned by their religious order. and it functions as a retirement facility for older women of that order. I gather they are slowly passing and there are no replacements.
April 10, 2017|
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Response from Judith B | Reviewed this property |
It's open from 9 to 5 officially. But I have gone in later
December 28, 2016|
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Response from ABNKC | Reviewed this property |
It's too soon to say exact times for Easter but apparently the High Mass is at 12.15 and is held partly in English. Walking time is approximately 10 minutes from your hotel.