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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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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
1  Thank n1cf2
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Thank Ynysforgan_Jack
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
1  Thank _glbetrkkr_
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
6  Thank BradJill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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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
Thank Hayles1
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

This is overrated . There is a small patch of green grass surrounded by nicely kept typically Dutch houses. Charming but I would definitely NOT go out of my way to see this.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robert L
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

This reminds of me of the Beacon Hill area in Boston, just a much smaller scale. Visitors can walk through the courtyard of these private dwellings. It is certainly a tourist trap, but it is worth a quick walk through if you’re in the neighborhood!

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.
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London, United Kingdom
Minnewater & Begijnhof (3 Replies)
Hi Minnewater - Planning to come (few coiuples) at the end of May to Brugge I wondered if it will be cold and windy around Minnewater? Our friends don't like too cold&windy places so I'm hesitating. I have read about the legend so it seemed as nice place to visit (we have some time in Brugge). Are the horse carriadge tours going by this lake in a way it can be seen and experienced to full? Maybe buses instead? As for Begijnhof - I've read it is a peaceful place but except of it I...More
March 02, 2014|
Response fromqaminari|
Minnewater is not a huge body of water like Lake Windermere (in fact I'd be tempted to say it is little more than a big pond): it is no colder and windier around there than anywhere else in Brugge. You can see "visitor photos" for yourself on tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g188671-d24… Yes the horse carriage tours include it on their route. The begijnhof is exceptionally pretty in springtime when the daffodils are out, but it is entirely up to you to decide whether or not you want to see...More
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Hello dear travelers, I want start my first tour abroad from Amsterdam all by myself. I would be visiting in the month of May next year, basically to see the Holland's keukenhoff gardens,canals and museums I don't own a credit card, so most of hostels/hotel booking from Booking/trviago are restricted for me. Is it really required at all to book room/bed prior arrival or is it also possible on the day of arrival after making some search as we travel?. I would mostly be staying in...More
December 06, 2014|
Response fromMrJohnMd|
Even in the dead off season I'd never try Amsterdam without pre booking hotels. And you are picking one of the busiest times to stay. Even or maybe even specifically hostels will fill up. I have seen people rose the streets going from hotel door to hotel door looking for a place to stay. Maybe someone has some recent booking experience with same day bookers. It's not my area but I do realize these were somewhat popular some years back. Maybe there would be an option there? Now I...More
Lynne M
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Leuven -- getting there and about .. oh, and GLUTEN FREE (2 Replies)
I am attending a conference at KU Leuven next week and arrive from AMS to BRU on Monday morning. Is it easy enough to travel via public transport from the airport to Leuven. I am booked into Begijnhof B&B and would like to walk from the station, if possible to get my bearings. Is it possible ... are the streets confusing? Also ... I'm a coeliac ... how good is Belgium for gluten free and will my English wishes be understood? Thank you in advance ...
May 26, 2015|
Response fromqaminari|
Belgium is OK for purchasing non-gluten items in supermarkets and other food-shops but I have never seen any mention of it in cafés or restaurants. Unless self-catering, it will be up to you to select menu items not containing gluten, rather than relying on finding non-gluten alternatives to "normal" foodstuffs being on offer in restaurants. Coeliac disease isn't an enormous problem in Belgium (as I believe it is in e.g. Ireland), therefore there is not much public awareness or...More