We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (2,102)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“english church”(60 reviews)
“wooden house”(58 reviews)
“catholic chapel”(28 reviews)
Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
As featured in 3 Days in Amsterdam
Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 622 1918
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Begijnhof
from $33.50
More Info
from $10.40
More Info
from $109.70
More Info
from $80.80
More Info
Reviews (4,302)
Filter reviews
1,473 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews english church wooden house catholic chapel amsterdam museum small church quiet courtyard oasis of calm spui square peaceful place busy amsterdam middle ages interesting history worth a visit nuns tourists homes contemplation
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,473 reviews
Reviewed November 4, 2018

It took us a few tries to find this courtyard but we finally did. Worth the effort. Enclosed courtyard with 2 churches, one which offers a gratitude hour. Wooden houses dating back to 17th century, Homes are still in use so be mindful if in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank munira_khan
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We went here following Buen Día free tour and it was a nice surprise to find the place and the history behind. Worth to check if you are in the area

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lobacchus
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Take some time from drinking and eating in the Spui area to visit the Begijnhof. You can find the door right off the square in front of the Luxembourg Café. It's beautiful and quiet and charming.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen H
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Just like the title says it’s easy to miss this place, definitely use the maps on your phone. It’s through a small archway down an alley from the shops. Very nice little area full of history

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sean H
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Must-visit enclosed historic community with a fascinating British church at its centre. Lovely grounds, interesting architecture and it's still the home of over 100 women.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Caroline L
Reviewed October 20, 2018

It is easy to miss the entrance to this special place - it is just an arched doorway between shops - The Begijnhof is just one of several of these special hidden courtyards in Amsterdam - this particular one holds an old wooden house (most...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Colleen D
Reviewed October 17, 2018

It is very impressive to be kept like it. It has a very interesting history. It is a special place to visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank coolbs
Reviewed October 15, 2018

We were staying close by but it would be easy to miss this peaceful area. It must have been a haven for some strong women in the past.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Finchduck1981
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

You enter this courtyard from an arched door. There's a small garden and two chapels, which can be visited. When I went only the begijnhof kapel was open. Simple quiet place where to spend 5/10 minutes.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank GemmaAlbenga
Reviewed October 13, 2018

This peaceful little neighborhood is a step back in time. This was an area where single or widowed women lived as a community. It is worth the visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank chasetravelers
View more reviews
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
Nearby HotelsSee all 384 nearby hotels
Hotel Pagi
326 reviews
.06 miles away
NH City Centre Amsterdam
1,597 reviews
.08 miles away
Hotel Estherea
4,370 reviews
.11 miles away
Hotel Cordial
658 reviews
.12 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 4,624 nearby restaurants
1,066 reviews
.05 miles away
The Seafood Bar Spui
1,802 reviews
.05 miles away
Restaurant Tomaz
1,079 reviews
.01 miles away
Restaurant Haesje Claes
4,131 reviews
.06 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 2,077 nearby attractions
Amsterdam Gallery
72 reviews
.05 miles away
405 reviews
.05 miles away
English Reformed Church
70 reviews
.03 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
D.K. J
October 28, 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Judith B | Reviewed this property |
It's open from 9 to 5 officially. But I have gone in later
December 28, 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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.
Travel Forum Posts
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&amp;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
tour to amsterdam (12 Replies)
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
Glasgow, UK
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&amp;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