Begijnhof

Begijnhof, Amsterdam: Address, Phone Number, Begijnhof Reviews: 4.5/5

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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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Neighborhood: Centrum
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 hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Nieuwmarkt • 10 min walk
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Marius P
Oslo, Norway1,529 contributions
A nice quiet scare in the main street
Sep 2021 • Friends
Went here do to rating on TripAdvisor. The square initself is nice, but not something that it's worth a detour. However if you pass by on the main street, it's worth popping in.
Written October 7, 2021
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Tibor P
Budapest, Hungary326 contributions
The atmosphere is stunning
May 2021
The Begijnhof was founded during the Middle Age. The ancient, restored wooden house is one of the two wooden houses still existing in Amsterdam. After Protestant takeover of 1578, the Begijnhof was the only Roman Catholic institution to be allowed to remain in existence. Today there are two churches, the Catholic Houten Huys and the English Reformed Church.

It's not the individual buildings that are interesting, but the atmosphere of the place. The secret Catholic church is spectacular. Amsterdam's oldest house is in very good condition, although one wonders how fire-prone a city like this must have been when fires were burning everywhere and all the houses were made of wood. (A fire caused the decision in to make the houses in Amsterdam)

Today there is no Beguine living on the estate. The last, "Sister Antonia", whose original name was Agatha Kaptein, died on 23 May 1971 at her age of 84.
Written September 26, 2021
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domerol
Paris, France300 contributions
Picturesque & calm
Dec 2020
one of the quitest places in a dynamic amsterdam, mainly because now most of the houses are private. Typical picturesque houses, among which one of the oldest ones in the city and a chapel which can be visited.
Written February 18, 2021
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Marloesvz
Amsterdam, The Netherlands86 contributions
Begijnenhof
Mar 2020 • Couples
Begijnenhof is good to visit when wandering through Amsterdam. It is hidden in the center of the capital. Its an interesting piece of history and the houses are just beautiful. Typically dutch. You can go with a tour but not necessary. Go early or late, because it can be quite busy with tourists. There is a small shop as well. Would recommend.
Written March 11, 2020
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S N
Leominster, MA114 contributions
worth walking through and lingering in
Feb 2020
The residents want privacy, so now you can't walk all of the sidewalks, but it's still a special little neighborhood with 2 very old buildings. Free to walk in. If you want a religious souvenir (like something with an angel), you'll get something handmade and extremely local in their gift shop. A chance to talk to the residents, too.
Written March 1, 2020
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Alex A
Torpoint, UK122 contributions
Hidden just off the main shopping syreet
Jan 2020 • Friends
Peaceful serene Square hidden just off the main shopping street. A beautiful photogenic collection of typical Amsterdam homes, a real mixture around a green rather than up against a canal.
Written February 20, 2020
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jtaylor946
Guangzhou, China677 contributions
Hidden gem
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited the church here and had a stroll around the grounds. It’s nice and looks beautiful both inside and out, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way. Definitely visit if you’re in the area though!
Written February 15, 2020
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Florian254
Norddeutschland1,324 contributions
Nice little gem
Jan 2020
Located more or less in the middle of the city it is easy to get there.

Some areas are off limits for people who do not live there to give the inhabitants some quiet spaces but you can get a good glimpse of this little architectural gem that has survived many centuries. Some explaining tables are exhibited and the garden are very well kept. Just have a short stroll, remember this is not only a tourist attraction but a place where people actually live.
Written January 29, 2020
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia4,390 contributions
Begijnhof
May 2019
This is like Alice going into the rabbit hole. Except entry is via a small arch to this wonderful area of green parkland and small well preserved houses.
A must to see as is the one in Ghent. Great social conscience idea to create this housing for women. 100's of years ahead of some people's thinking today.
Written January 19, 2020
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Rob DF
Lidcombe, Australia124 contributions
Cute
Jan 2020 • Family
Small courtyard, nice houses all around. Try to visit on a sunny day to get the full feel. Nice chapel also, check opening times.
Written January 12, 2020
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