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Begijnhof

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Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 0206221918
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged...

Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.

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Secret and peaceful place

In the middle of the busy center of Amsterdam you will find a peaceful and silent enclave. It will take you only 10 minutes to see and feel it, but it is definitely worth it. Find... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In the middle of the busy center of Amsterdam you will find a peaceful and silent enclave. It will take you only 10 minutes to see and feel it, but it is definitely worth it. Find one of the small (secret?) entrances to the courtyard and enjoy a special moment in this historic place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was incredible to visit this real life woman's sanctuary because my great grandfather William Brewster took refuge here in 1620 before boarding the Mayflower in England. This nunnery is a totally enclosed park in the heart of crazy downtown Amsterdam. There is a 5 year waiting list for women who are not nuns to live here. what a special... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Begijnhof is located in the centre of Amsterdam and when you enter through the porchway it is almost like not being in a busy city. The English Church is located here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A short 30 minutes at the beginjhof at lunch time : a great time of breathing and rest, very quiet place with only few visitors. I had time to read a couple of book pages on a bench there and that was real fun. Great time. Closes at 5pm so be careful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The gardens were lush and beautiful, we only walked thru, but I am glad I did. Only women lived there

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's in town centre but it gets really quiet and spiritual... I love the liggle church in there and the 🏡 houses. You don't have to walk for hours so it's worth it to walk by and have a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It can get very crowded with tourists and as a result I feel sorry for the women that live there. However, if you happen upon it accidentally wander through to see the lovely gardens and peaceful space that has been created. Additionally, take note of the very rare wooden building at the one end.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking thru the gateway to the Begijnhoff is like entering another world. It is a small community that dates back to the 1500s. When Catholics were expelled following the reformation a small community of religious women lived here. To this day only women residents are allowed. The Church and chapel are very interesting and there is one 16th century wooden... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance is a bit tricky to find, but once inside you'll enjoy the quiet calm of this Begijnhof. Not too much to see aside from the ground and one of the churches, but good to have a gander if you are in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Set back behind a busy street is this quite little enclave. My wife is catholic and thus found it more interesting than I did, but it is a lovely setting. Just the right amount of information is available.

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