Begijnhof
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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.
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  • Nieuwmarkt • 10 min walk
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China19,609 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serenity in downtown
    In contrast to the huge tourist crowd in downtown Amsterdam, Begijnhof, a collection of rowhouses with a lovely compound, is like an oddity. Despite of the number of visitors, this place remains serene and peaceful. Visitors can easily imagine the spiritual life of the residents. Highly recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Scott R
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the time
    Pretty cool. Quick visit, but a little piece of Amsterdam history. Nice get away from the city noise and hustle n bustle. Good place to rest and take a break from city activity
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Ineke
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A treasure, not to be missed !
    This is an amazing place to visit, dot in the middle of old Amsterdam. Begijnhofje houses homes and churches for elderly ladies in the 16/17th century; and still today. You'll find the oldest house in Amsterdam, the absolutely stunningly beautiful catholic hidden church and the English church. You need to be quiet, but you can walk around easily, although some parts are closed for the public. Highly recommended !
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Ferenc M
    United Kingdom1,077 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A complete 100% must visit
    Been to Amsterdam a few times and cant believe we've never been here. What a calm and serene delight and its free too. Absolutely no idea why people would complain about times as people live here so just go during normal day hours. Lovely old chapels and oldest wooden house in Amsterdam. A 100% must visit
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
  • Michael B
    Wakefield, United Kingdom473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see. Delightful.
    Just off one of the busy main streets is this haven of tranquillity, which is immaculately kept. Apart from the houses there are 2 churches, one English (closed) and the other Catholic, which we were able to visit. Some parts are cordoned off, which is entirely understandable as people are living there. There is no entrance fee, so it can get a little busy, though I believe visitor numbers are controlled by wardens. Not to be missed.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2024
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LAW64
Tonbridge, UK1,746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A lovely quiet place off a busy street - we were really pleased to be recommended this by our hotel. You are only allowed in for 15 minutes and no food allowed. You are asked to be quiet to respect the residents who live here. Lovely historical place to visit.
Written May 10, 2022
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GAR
882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
This historical hidden gem is a tranquil, peaceful place in the middle of a bustling city. It was great to see this historic place, and even spot some of the current residents coming and going. The chapel and church was pretty too, worth a look inside
Written June 10, 2022
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Ineke
Amsterdam, The Netherlands83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is an amazing place to visit, dot in the middle of old Amsterdam. Begijnhofje houses homes and churches for elderly ladies in the 16/17th century; and still today. You'll find the oldest house in Amsterdam, the absolutely stunningly beautiful catholic hidden church and the English church. You need to be quiet, but you can walk around easily, although some parts are closed for the public. Highly recommended !
Written January 1, 2024
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centralvic
Ballarat, Australia1,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We struggled to find it- our fault, our map was basic- but I'm so glad we finally did.
It's amazing to walk in and feel the peace. The chapel was beautiful, and the Houten Huys (one of the oldest in Amsterdam) is worth seeing.
Read the plaques- its history is so interesting, and remember people are actually living here, so don't treat it like a fairground. :)
Written September 22, 2022
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Ferenc M
United Kingdom1,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Been to Amsterdam a few times and cant believe we've never been here. What a calm and serene delight and its free too.

Absolutely no idea why people would complain about times as people live here so just go during normal day hours. Lovely old chapels and oldest wooden house in Amsterdam.

A 100% must visit
Written April 28, 2024
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Scott G
Los Angeles, CA525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Imagine you're traveling down a major Amsterdam street, lined with high end stores, and bustling with traffic. The street is packed with pedestrians, and every intersection you come to you have to look left and right several times to avoid the throngs of speeding bikes as well. Then you turn a corner and within half a block you're amid a completely quiet, almost deserted, pristine, beautifully manicured square. This is Begijnhof. It was seriously almost supernatural how instantly peaceful the place was, considering how close it is to all the hustle and bustle. I went here not expecting much but left wanting to come back again (I didn't get the chance). A truly peaceful place and a highlight of Amsterdam for me. Come here and recharge a little.
Written June 18, 2022
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Zuzka
Velke Mezirici, Czech Republic15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We were on high paced sightseeing tour on amsterodam, Keukenhof and surrounding sights before COVID in April and this place was like heaven of calm that let me gather myself and get my strength back for rest of the exhausting trip. There is beautifull garden with benches to relax and church that you can enter and pray in if you are religious, or just admire the architecture if you are not. The only downside is that everything is outside, so you can get chilled easy, take a windjacket or something
Written July 25, 2022
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Adam and Eve
Amsterdam, The Netherlands65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Think this is one of the best places to go if you're walking through the city of Amsterdam. Please pay respect to the neighbors and be quiet. Just a very neat space with a little chapel to burn a candle. Can be very crowded so you have to be lucky enough to enjoy the silence.
Written July 25, 2022
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DuncanTCH
East Greenbush, NY1,499 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Beginhof is a "private" village green that's open to the public during standard business houses. All of the apartments surrounding the green are for rent, but only to single women...and the waiting list is extensive. There's not much to see per se, but it's a lovely area just to wander into and have a seat and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Written December 16, 2022
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TimA_22233
Atlanta, GA231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Amsterdam's such a pretty city; so it's hard for any one location to stand out from the rest. But the Begijnhof is special even by Amsterdam's high standards. Green, graceful, tranquil, contemplative, and it even has a feminist (at least by the standards of the Middle Ages) backstory. And 34 Begijnhof is the oldest house in Amsterdam -- that's a bonus. If you have only 3 days in Amsterdam, you'll probably skip this one, and that's OK. But if you have 4, this sanctuary of quiet meditation is a must-see,
Written April 26, 2022
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