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Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 622 1918
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 6, 2010

You would never know this lovely place has been here since about the 15th century. As others have stated, the original residents were woman who took a vow of poverty and helped others. They lived here until the they died off, but still today single...More

8  Thank MiouMiou
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 4, 2009

This beautiful courtyard is lined with houses around a church. It has sheltered Beguines since 1346. These women removed themselves from the world to dedicate their lives to God. There is a statue here of one of these charitable sisters, the last one died in...More

3  Thank bainso
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank lobacchus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Sean H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Colleen D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.