One of the city's oldest enclosed courtyards, Begijnhof is surrounded by several historical buildings. This inner courtyard dates back to the 14th century and is situated on the Singel canal. View the characteristically Dutch-Gothic wooden homes of this medieval square, including the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam, Het Houten Huis, which was built in the Middle Ages. See the old courtyard gate, built in 1574, as well as the 19th-century gatehouse. If you walk along the southern edge of the courtyard, you can more closely see the features of the 15th-century English Church with its original medieval tower. Put Begijnhof into our Amsterdam trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Amsterdam.
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  • Do not hesitate to pass, we totally change the atmosphere. What a lovely little corner charming, quiet and quiet, a little further from the Amsterdam Museum. Charming little place, you can enter the chapel, and a small religious shop (including Jewish) is right next door with beautiful objects.
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  • You enter this small area of women's residences and it's like you're changing towns, with that haven of tranquility that you can breathe.
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  • Where first the peace of the beguinage was an act of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you now stumble over the Chinese and other Asians who all want to enjoy the "peace".
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  • Even though we’ve actually stumbled upon this place by accident while riding our bikes, I have to recommend visiting. It’s a super cool looking place with lot of history behind it.
  • So much history in this little space, was a privilege to visit alone in my own thoughts though it was a bit too noisy with too many tour groups. Quiet, non-guided visits would be better. 😊
  • Very peaceful and such a surprise to find such a place so near the hustle and bustle of a city. It really made me think about the women that had lived there and all the history that must have taken place under our feet. A quiet calm square just off one of the busiest parts of Amsterdam. This small historic square is timeless and very beautiful. Well worth a visit.
  • Not easy to find but stunningly beautiful. There are 2 churches and lots of houses. A green square in the middle plus lots of lovely flowers. The only downside is it was packed with tourists. Fantastic photo opportunities. Would highly recommend.
  • Amazing enclave in the middle of Amsterdam with some fantastic history. A must. Only takes a few minutes (or however long you wish to speo) but well worth a visit
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