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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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Reviewed 4 December 2012

This will only take 10 minutes or less out of your time. Its a beautiful little community of women that did not want to take their vows to become nuns, but otherwise are quite similar. Its a beautiful little area of row houses and a...More

1  Thank Alison R
Reviewed 1 December 2012

Despite rainy weather I really enjoyed this tranquil place near the Amsterdam Museum. Just take a few steps and you will find yourself in a world that breathes tranquility and peace and seems far away from the bustling city.

1  Thank Meresanch
Reviewed 18 November 2012

Lovely peaceful place we visited on a Sunday morning. Unique history and so interesting to see that the houses of the Begijnhof are now inhabited by normal residents, but still only women like in the old times. The chapel is worth visiting when you think...More

1  Thank LaurenceABZ
Reviewed 14 November 2012

This historic square is a peaceful garden spot in the middle of the city. The American Pilgrim Fathers' church is here, along with a beautiful Catholic chapel. The neighborhood continues the tradition of only allowing women to live there. Be aware that photography is not...More

1  Thank Kathryn-n-Mike
Reviewed 3 November 2012

when you visit Amsterdam, do not loose this secret corner just in the center. You should enter from the door on the Spui, but you need to be there between 10 and 17. Behind the small door, houses and a chapel are disclosure. A step...More

1  Thank Giulia80Z
Reviewed 31 October 2012 via mobile

Very tranquil square hidden away from the hubbub of the city. Interesting buildings but no cameras are allowed as it is residential.

1  Thank Jozza77
Reviewed 30 October 2012

An expensive department store. You can get a bigger choice with more medium and cheaper ranges in most other cities. Only go in if you are interested in designer gear at high prices.

Thank Buckster21
Reviewed 27 October 2012

Not impressive. Nice green central courtyard area surrounded by homes for pious women who wanted a life of piety & service but didn't want to take the vows of a nun. Contains city's oldest wooden house, built 1477. Churches not open much.

Thank SureShotSherry
Reviewed 18 October 2012

This well kept Hof is one of Amsterdam's best. Right in the center. There are a few more Hof's, which were all built to provide lodgings to old or widowed ladies. Just follows the Tripadvisor's self directed Jordaan tour in their Amsterdam smartphoen app.

Thank Falk_Tel-Aviv
Reviewed 15 October 2012 via mobile

A beautiful quiet place to step into from the surrounding busyness. Well worth spending a few minutes here.

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D.K. J
28 October 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.
11 April 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
29 December 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.