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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  • In the heart of the city, we find this set of houses, with the reputation of being the oldest in Amsterdam. It was founded in 1346 in order to accommodate the Sorority of the beguines, Catholic and secular. In the part number 34 that we can see the oldest House in the city, dating from 1528, built of wood, one of the two unique constructions of this material remaining in Amsterdam. In front of it we find the Engelse Kerk, Church of the 15th century, which was confiscated after the Reformation. The set is accessed by a portal located in the Spui square, crowned by a statue of St. Úrsula. It is open daily from 08.00 to 17.30 hours. The access is free.
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  • A hidden gem of an oasis in the city. Interesting for only a few minutes though and covered in the walking tours.  more »
  • a haven of peace, toured the morning almost nobody in the aisles, or we can figure out the rear of the houses all equipped with individual garden, in the centre a large square of pelouse.a the ride, we're almost in the countryside to see also for the original House in bois.on has loved for the clipping of the city.
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  • Amazing secret spot in the heart of Amsterdam. It seems like you are outside the city, it's really calm and nice layout of the houses. You can find the oldest house built in the city and 2 churches, one of them is open to the public and it's really nice to visit. Please keep in mind to respect the neighbors of the area.
  • Unexpected gem in the middle of a busy area. Not much to actually do here but enjoy a brief moment of tranquillity before moving on again. It's a residential area so much if it us gated off but still viewable. A worthy little addition to a walk around this part of Amsterdam though
  • Beautiful little courtyard in the heart of the city. It's like stepping into another world. You have to go through a wooden door to get to it (closed at 5pm), which can be easy to miss. It's a very quiet, peaceful place to take a break from the city.
  • An interesting little place to visit, a bit of the beaten path. It has a beautiful little chapel and a decent giftshop, although the store had a little too much kitsch for my taste. Experience a bit of Catholic history in a Protestant town.
  • Very nice and small place with old buildings (conveniently most of them have their dates written on them, close to the top), worth taking a detour to see it and has quite a few nice shops and other places around.
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