Begijnhof, Amsterdam

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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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  • One of my Dutch friends said I must come here. She was right. It is a lovely oasis of calm and beauty in the middle of the bustling part of Amsterdam. 
    One of my Dutch friends said I must come here. She was right. It is a lovely oasis of calm and beauty in the middle of the bustling part of Amsterdam.  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »

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