Begijnhof, Amsterdam

#3 of 668 in Historic Sites in The Netherlands
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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  • Went here do to rating on TripAdvisor. The square initself is nice, but not something that it's worth a detour. However if you pass by on the main street, it's worth popping in.  more »
  • The Begijnhof was founded during the Middle Age. The ancient, restored wooden house is one of the two wooden houses still existing in Amsterdam. After Protestant takeover of 1578, the Begijnhof was.....  more »

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