The Begijnhof is one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam. A group of historic buildings, mostly private dwellings, centre on it. As the name suggests, it was originally a Béguinage. Today it is also the site of the English Reformed Church. The Begijnhof is the only inner court in Amsterdam which was founded during the Middle Ages, and therefore lies within the Singel the innermost canal of Amsterdam’s circular canal system. The Begijnhof is at medieval street level, which means a meter below the rest of the old city center.
It is unclear when exactly the Begijnhof (Beguines’ court) was founded. In 1346, the beguines still lived in a house (a document of that time mentioned one beghynhuys). A courtyard was only first mentioned in 1389, probably after the religious status of the city rose due to the Amsterdam Eucharistic Miracle of 1345. Originally the Begijnhof was entirely encircled by water with the sole entrance located at the Begijnensteeg which had a bridge across the Begijnensloot.
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Entrance to the area and the chapel is free.
Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16 or 24 to the Spui stop.
From central station it is 10-15 minutes walk.
Main entrance off Gedempte Begijnensloot
Free Public Transport with I amsterdam City Card
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The Beguinage and its chapel are open every day from 9.00 – 17.00.
After 17.00 you can reach the chapel via the gate at the Spui.
The Beguinage is private possession and is not a public ground. It is also a place of silence.
We request you, as our guests, to respect this silence.
Therefore the Beguinage is closed for groups and excursions.
Explanation about the Beguinage, if wanted, has to be given out of the yard.
Roman Catholic Church ‘Begijnhofkapel’
Chapel will be open:
Monday: 13.00 – 18.30
Tuesday to Friday :09.00 – 18.30
Saturday and Sunday: 09.00 – 18.00