Picturesque canal houses settled in both sides of the beautiful canals, coffee shops, crazy night life, Red Light District… These are all among the first things that come into our minds once we hear the word “Amsterdam”. As a person who actually lived in Amsterdam and who had the chance to experience the “real Amsterdam” under that glittering commercial cover, the name “Amsterdam” means much more than all these to me.
Amsterdam is beautiful city that has hidden beauties in every corner. Here I want to spot one of those hidden spots “Begijnhof”. It is a Medieval courtyard nestled in a quiet, secret spot behind an old gate in the square “Het Spui”. Thissquare is widely known for the big book stores located in/around the square and mostly for the open air second-hand book market it houses on every Friday. Only a small number of the people who has been to this place, however, are lucky enough to discover that Medieval beauty hidden behind an old door in the square.
Begijnhof, being one of the most impressive places in Amsterdam, is one of the oldest inner courts in Amsterdam and offers a unique experience with its old houses, gorgeous green garden and the chapel it harbours. Right in the midst of the city yet away from the hustle and the bustle of the city, Begijnhof awaits to surround you with its tranquil atmosphere and to enrich your time in Amsterdam with a historical touch.
If you are in Amsterdam and you are willing to enjoy historical beauties of the city along with other attractions, Begijnhof is definitely a place you should add to your “to do & see list” in Amsterdam.