The visit of the Begijnhof is free. There are two possible entrances :
• by the Spuistraat
• by Gedempte Begijnensloot.
Address of the chapel :
Internet site :
Opening times (in 2015) :
• the Begijnhof :
every day from 9am to 5pm
• the chapel :
- monday : 1pm to 6.30pm
- tuesday to friday : 9am to 6.30pm
- saturday and sunday : 9am to 6pm
The Begijnhof is a closed garden in the middle of the city, surrounded by traditional dutch houses. It's a real harbour of peace !
In the pas, it was occupied by begijntjes, women who without actually being nuns, made a vow of obeisance and dedicated their lives to prayer and helping the sick. Clandestine churches (sometimes installed in houses) are witness to the resistance of the begijntjes who continued secretly to practice their religion even if the Catholics didn't have the right to build any churches in the Netherlands right up to the 19th century.
The house at number 34 (the Houten Huis) is worth your attention : it is a rare wooden house in Amsterdam (the use of wood was prohibited in 1521 after a series of fires).
Today, the begijntjes have been replaced by single women, old people and students.
If you can visit the Begijnhof in july or august, note that free classical music concerts are given every tuesday (times at the Spuistraat entrance).