Address: Begijnhof, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Tranquil, pristine spot in the middle of the city that dates back to the 14th century.

Pious Catholic women - Beguines - once lived in this wonderfully peaceful courtyard of handsome old gabled buildings overlooking a grassy triangle. Though the last Beguine died in 1971, single women still live in the houses, and the place retains a refined, spiritual air - for one thing, you're expected to be silent. A Roman Catholic chapel with an opulent interior is hidden behind a facade of houses. The more visible church within the courtyard is the Engelskerk, or English Reformed Church. Dating from the 15th century, it has long served Amsterdam's English-speaking population. The Engelskerk lays on around 100 chamber music concerts a year, some of which are free: see and links from the website for more details.

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  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation