Begijnhof. For a truly authentic experience in Amsterdam, you need to visit this small village called Begijnhof. Inlaid in the bustling city center, this area is home to a church, historic houses and one of the two original wooden houses in Amsterdam. But what is really interesting about this place is the history of its residents, that’s right, in the feminine. Men are not welcome. Begijnhof is a religious community of single women maintained by the Catholic Church. It is estimated that the origin of the community dates back to 1150, when a group of women came together to care for the sick and the poor in the Netherlands. Nowadays, there are several residences on the site intended for single Catholic women or widows. There are also two churches, one Catholic and one Protestant, facing each other. Of course male tourists can visit the place, but just visit!
TIP: During your visit to the Begijnhof it is important to remain silent in order to respect the local residents. Visiting hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and are free of charge. To get the most out of the tour, go to the Begijnhof with a free walking tour, as the tour is guided and you will learn much more about the history of the place. Click here for more information on the free walking tour.