Van Brienenhofje

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Van Brienenhofje information

Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Prinsengracht 85-133
Getting there
Tram: 1/2/5/13/17 Nieuwezijds Kolk
Opening hours
6am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat
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This charming courtyard (aka hofje ) was named in the late 18th century for Jan van Brienen, who bought the Star Brewery located here, one of 13 breweries in town at the time. (The place is still called De Star Hofje by many.)

It was turned into an almshouse for older residents, who had a clear division of labour: the women cleaned house for the single men, who in turn toted water buckets from the outside pump (topped by a curious lantern). Hours can vary.