Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Originally founded in 1638, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam hosts rare and exotic plants in one of the oldest facilities of its kind in the world. After falling on hard times during the latter half of the 20th century, the garden rebounded to become one of Amsterdam's most popular tourist sites. Wander the themed pathways through the collection of over 6,000 resident plants, including a large cycad collection and several specimens hundreds of years old. You'll see some of the same plants, such as coffee and palms, which helped the Dutch East India Company spur its respective industries in South America and the East Indies. Afterward stop for a bite at the terraced cafe, which offers coffee and snacks. Plan your Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam visit and explore what else you can see and do in Amsterdam using our Amsterdam trip planner .
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam Reviews
Beautiful greenhouses and nature spots, very peaceful and makes for a great get away from the busy Amsterdam streets. Has all kinds of plants and "biomes", from rainforest and cacti greenhouses to sou... more »
We absolutely loved our time at the Botanical Garden. It is easily reached, just out of the centre of the city, and it was so lovely to escape the hustle and bustle and spend a lovely few hours in thi... more »
50 stars for this magical place. Bluebell woods, lovely greenhouses with plants from around the world. Green and lush. Quiet and tranquil. The coffee shop had an outside terrace with shady tables. No sounds but the quiet murmured conversations of the people drinking tea and eating lunch. Wow. What a wonderful place.
I think we were a little too early in the season to get the full effect, but there were still many beautiful blooms. The layout is perfect for meandering. The three greenhouses are very different from each other, and all of them are wonderful in their own way. I especially enjoyed the catwalks that allowed for aerial views. A note for those who don't speak Dutch: all of the botanical descriptions are in Dutch, so if you want to read about the plants, get a translator app or brush up on your language skills.
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