Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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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 vacation route planner.
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  • The gardens are nice but not more than that. I assume the people that really interested in plants will like it.  more »
  • A small, green, peaceful area in the madness of the city. The highlights were the Butterfly glasshouse, the climate rooms and seeing the very rare plants.  more »
  • We were meant to be going to Artis (Zoo) but having walked from the Rijksmuseum (very pleasant stroll) we saw the number of people queuing we decided on a rethink. Whilst sitting in a nearby bar we de...  more »
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  • Big fan of botanical gardens and have visited several around the world. The overall size of the gardens was much smaller than I expected but for for a small high density city like Amsterdam, its about right. The gardens are beautiful and the hothouses contained lovely tropical plants. You can go up to the high level viewing area in one hot house. I think the little shop could have had more products. Outside of the shop were a nice selection of plants for sale. We sat in the outdoor restaurant space which was really relaxing and helped us forget we were in the middle of a city. My hummus and grilled vegetables open sandwich and fresh mint tea was delicious.
  • Was in Amsterdam for a week with my one year old kid. Amsterdam is a fantastic city to visit with a toddler. When they're asleep there's plenty to explore and when they're awake there's so much to do together. Hortus was one of our favorite places with mysterious paths to explore, beautiful plants to see and flowers to smell. Butterfly house is nice and the garden itself is nice to visit on a hot day with lots of shadow to cool off in.
  • Gorgeous, well worth the money to come in. Lots of greenery and flowers. There's a sky walk in a couple of the green houses to see the canopy and a butterfly house. There's also an area to sit by the canal around the flowers. Bathroom on site. No food here so bring something to picnic with.
  • This was a really nice place to visit. It was a bit rainy when we were there but not enough to spoil the trip. Nice to check out the greenhouse with the cacti and it was nice to walk around the butterfly house.
  • Wow what an amazing place full of wonders. Five into the rich history of this place plants and take time to really be present and enjoy the wide variety of fauna and flora.

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