Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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#9 of 36 in Parks in 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 .
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  • My grandson and I went all round the gardens. We enjoyed it all so much. The glasshouses are superb.  more »
  • The first time this beautiful building filled with trees and plants visited. What an experience, staff, touches every fiber and also comes to rest. You keep all the natural beauty you marvel at what you find. The unknown plants and also the most beautiful flowers surpass your expectations. Greatly enjoyed.
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  • It was my 10th visit to Amsterdam and I finally made it here! This botanical garden has been on my list to visit for a while. Glad we did it! Beautiful and quiet! What a combination in Amsterdam! I ha...  more »
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  • Best botanical garden ever. With divided greenhouses each with its distinctive miniature ecosystem (temperature and humidity) , the garden has a wide selection of plants from all over the world. They also have a bee hive and a butterfly farm.
  • Large area with lots of botanical variety, including many endangered and rare species. Multiple secluded, quiet spots, sections with lovely flowers, and separate greenhouses (rainforest, desert, and special exhibits). Don't miss the butterfly house! Overall highly recommended for 1.5-3 hour visits. There's also a lovely little restaurant to catch a spot of tea!
  • Great place to visit! We got in with no admission charge thanks to our Iamsterdam cards. Pretty small to other gardens we have visited. There's a butterfly room which is awesome. All gravel walkways and not too stroller friendly just a heads up :)
  • I was there for museum night in Amsterdam - even at night the place was beautiful. A real sanctuary in the middle of the city! I would definitely return during the daytime to explore more of the plants and the beauty of the surroundings.
  • This relatively small botanical garden houses a diverse collection and there really is something for everyone who is even remotely interested in botany. They have a lovely brochure handed out at the ticket counter (not the standard one in the cupboard inside the entrance) which identifies a few of the more spectacular exhibits in a child friendly format. My 12 year old was uninterested at first but when he saw the brochure listing "the tallest tree" "the most delicious tree" "the rarest tree" etc he got all excited and off we went. We had a very enjoyable visit rounded off by a light lunch at the cafe inside the gardens (reviewed separately).

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