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 trip planner .
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  • Although we were here in winter weather, we enjoyed the two large greenhouses with benches to rest, mild climate and, of course, lush plants. We had a snack at the bar restaurant, even this enjoyable. In spring will be amazing even the outside!
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  • We can here when it was cold but it was still gorgeous. Loved every minute. The butterfly house was amazing!! The domes were brilliant and they have some amazing species of plants that are either near...  more »
  • I visited this botanical garden on a nice day of beginning March and despite much of it had not flourished and so many items were missing, the visit was pleasant and interesting. Admission is included with the ' I amsterdam city card, at the entrance there are guidebooks/maps in various languages. The plants that make up this garden are well exposed within the greenhouses that include different climates around the world. Recommend visiting during the flowering season to fully enjoy the qualities of this complex.
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  • I loved this place. It felt like you were being transported to this magical realm. The design really allows for you to get lost in the gardens and it was nice to spend as much time as possible in each section without feeling rushed. I don't know that I would recommend this time of year to go (March) if only because things weren't blooming yet but the greenhouses were spectacular. Highly recommend.
  • Awesome place to spend a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the serene peace and see hundreds of different plant species in the process. The greenhouse is super cool and has 2 stories with 2 sections each with a different climate to support a greater variety of plants and flowers. The outside exhibits are absolutely fantastic which aren't very crowded. I loved getting a look at the palm tree from the second story. Be careful about the small rotating staircase but absolutely worth a visit.
  • Great for kids! Fun little places to explore. A butterfly house. Relatively stroller friendly, although there is one greenhouse with stairs that are unavoidable - usually someone can help you lift it up the 5-6 steps. A great place to visit year-round. Plenty of indoor places when it is cold and rainy, lots of outdoor displays during the summer. Very good price for the quality of the garden, well worth a visit! Plus, all it takes is 3 visits to make a membership worth it! A little bit of solitude right in the middle of the city. Great for locals to escape the hubub of the day, great for visitors to relax and calm down a bit between visiting all the sights.
  • My favourite place in Amsterdam. Relaxing and calm and surrounded by nature. The cafe food was brilliant i could've eaten twice! Very lovely and helpful staff. Lovely gift shop too. Excellent place, particularly the butterfly house and cactus room.
  • Take what I say with a grain of salt...we visited when it was barely the end of winter so the garden was not in it prime, still was not very impressed, especially compared to other garden that I have seen. It is free with the Iamsterdam card. It is also in walking distance of the Microbe museum and the Zoo. Might be worth a visit, but maybe avoid it if the season isn't right
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