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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  • I was sceptical though my partner was keen to visit. I was really surprised and spent a very entertaining couple of hours there. The on site coffee was good and the service excellent.  more »
  • I only wish Hortus Botanicus was much much larger! There's plenty to see, tropical, desert, fijnbos and so on. It is an experience for all the senses with its different specialised areas. The cafe is ...  more »
  • It would depend on the season and your interest in plants, but we spent a good couple of hours walking around the gardens and greenhouses. Three linked greenhouses with a high up walkway through two o...  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.
  • Best botanical garden ever. With divided greenhouses each with its distinctive miniature ecosystem, the garden has a wide selection of plants. They have a bee hive and a butterfly farm.
  • Absolutely stunning gardens. Be sure you set aside a couple of hours to see everything, and learn about the plants. They also have a cute little treasure hunt for children.
  • Small but lovely botanical garden, really close to the city center. Very interesting green house and nice tour guides (on sunday the guide it's also free).