Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Amsterdam

(3.8/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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 came here in the Winter so unfortunately didn't really get to experience all the wonders of the gardens outside, which were much bigger than we initially expected! I also never expected to find a gr...  more »
  • I'm a huge fan of botanical gardens and try to visit one in any city while traveling. The one in Amsterdam is kind of out of the way so I skipped public transportation and took a cab. I especially enj...  more »
  • The garden is divided into different climatic zones. All very nicely decorated. Most liked walking on the suspension bridge, and a greenhouse with butterflies.
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  • This is a great botanical garden so to speak, but why the three stars? Because it's small and has entrance fee. Sorry to say, but it's nothing compared to our own botanical garden in Copenhagen I know that it's probably not subsidised like in Copenhagen, but it's quite disappointing size-wise. They do have glass houses with different plants with different climates though, my favourite is the desert one with lots of different cacti from South America and Africa. All in all, it's a nice place to admire the nature, especially in the autumn
  • Fairly priced at 8.5 euros and a good way to spend 2 or 3 hours but it's quite small so doesn't demand a whole day to visit. Tram 9 from Central Station or tram 14 from near Anne Frank House stop nearby. Opposite the entrance is a nice park with benches by a canal -perfect if you've bought your own supermarket lunch. Guide dogs only. Despite being compact, they do get quite a lot in with a palm house, butterfly house, greenhouses with cacti and South African botanicals, thriving carnivorous section, lily ponds, formal privet and a bit of bamboo. Parrots lurk in the trees and herons can give you a start as they swoop and squawk. Very nice loos and a posh-looking cafe.
  • Modest garden compared to Kew, but I think the collection of South African flora is unique. There are a few specimens of critically endangered species being cultivated. Also has a nice-looking cafe, and free guided tours on Sundays.
  • Amazing place to spent with your loved ones.. Great butterfly garden beautiful plant frome over the hole world and loads of history
  • Realy nice oase in the Amsterdam. You can see nice plants from with different origins, take a cofee and relax.