Hortus botanicus Leiden, Leiden

(4.1/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Take in the colors and fragrances at Hortus botanicus Leiden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world with an extensive collection of plant life. Expect to see greenhouses filled with Victoria amazonica (a type of water lily), carnivorous plants, and other tropical, exotic species. Don't miss the Japanese garden and the largest collection of Asian orchids in the world. Experts and novices alike can appreciate the beauty found here. When you get tired, take a break on the terrace with a coffee. Keep in mind that the greenhouses become quite warm on summer days. Use our Leiden vacation builder to visit Hortus botanicus Leiden on your trip to Leiden, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Leiden Hortus is located on the rapenburg. It is an oasis of calm in the sites. The oldest tree from 1615, the tulip tree by Jan Wolkers, carnivorous plants, Amazonica and the penis plant are here to admire. There is a fine restaurant where you can have lunch or high tea. Walk to the end of the Hortus, there you can the Observatory of Oort, Einstein and Bohr. Recommended. With museum map just free entrance.
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  • I recommend to have one of the garden wardens to lead you around to hear all the stories about the rare plants and trees and where they come from. 
  • A real journey through the nature of the world. Too bad he didn't have much time to visit it. Recommend it to those interested to travel in the morning just opened. Personally I plan to go back very soon; one visit is not enough. Best wishes to all for a safe trip.
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  • Something really nice to do in Leiden, even if the weather outside isn't fantastic. There is a wide variety of flowers and other plans across all the greenhouses, as well as a miniature jungle! Definitely a must see.
  • Rainforest plants are amazing. Victoria gardens with huge butterflies is great. Lovely Japanese and Chinese gardens. Favourite place to visit in Leiden.
  • It's a big botanical garden with a great variety of plants.
  • Fairly high price for entry so I didn't go in. Seems like unless botany is your thing it might not be high on your list of places to visit. They did mention there was a talk on astronomy from time to time which would significantly improve the value for money.
  • A small botanical garden with a wide variety of habitats. Good for an hour or two on a lazy afternoon