Hortus botanicus Leiden, Leiden

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    For the first time the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden visited and done a lot of knowledge on plants that grow on this globe/. An instructive walk through the greenhouses and beyond in the pretty garden is recommended and certainly interesting for kids!
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  • August 8, 2017
    Leiden is a peaceful city anyway but the Hortus is a peaceful haven anyway! Lovely grounds with plants and flowers from around the world. Sub- Tropical and Tropical houses (great in the winter months ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Hortus Botanicus Leiden is a pleasant though not particularly well maintained garden. Lots of informative signs in both Dutch and English. Worth a visit as a historical site, but I wish it was better ...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    Lovely relaxed Botanic garden. Definitely in the/my Top 10 places to visit when in Leiden! Not that big but with plenty of secluded benches inbetween all the exotic plants. Great place to relax. You can make your visit all long as you like.
  • June 8, 2017
    A wonderful, tranquil place along the single in the centre of Leiden. Use your museumkaart for admission. They host many events. The cafe indoors or out is a good place to enjoy coffee and/or lunch and is accessible to the public without admission to the grounds.
  • May 28, 2017
    My favorite place in Leiden - spend a few relaxing hours here in any season. Stunning selection of plants. Bring a blanket and a picnic and sit on the bank of the canal after you walk the gardens and greenhouses.
  • May 4, 2017
    Beautiful plants and such diversity. You learn a lot about plants and history. The greenhouse is like a labyrinth that makes you want to get lost in there forever.
  • May 16, 2017
    best place for plant enthusiast's :) worth the visit and entre price!

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