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 trip planner to add Hortus botanicus Leiden and other attractions to your Leiden vacation plans.
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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • The old hortus - being part of the university - is well maintained. Especially the Chinese garden part I like very much! The planetarium is also worth a visit.
  • If you like flowers and calm close to nature places, this is a place for you. Also you can admire the specialities in the greenhouses. Moreover you can have some special flower seeds you can't just buy in the shops.
  • A delightful botanical garden. If you are going around a lot of museum's and Art galleries a month pass is well worth the money and works here too!
  • I love the love for plants of this place. I find it utterly fascinating to walk through. Do visit
  • Neat botanical garden. It's nice to sit by the river bank in the summer or wander around the colourful trees in autumn.

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A relatively small city with a big student population, Leiden caters to both long- and short-stay visitors making their plans on a limited budget. The historical city center remains the most expensive area, offering rooms in charming old buildings turned into elegant hotels. Just a short walk from this area you can choose from inexpensive lodgings in family-run inns, where cozy rooms come with private parking and free Wi-Fi. For added mobility without the extra cost, look for guesthouses that offer free bikes for use around the city.
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