Hortus botanicus Leiden, Leiden

(4.1/5 based on 420+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Hortus has lots of different plants, trees and flowers and is located in the old city centre next to the Witte Singel. A beautiful location to visit and nearby you can find lots oflunchrooms, restaura...  more »
  • With a lot of different species, and a really well cared garden, you should come to Botanical Gardens and take some time walking, feeling the smell of the flowers and watching the many different flowe...  more »
  • I think it would have been better to wait a little later in Spring as not much was in bloom. It was very nice though and we enjoyed the visit.  more »
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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