Hortus botanicus Leiden, Leiden

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 360+ 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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  • This Botanical Garden takes you into a fascinating world. A breath of fresh air in the heart of the city, this visit can be appreciated as a relaxing and pleasant walk. Student rates are very attractive.
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  • The oldest Botanical Garden in Europe is worth the visit. It is not big, certainly, the greenhouses are original and a little "messy" but gives them a certain charm. The greenhouse with water lilies Victoria is very pretty, the lily pads are impressive and many butterflies which are installed there give it a very enchanting atmosphere. Stroll in the Park is quite nice too, the corner of the Chinese garden along the canal is very zen. The cafeteria is a relaxing break with small dishes, sandwiches, soup House and drinks at reasonable prices.
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  • Very nice botanical garden with lovely view of the Singel ( canal around the city) and connected with the Observatory. Keep track of special weeks for eating plants, orchids or music in the garden. 
  • Great spot to visit in Leiden, with its great plants and flowers from everywhere around the world. Its location is also amazing, besides the Witte Singel canal. A place to have a calm stroll among nature.
  • Definitely worth a visit on a nice day. Tip: bring a blanket, when the weather is nice you can lay out on the grass and watch the boats come by.
  • 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.
  • It's huge than I imagine, well organized and lots of different kinds of plants. There's also Japanese garden thanks to Siebold. Would nice to go and study, reading books, chill on Sunny day.
  • Very interesting visit thanks to a well prepared guide that helped us discovering many stories behind the plants in this botanical garden.
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