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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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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  • Spent a pleasant couple of hours in the Botanical Garden away from the hustle and bustle of the town which was in the midst of a busy Japanese festival. Interesting collection of plants although some ...  more »
  • It was early in the season so not so much out flowering but still worth a visit. I think they are closed in the winter when all the less hardy plants are crammed into the greenhouse to protect them. T...  more »
  • This garden has some interesting species of plants although some of them seem a bit unkempt. The orchid house was nice as as the display of insect-eating plants.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • best place for plant enthusiast's :) worth the visit and entre price!