Visit the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world. Today, there are more than 4,000 species growing in the gardens and greenhouses.
The Hortus Botanicus is located near the hectic centre of Amsterdam. However, behind the 300-year-old gates, the bustle of the city seems to disappear. Originally, the Hortus Botanicus was a medicinal herb garden, founded in 1638. Thanks to the ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), the garden expanded quickly in the 17th and 18th centuries. The VOC ships brought not only new herbs and spices, but also exotic ornamental plants. In fact, some examples of the present collection date from that time. Today, the garden and greenhouses accommodate plants from no less than six different climates and it now contains more than six thousand tropical and indigenous trees and plants.
Explore the garden’s 5 different green houses, be amazed by their collection of carnivorous plants, see the large collection of plants from South Africa or rest in the shade of palm trees and cycads.
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