Hortus Botanicus – Overview
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. Experience, discover, and enjoy!
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. Discover the Three Climate Greenhouse. In it, you can find three different climate zones – the subtropics, the desert, and the tropics. All of which have their own temperature, humidity, and air circulation.
Furthermore, the garden offers different areas. In Snippendaal Garden there are growing all the plants from the previous director Snippendaal’s catalogue. The large pond, which is especially impressive in the summer due to the self-growing Gunnera. And finally the Semicircle, a systematic garden, in which flowering plants are categorized according to ‘molecular systematics’.
Enjoy the Garden’s collection of carnivorous plants, see the large collection of plants from South Africa and rest in the shade of palm trees and cycads.
Hortus Botanicus also houses temporary exhibitions, such as nature photo exhibitions or plants which are essential for health.
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|Regular Price||With Voucher|
|Child & Senior||€5.50||€4.40|
|monday||10:00 - 17:00|
|tuesday||10:00 - 17:00|
|wednesday||10:00 - 17:00|
|thursday||10:00 - 17:00|
|friday||10:00 - 17:00|
|saturday||10:00 - 17:00|
|sunday||10:00 - 17:00|