Hortus Botanicus

Price guide: Mid-range

Plantage Middenlaan 2a, Amsterdam, 1018 DD

Price guide: Mid-range

Medicinal herb garden
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Best for Romance - Expert review of Hortus Botanicus

One of the world's oldest botanical gardens - compact but delightful, and with a lovely café.

Founded in 1638 as a medicinal herb garden, the Hortus Botanicus covers a mere three acres, but it packs an awful lot in. As well as an area still dedicated to medicinal herbs, gravel paths wend their way through to a rock garden, a butterfly house, the elegant, 19th-century Palm House containing a cycad that is claimed to be the world's oldest pot plant, and modern greenhouses that include an aerial walkway through the tropical canopy.

Price advice: 

7.50 euros; over 65s and children 5-14 3.50 euros. Free for I amsterdam Card holders.

Expert tips: 
Guided tours take place on Sundays at 2pm. They last an hour, cost 1 euro, and no reservations are necessary.
The Hortus Botanicus' Orangery café is particularly enticing when it's warm enough to sit outside on the suntrap terrace. It serves delicious pastries, sandwiches and salads.

More information on Hortus Botanicus:

Price guide:
Park / garden
Plantage Middenlaan 2a, Amsterdam, 1018 DD
020 625 9021
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, weekends 10am-5pm - except December and January, when it shuts at 4pm, and July and August when it stays open to 7pm.

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Community comments (1)

Spent a delightful couple of hours here one morning. If you're into plants of any kind, this is worth a visit.
Look out for a timid, tail-less cat who lives in the garden.