Hortus Botanicus

Address: Plantage Middenlaan 2a, Amsterdam, 1018 DD, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 625 9021

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

Price advice

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

Expert tips

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.

Guided tours take place on Sundays at 2pm. They last an hour, cost 1 euro, and no reservations are necessary.

Recommended for

  • First-time travellers
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation