Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

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Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam Reviews

ik-ben-10eke ik-ben-1…
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Peaceful place in a busy city Aug 11, 2014
I wanted to go to the Amsterdam Hortus Botanicus for a long time, but didn't want to go on my own and finding someone to join me wasn't that easy. Surprisingly I found out my brother in-law had the same problem, so it turned out not to be a problem anymore. We set date and time, and met each other at the entrance of the Hortus. It turned out he was the perfect companion, while he was reading all the information on the panels I had plenty of time to take pictures. And even could read some of the panels myself. We were in no hurry at all.

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, founded in 1638 as a herb garden for doctors and apothecaries. It is located in the center of Amsterdam, however once you entered the garden you hardly notice you are in the midst of a busy city. There is the actual garden with a great variety of unique trees and herbs, a part of this garden is set up in a formal geometric pattern. There is a nice pond in which a.o. the Victoria lily grows, a greenhouse for butterflies and a large greenhouse which is divided in 3 different climate zones (tropics, sub-tropics and a desert climate). At the tropic-zone you can find paths on different levels so you can even wander at treetop level.

On your way through the garden you have several options to discover the garden: you can walk as you like, or choose a theme, f.e. the tree-route or the evolution-route. We did the tree-route, which lead us to every part of the garden to, so it gave us a good overall impression and at the same time we learned something about rare and beautiful trees. Free leaflets with a map and explanation about these themes are available at the entrance, or can be followed using your tablet or smartphone.

The garden-cafe got a nice terrace surrounded by big exotic and subtropic pot plants, where we sat down for a coffee and cake. This has been a nice couple of hours we spend in this beautiful garden.
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Garden viewing Apr 12, 2012
The Hortus Botanicus of Amsterdam from 1638 is the oldest botanical gardens in the world. There are over 6000 plant species in the garden and the greenhouses accommodate plants from six different climates.

To get there, take tram no 9 or 14 stop at Mr Visserplein or by Metro no 51,53,54 stop at Waterlooplein and 5 minutes walk from the metro stop.

It is a nice stroll and relaxing afternoon in this garden and a good cafe inside the garden for a cup of tea/coffee. It cost 7.50 euro to enter the garden.
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sarahelaine sarahela…
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Dec 19, 2007
I went to Hortus in December, which is not the traditional time to go to Botanical Gardens but we wanted to get warm. I realise that this is a poor motive, but it's more or less how I got into art too. Hortus is on the New Herengraacht near the museumplein a short way from the centre.

The gardens are very nice, even in December. There is a new three climate greenhouse which contains a climate representing a desert, a rainforest, and South Africa. The greenhouse has an overhead walk way, and must be lovely in blossom season because they were quite interesting even this time of year. You are politely reminded to help keep the cat out! The palm house is much smaller than the ones in Edinburgh and Kew, but quiet interesting, and there is a 300 year old potted palm. I struggle to keep house plants alive for a couple of days.

The outside gardens were in winter mode, so we went into the butterfly house, which is domestic greenhouse sized but very nice. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the bright orange flying dutchemen butterflies. They are pretty fearless - possibly because they aren't terribly bright - and you can get really close. This might actually be a bit that is best enjoyed off season, because I can imagine it would feel pretty crowded with any more than three people in there.

I wish I could come in summer! The adult ticket is 6€, and accessibility for wheelchairs would be possible but limited and you couldn't go on the arial walk ways. There's even a shop.
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Devika1985 Devika19…
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Sep 15, 2007
Hortus Botanicus is a big botanical garden that can be found in Amsterdam. It's on of the eldest botanical gardens in the world. There are 6000 different plants from 4000 different species being displayed in the gardens and in the greenhouses. There are plants and flowers from every continent and something nice to see is the collection of carnivores. (Flesh eating plants)The entrance fee for adults is 6 euro's.
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djinn88 says:
Is it open in March/April?
Posted on: Oct 30, 2007

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