Hortus Botanical Gardens
At the start of the Plantage Middenlaan you will find the Hortus, Amsterdam’s secret garden. The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. The garden and greenhouses house over 4.000 species.
Everyone who walks through the gate for the first time and ‘discovers’ the Hortus, will be amazed: ponds with exotic water lilies, heated greenhouses with palm trees and butterflies, rustling bamboo and flowering trees. The Orangery is located in the middle of this living museum and has one of the most beautiful terraces inAmsterdam. The Hortus is an oasis of green exuberance right in the middle of theNetherlands’s noisiest city. There may be some among Amsterdam’s local residents who won’t like the Hortus being included on this website. After all, it may get busy in their Garden of Eden.
The Hortus primarily functioned as a medical herb garden for doctors and pharmacists. Throughout the 7th and 18th Century, ships from the Dutch East-India company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie – VOC) delivered growing numbers of exotic ornamental plants to the Hortus. Some of these plants can still be admired in the Hortus today, including the 300-year-oldEastern Cape cycad in the Palm House.
Details and opening hours
+ 31 (0) 20 625 90 21 of + 31 (0) 20 625 84 11 (Information service)
Children under 5 years old: free
Children (5-14 years old) € 4,50
65+/CJP : € 4,50