Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. The gardens were founded by the city council in 1638, and are currently home to over 4,000 plant species. Some of the plants are over 300 years old, and were brought back to the Netherlands on board the Dutch East India Company ships that roamed the seas in the 17th and 18th centuries. There’s an outdoor café surrounded by greenhouses in the middle of the museum—we find it a great place to relax. The best part of Hortus is the peace and quiet you experience once you enter the buildings—no matter how busy things are outdoors, once inside you feel far from the hustle and bustle going on outside.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Major Events
- Credit Cards Accepted: mastercard, visa
- Nearest Train: Waterlooplein