Photo of a bridge at the Hortus Botanicus

Hortus Botanicus

Nestled in the bustling heart of Amsterdam, the Hortus Botanicus stands as one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, with its roots tracing back to 1638. Originally established as a medicinal herb garden for doctors and pharmacists, this verdant oasis now boasts a collection of over 6,000 plants from around the globe. It serves not only as a tranquil retreat from urban life but also as a vital center for botanical research and conservation. Among its many treasures are rare species and a centuries-old Eastern Cape giant cycad, which has been a resident of the garden since 1646, making it one of the oldest potted plants in Europe.

The Hortus Botanicus is not only a haven for plant lovers but also a hub of continuous learning and cultural activities. It offers a range of workshops, guided tours, and educational programs designed to enlighten visitors about plant biodiversity and the importance of ecological sustainability. The garden's tropical greenhouse, with its three different climatic zones, allows an immersive experience where visitors can explore the flora of deserts, the subtropics, and the tropics all within a few steps. The Hortus’s café and unique gift shop, where one can purchase plant-based products and botanical books, make it a perfect destination for tourists and locals alike, ensuring a blend of relaxation and enrichment in the heart of Amsterdam.

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