Hortus Botanicus - in Amsterdam / Things To Do / Sightseeing

Hortus Botanicus

Plantage Middenlaan 2a

Tel: 0031 (0)206259021
Opening times: 9am - 5pm Mon/Fri. (10am weekends)

Web: website
Email: info@dehortus.nl

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The Hortus Amsterdam Botanical Garden is one of the oldest of it's type in the world. This living museum dates from 1638, and was founded by the city fathers of Amsterdam as "Hortus Medicus", a garden of medicinal herbs for physicians and apothecaries. In 1682 it was established at it's present location on the eastern edge of the city center, and houses some 6000 varieties of plant life.
The outdoor garden is occupied by plants whose natural habitat is temperate or arctic.
The Palm House (constructed in 1912) has a collection of cycad palms, one of which is over 300 years old.
The Mexican/Californian desert house can be found in the middle section of the garden along with a glass house full of the most beautiful butterflies.
The Three Climates Glass House (constructed in 1993) is split, as the name suggests, into three distinct climatic systems; subtropical (Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), desert (southern Africa and South America), and a tropical section imitating the jungle and rain forests of South America.
The Hortus' "Orangery", built in the 19th century, has a rich history like that of the garden. Originally the "Orange" trees (lemon, grapefruit, orange and mandarin) were placed here to spend the winter, but the building has also served as a lecture-hall for the University and, at the request of Louis Napoleon, at one time housed his royal collection of 62 foreign and wild species of animal. Nowadays, during opening hours, the "Oranjerie" is a lunchroom open to visitors.
The Hortus is easy to reach by public transport:
Tram 9 and 14, and circle tram 20 (stop Mr. Visserplein),
or subway (metro stop Waterlooplein, exit Hortusplantsoen).
The nearest parking garage is on Waterlooplein. For more information check out their excellent website.
De Hortus closes at 4pm during December and January, but open until 7pm during July and August. The Hortus is closed on Jan 1st, Sept 30th, and Dec 25th.


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