De Hortus Botanicus is located just east of Amsterdam centre and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.
With its garden and special greenhouses it has a collection of over 4,000 plant species. It is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours and connect with nature.
The Hortus was opened by the city council in 1638 – originally as a medicinal herb garden to help combat plague-type illnesses which gripped Europe at the time. Its collection then expanded as Dutch traders bought back exotic plants from all over the world, particularly from South Africa and Asia.
Today the Hortus organisation does important work ranging from education to the preservation of plant species. It specialises in the care of cycads and other rare plants from the African Cape region.
The Hortus is spread over 1.2 hectares and is split into 29 sections for different types of plant species. There are 7 greenhouses on site – including the old Palmhouse (1912), a butterfly greenhouse and the modern 3-climate greenhouse (1993) which has desert, sub-tropical and tropical climates. Walking from outside into the hot and humid tropical section is certainly an experience!
There are leaflets at the entrance (Dutch and English) with info and maps – including an “evolution tour” and “tree route” which highlights 24 trees in the garden, some over 200 years old.
The Orangery (1875) hosts the Hortus cafe inside the grounds is a great spot for a drink / snack with outdoor terrace – products served are organically and locally sourced. There is a 3 course lunch deal (€34) which includes admission.
There is a large Hortus store onsite is located in the former director’s chalet-style home. It sells plants, garden-related products, books, fair-trade food and various gifts.
Note, Hortus was closed between 13 March and 29 May 2020 due to coronavirus measures. Since reopening on 30 May it is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot in order to maintain social distancing. Green arrows mark one-way paths. The Butterfly Greenhouse and the Greenhouse Room are temporarily closed.
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam Essential Info
|Opening Times||Daily 1000-1700. Closing time is extended to 1900 on Sundays in July and August.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€9.75 for adults, €5.50 for children 5-14, students, CJP cultural youth pass holders and seniors 65+. FREE entry for children 0-4 and Iamsterdam City Card holders. Museumkaart is NOT valid.
An annual pass costs €36 (one person) or €72 (family).
|Getting There||De Hortus can easily be reached from the centre of Amsterdam on foot – head towards Waterlooplein and continue further east along the Plantage Middenlaan. From Amsterdam Central take tram 14 to the Mr. Visserplein stop. Metro lines 51, 53 and 54 serve Waterlooplein.|
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Plantage Middenlaan 2A, 1018 DD Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 625 9021, dehortus.nl