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Hortus Botanicus Leiden

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Family Friendly, History Buffs, Uniquely Dutch

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Dutch, English, Espanol, Francais, German, Italian

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At Hortus Botanicus Leiden, the oldest botanical garden in The Netherlands, you can enjoy the wonderful collection of plants and flowers in the tropical glasshouses and beautiful gardens.  

The Hortus Botanicus Leiden was founded by the Leiden University in 1590. At the time it was primarily used for education and research. At the botanical garden, Carlus Clusius planted Europe’s first big tulip collection and Philipp Franz von Siebold planted approximately 700 unknown plants originating from Japan and China. Nowadays, you can find rare plants from South East and East Asia, Southern Europe and South Africa. Some of these flowers and plants are extinct in nature.

Upon arrival, you can collect one of the complimentary walking guides. Various walks are featured including walks along the crown jewels, flower bulbs and geophytes and the Von Siebold memorial garden. There’s plenty to choose from!


400 years ago, the ship the Mayflower left Leiden for America. The exhibition From Columbus to Mayflower  gives you an insight in the American plants that were known in these regions at the time.  Learn more about corn, tomatoes, tobacco, pumpkins and sunflowers. The informative walking map will help you discover them all. This exhibition is available until the 26th of November 2020.

Extra information 

  • Guided tours are only available for groups. These tours must be booked in advance. 
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, you have the opportunity to visit the Sterrewacht visitor center. This is the oldest still existing university observatory in the world. 


  • Discover where the first tulips were planted dating back in the 16th century
  • Learn more about 'Hortus medicus’, where several plants have medicinal purposes
  • Take a copy of the walking guide and visit the different theme gardens
  • Visit the Sterrewacht visitor center, the oldest still existing university observatory in the world


  • Entry to the botanical gardens
  • Walking guide of the gardens


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Tour operator/Daycard Adult €8.00
Child 4-12 years €3.50

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