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Hortus Botanicus Leiden

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Duration

1.5 hours

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Location

Leiden

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Experience

Culture Vultures, Family Friendly, History Buffs, Uniquely Dutch

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Languages

Dutch, English, Espanol, Francais, German, Italian

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Opening Time

10:00

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Closing Time

18:00

Overview

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. Carlus Clusius planted Europe’s first big tulip collection in the botanical garden. Philipp Franz von Siebold planted here 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.

Complimentary walking guides are available. These walks include lovely strolls along the crown jewels, flower bulbs and geophytes and the Von Siebold memorial garden. There’s plenty to choose from!

If you are visiting during the weekend, then a visit to the Sterrenwacht visitor centre is worthwhile. It is the oldest existing observatory in the world and is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Included

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

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Created with Sketch. Rapenburg 73, Leiden, Netherlands

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Adult day ticket €8.00
Child (4-12 years) €3.50

Social Distance

Steps taken to make distancing possible.

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