Hortus Botanicus - Botanic Gardens, Amsterdam
Hortus Botanicus means "Botanical Garden" in Latin. Amsterdam has a wonderful such garden, with some 250.ooo flowers, 115.ooo plants and trees, from 8.ooo different varieties. The special thing about this Botanical Garden is the fact that is was established here back in 1682.
The whole place isn't very vast, but more than similar to a little jungle-park, with plants side by side, one great butterfly park and the greenhouses for the tropical plants. The Palm-House (pictured) hosts one of the oldest palm trees.
Admission is free with the Amsterdam Pass or 5 EUR without. May I suggest it really worth a visit!
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"Hortus Botanicus"... sounds like a spell that Harry Potter would say, waving his wand around.
The Botanical Garden makes a very pleasant change of pace from museums and sight-seeing. Most of the plants were collected a few centuries ago by the Dutch East India Company, and some are at risk of becoming extinct now. Don't miss the Palm House.
The garden isn't too big - I think we wandered around the whole of it in about half an hour, although we might have stayed longer if we'd been in town for more than a day.
This is one of the oldest botanical garden in the world (from 1638). It's a living museum with some plants more than 300 years old. I was very surprised to see the Welwidschia-plant from the desert of Namibia (you will find a picture in my Namibia-travelogue)
One of the oldest botanic gardens in the world.
Different tropical greenhouses (lovely on a cold day), gardens & a small butterfly house.
At the Hortus Botanicus is a small greenhouse full of butterflies! Very intimate and very full of butterflies! Fascinating!!
The Hortus Botanicus is a great place to spend an hour or two in Amsterdam! It is a botanical garden with great old atriums! Also, a nice break from the overwhelming hordes of people on the street!