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Botanical Garden (Hortus Botanicus)

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Plantage & the East
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Address: Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Breathtakingly beautiful

I came here in the Winter so unfortunately didn't really get to experience all the wonders of the gardens outside, which were much bigger than we initially expected! I also never... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here in the Winter so unfortunately didn't really get to experience all the wonders of the gardens outside, which were much bigger than we initially expected! I also never expected to find a greenhouse full of butterflies here, which was really lovely! There were also rooms inside, one of which was humid, contained little streams and a dense... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm a huge fan of botanical gardens and try to visit one in any city while traveling. The one in Amsterdam is kind of out of the way so I skipped public transportation and took a cab. I especially enjoyed the tropical greenhouse--perfect place to take 15 minutes on a bench to journal and inhale wonderful fragrances. There are a... More 

Thank Elana E
Ghent, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's somewhere between a 3 and a 4 star. I must say that I took into account the price they ask for entrance. When it's winter, they should lower it as there is really not much to see. It is a typical setting of a botanical garden with a lot of outside gardens and some greenhouses. It is well-maintained but... More 

Thank D_vid13
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

strolled the garden and conservatories. enjoyed a quick encounter in the butterfly house. plenty in bloom and surprising in July.

Thank artandbrianandgene
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Only 1.2 hectares, these gardens pack a lot in. Of particular interest was the three climate greenhouse: the subtropical has plants from South Africa and Australia, the desert section has many Mexican plants and there is a hot, humid tropical section. Exhibits dotted around the gardens illustrate the evolution of plants. The semi-circle gives an overview of plant families grouped... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We passed through the Hortus as part of the Light Festival and went back in the daylight. As a family it was our favourite place on our whole week in Amsterdam , for a family of 4 the best value to get into and no ques . We loved the big greenhouses, and all the beautiful buildings surrounding it, we... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We had read both good and bad reviews - but were so delighted to find this true gem right in the city! The gardens were still quite beautiful the first of October on a wonderful sunny fall day. I can see how in the winter, it might not be as good however. There were just the right amount of different... More 

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Crieff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Possibly not the best time to visit in winter, however the glass houses and greenhouses are still worth a visit all year round. Nice little cafe for coffee and a cake as well. A pleasant break away from all the hustle & bustle of the city!

Thank Nigel F
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Visited the gardens near Artis Zoo, last week. It was a huge disappointment, the only redeeming features were the greenhouses and the restaurant. The gardens outside were unkept and neglected.The euro 8,50 entrance fee was far too high for what was on offer.As said restaurant and greenhouses with palms and cactus made the difference upped the review to 2 stars.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

I had high hopes about this due to the reviews and I love a good botanical garden but this was quite disappointing. I imagine in the summer months this place is beautiful and well worth a visit. The greenhouses were okay but as I only speak English I had no clue what I was looking at and the information leaflet... More 

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Plantage & the East
The eastern edge of central Amsterdam provides visitors with the chance to imagine the city that Rembrandt called home (and to tour his historic house) while shopping like the thriftiest of locals at Waterlooplein’s massive flea market, or even enjoying a craft beer beside the tallest wooden windmill in The Netherlands. This verdant, serene, and stately part of town is home to Artis Royal Zoo, one of Europe’s oldest (and still best kept) zoos, and Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It's also an ideal setting for the Dutch outpost of St Petersburg’s Hermitage.
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