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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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A lot of interest in a small area

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 

Thank cooperclanCumbria
Paso Robles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank pasowine
Crieff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hortus Botanicus provides a lovely bit of green in Amsterdam. Come here if you want to see some birds (e.g., rose-ringed parakeets, wrens, blackbirds, tits) or if you like exploring hot-houses (including a palm house, tropical and desert displays). The botanic garden is quite small, but very well curated.

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Navarro, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gardens with older specimens of conifers and northern plants. I came for an hour and stayed three. It was cold and foggy though the beautiful layout made it all worth it. Close to downtown in bicycle or walking distance. I will return.

Thank Jens-Ole K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This old Botanical garden, former medical plants were gathered her to cur the ill in the old days, boasts a great hothouse with the feeling of the tropics. So if you can not stand the cold in the winter months, do go here. There is also a fine cafe, with outdoor seating in the summer, and indoors all year round... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

In the middle of Amsterdam is this great botanical garden. It feels that you're abroad, because there are so many exotic flowers and plants. Feels like wandering in a nature documentary, an escape from the city life.

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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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