Hortus Botanicus Overview

Situated in Amsterdam, the Hortus Botanicus is one of the ancient botanical gardens in the world that houses a collection of over 4000 living plant species. This botanical garden is a beautiful green oasis in the city that consists of constantly changing gardens and three greenhouses with different climates and collections. It is an all-year-round tourist attraction as it offers something new in every season. 

Located in the bustling center of the city, Hortus Botanicus is one of the most beautiful and ancient botanical gardens in the world. It attracts visitors throughout the year to catch a glimpse of its more than 4000 living plant displays and constantly changing gardens. The famous botanical garden features three greenhouses that represent three different climates, namely the desert, the subtropics, and the tropics; a palm greenhouse; and a butterfly greenhouse. The green oasis also consists of a glassroom that is an open space used for educational purposes in the attraction. Ensure that you visit this stunning and ancient ages Botanical garden with our Europe trip.

On visiting the Hortus Botanicus, the visitors will also find a snippendaal garden that includes a vast collection of medicinal plants. They have been used for the education of pharmacists and doctors since the 17th century, a semicircular systematic garden, and a large pond. Besides the sightseeing opportunities, the attraction also offers different kinds of activities, guided tours, and children's programs. The best part is that even if you are at home, you can participate in DIY projects, drawing assignments, and take video tours of the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

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• Pay a visit to the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and explore the vast green oasis in the center of the bustling city.
• Take a tour of the different greenhouses in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and witness different climates in three climate greenhouses, palm trees in the palm greenhouse, and several kinds of butterflies in the butterfly greenhouse.
• Witness the glassroom that has been used for educational activities for schools, drawing courses, and microscopic research.
• Explore the snippendaal garden that consists of medicinal plants for the education of doctors and pharmacists and a semicircle of plant systematics in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.
• Checkout the crown jewels of the attraction that attracts a myriad of visitors throughout the year.
• Spot the fundamental collection of the botanical garden that is very well segregated into different categories.
• Browse through the list of 4000 living plant species and find your favorite one in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

How To Reach

By Metro- The visitors can take metro lines 51, 53, and 54 and drop off at the Waterlooplein stop. From there, you can take the station’s exit Hortusplantsoen to reach the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

By Train- You can board the train from anywhere in the country to Amsterdam Central Station and then take a bus, metro, or tram to reach Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

By Tram- If you are traveling to Hortus Botanicus by tram, you can take tram number 14 towards Flevopark and alight at Mr. Visserplein to reach your ideal destination.

By Bus- You can board bus number 287 towards Bijlmermeer and stop at Artist to reach Hortus Botanicus.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Hortus Botanicus is between June and September. During this time, the attraction experiences the summer season when the botanical garden is filled with rich and luscious greenery all around. The air is fresh and there are not too many tourists so you can explore the attraction at your own pace.

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Other Essential Information

  • Book your tickets to Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam online in advance to avoid standing in long queues at the ticket counter under the sun's scorching heat and get direct access to the attraction.
  • Do not take dogs or other pets in the Hortus Botanicus, except the leashed guide dogs.
  • Avail yourself of the wheelchair facilities if you need to access the different parts of the attraction.
  • Avoid bringing any large bags or any other valuable belongings as there is no guarded cloakroom or lockers in the Hortus Botanicus.
  • Do not touch the plants, break them, or take them out of the Hortus Botanicus. 

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Point of Interest for Hortus Botanicus


The Hortus Botanicus includes three greenhouses, a palm greenhouse, a butterfly house, and a Kaslokaal greenhouse with different climatic conditions such as temperature, humidity and air circulation. The three climate greenhouses are the three different zones with different climates, representing the desert, the subtropics, and the tropics. On one hand, the palm greenhouse showcases a vast collection of palms, palm ferns, and container plants during the winter season. The butterfly greenhouse consists of hundreds of tropical butterflies flying freely in their enclosure, while the Kaslokaal glassroom is a flexible space for all kinds of educational activities at the Hortus Botanicus.

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The Garden

The Garden

One of the key features of Hortus Botanicus are its gardens, that also includes a snippendaal garden, a semicircular (systematic garden), and a large pond. In the snippendaal garden, visitors can witness a vast collection of medicinal plants that have been used for the education of pharmacists and doctors since the 17th century. Moving forward, you will find a semicircle of plant systematics in the garden that offers an abundance of flowers in the summer season and the straight symmetrical lines of its beds in the winter season. There is also a large pond in the garden that is bordered by a collection of colorful rhododendrons.

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Crown Jewels

Crown Jewels

In the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, you will discover different kinds of attractions like the snippendaal garden, the glassroom, ginkgo biloba, hugo de vries gate, palm greenhouse, Wollemi pine, and much more. Besides this, you will also find cycads, carnivorous plants, a canopy walk, a South African collection, a Gympie Gympie, a desert greenhouse, coffees, and bees and butterflies in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

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Key Collections

Key Collections

The prime collections of the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam are ginkgo biloba, gate of hugo de vries, canopy walk, South African plants, cashroom, carnivorous plants, container plants and butterfly & bees. Each of these collections serves a great purpose in the attraction like the medicinal plants are used for the education of pharmacists and doctors.

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Garden Explorer

Garden Explorer

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam allows visitors to find their favorite plant in this botanical garden through Garden Explorer. No matter whether you forget the name of the plant while wandering around the garden, you can browse through the list of 4000 living plants and find your desirable ones.

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Hortus Botanicus Reviews

Fiza Fiza
Reviewed: 20 Aug 2022
An exceptional tour. We enjoyed looking at thousands of different exotic trees and plants during our visit to this garden. Thrillophilia assisted us wonderfully to make this experience worthwhile and easy. We could avoid the long queues in the heat and crowd. Thanks a lot
Reviewed: 05 Jun 2022
The Hortus Botanicus was on the top of our list on our honeymoon tour of Amsterdam. We enjoyed a romantic walk here and watched the beautiful musical performance. Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this experience really amazing with their super affordable tickets.
Kalyani Sinha
Reviewed: 09 Aug 2022
I had an amazing time at Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. The direct entry tickets offered by Thrillophilia were a great value and I would highly recommend this to others. The gardens are beautiful and well-maintained, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely visit again!
Tanushri Guneta
Reviewed: 06 Dec 2021
When I visited Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, I felt so relaxed. Enjoying the immense natural beauty preserved in the complex was a mesmerising experience. My family also had a good time dining in the garden. I think the best part was the musicians performing at the Greenhouse.Even the Thrillophilia... Read More

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