3 reasons why to visit The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

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3 reasons why to visit The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

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The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Although it is rather small nevertheless it offers you an excellent collection of different plants. It is a perfect place for everyone who wants to feel and experience the nature in the middle of the bustle Amsterdam.

Here are my 3 reasons why I would suggest visiting this place.

1. A great possibility to take a green break in Amsterdam

Sometimes the centre of Amsterdam can be very tiresome (especially in hot summer days.) If you have been doing sightseeing for most of the day, then at some moment you might wish to rest in a peaceful and silent place. If so, you should go to The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. As it is located very close to the city centre (Plantage Middenlaan 2A), it is an excellent place where to hide from the city noise and relax.

There are enough benches, silent corners and big trees that offer refreshing shadows. So a good rest is guaranteed (just be careful not to fall asleep and miss the closing time (17:00) of the garden).

After having had a walk through the garden, I advise you to have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in the Botanical garden’s cafeteria. All dishes that are offered there are said to be made from organic ingredients.

2. Discover an unique collection of plants

The Botanical garden is home to one of the oldest potted plants in the Western world – the “Eastern Cape Giant Cycad”. This plant was brought to the Netherlands more than three centuries ago.

You can also see an example of the tallest tree species in the World – the Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is impressive not just because of its height, but also because of the reddish bark.

When Christmas is coming, mistletoes are getting more and more popular. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take a branch of this plant with you, in order to hang above the door.

Last but not least, although spring and summer might seem to be the best seasons for visiting a botanical garden, you will find it interesting in autumn and winter too. When it is windy and cold outside, it might be the best time to visit the tropical plant greenhouse and enjoy a pleasantly warm climate, at the same time learning more about the life of the evergreen tropical plants.

3. Extend your knowledge

If you consider yourself a true coffee/tea lover, you should definitely see what the coffee and the tea plants look like. One of The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam  greenhouses offers you an opportunity to see them from a very close distance. Furthermore, there you can also see the origins of other daily used products, for example, cinnamon, ginger or even pineapple. 

To my mind, The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam due to its history, collection and spirit is a must-see place for every green thinking traveller.

About the blogger:
Laura Ratniece has been living in the Netherlands for one and a half years and currently is working at Booking.com.

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