The Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens. The gardens in the Plantage district just outside the bustling centre of Amsterdam represent a small green oasis in the city. Sheltered behind the 300 year old gates are the constantly changing gardens and the greenhouses with their butterflies and cacti.
The botanical garden was established initially as a hortus medicus to grow medicinal plants for pharmacists and doctors. Eventually the hortus lost that function and was no longer associated with Amsterdam University (UvA). Today its existence is funded by several local sponsors.
With over 4,000 plant species the Hortus Botanicus is a unique site that is definitely worth a visit. Don’t forget to explore the ‘three-climate greenhouse’ and enjoy an organic soft drink in the orangery afterwards. And while you are in the neighbourhood, why not combine the Hortus with a visit to Artis Zoo?