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?