Since 1723 the Hortus Botanicus has been located at Lange Nieuwstraat and this long history is reflected in the newly designed garden. Medical and botanical science played a particularly large role in the set-up and the diverse plant collection. The greenhouses take up a prominent place in the Oude Hortus and the heart of the garden is characterised by the pond.
- Enjoy this green oasis in the center of Utrecht.
- See the oldest still existing hortus greenhouses in Holland.
- After visiting the Oude Hortus, why not check out the Centraal Museum, Nijntje Museum or Spoorwegmuseum.
The gardens of the Oude Hortus
The Oude Hortus in Utrecht consists of two gardens: the Regius garden and the Cottage garden. The former is modelled after Hortus Medicus, a 17th-century garden in Utrecht used mainly to educate medical students about medicinal herbs. The latter is an alpine garden with low walls, short stairs, ponds and dwarf conifers. The gardens are full of unique plants and trees. The greenhouses of the Oude Hortus are the oldest university garden greenhouses still in existence in Holland.
Visit the Oude Hortus
The Oude Hortus is open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. You can choose from two garden routes that will tell you everything about the plants along the way. The garden is maintained by a group of enthusiastic volunteers directed by the gardener. Together, they ensure that the Oude Hortus looks beautiful all year round.
The Oude Hortus (Old Hortus Botanicus) is located in the center of Utrecht surrounded by museums. The Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum) and Nijntje (Miffy) Museum are great fun for young and old and practically around the corner. If you love culture, you will absolutely enjoy the comprehensive collection of the Centraal Museum, which is just a two-minute walk from the Oude Hortus.