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Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus)

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“japanese garden”(10 reviews)
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Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ, Leiden, The Netherlands
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All reviews tropical plants japanese garden glass house old trees nice garden water lilies leiden university pleasant walk worth a visit great variety museum card sit down gift shop few hours amazing collection couple of hours entrance fee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited a couple of days ago. A nice variety of plants. Not as big as the Amsterdam botanical garden but good enough. Nice scenery but a visit at spring or summer would be better

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank georgevin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hortus botanicus in Leiden is a beautifully maintained garden with lots of exotic tropical plants and trees both in temperature controlled glass houses and out doors. Pleasant walk through the garden with the picturesque canal running beside, and the old observatory in the premises...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank manjupad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even on a rainy day this garden did not disappoint. Lots of exotics, plants under glass in the out of doors and a pleasant out-door space. Then we had a fine plant-centric lunch in the café.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jzimnie
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Began the evening with a lovely dinner. The dinner was very good. After a brief stroll amid the flowers we were entertained with beautiful music and wonderfully read excerpts from a popular novel. This was an event which is offered periodically at this venue. Reasonable...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank donnarolszewski
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Although I have known this place for 30-40 years, I had never visited it. On this rainy day I visited the Hortus with friends. The gardens are beautiful and the glass houses are nearby in case it rains. In the middle of the garden with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Havaki
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Spent an interesting couple of hours in this historical botanical gardens with relaxing outdoor walk and well stocked glass houses. There is also an observatory on the site which was open at the time of our visit and contains an excellent exhibition on astronomy,

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sandyretriever
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Enjoyed a wander around the gardens and through the various glasshouses. Good display of insectivorous plants on the upper mevel of first glass house, which is an interest of ours. Quite small overall compared to many of the botanical gardens I have visited but would...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lolarabbit
Reviewed 11 September 2018

This is a very beautiful botanical gardens. Hortus Botanicus was established in 1590, makes it one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, and the oldest in the Netherlands. The Garden is located in Leiden, approximately 47 kilometres from Amsterdam. Its collections include an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
5  Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

This botanic garden is not the biggest in the world! But it makes up for its size in the amount of plants packed into the small space, particular highlights are the glass houses including the orchid rooms, but also the Chinese herb garden, the order...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Laksalover
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

The oldest botanical garden in Europe. A must. Cozy and great atmosphere and landscape. Best time to visit in the morning at 10 a.m. just after opening

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Roland K
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23 January 2018|
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Response from desparatehousewife07 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so. I never saw one there
14 June 2017|
Response from K7029ZXbobs | Reviewed this property |
You need a ticket or a national museum card. I don't know the cost for an individual visit as I have the national card - well worth it if you are visiting several attractions during your stay in the Netherlands. There is a... More
14 June 2017|
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Response from Joannesdebont | Reviewed this property |
Parking is either near the canal or near the university library.
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