Monday, 26 May 2008


De Hortus is a lovely way to while away an hour or two on a lazy weekend day. De Hortus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, with more than 6000 plants. Founded in 1638 by the Amsterdam City Council it was originally a medicinal herb garden. At that time, herbs were of vital importance as the basis of medicines and the city had just experienced a plague epidemic. Doctors and pharmacists trained in the preparation of prescriptions at the Hortus. Further information here.
Some of the herb gardens above and below.
Some crazy display cases.
Hortus has some great tropical greenhouses. I also recommend visiting on Museum Night, where tropical fare is on offer in these houses.
Don't miss the butterfly enclosure.
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam: Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam
Open: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Saturday 10am - 5 pm. Sunday and holidays 10 am – 5pm.
The Hortus is closed at 4:00 p.m. during the months December and January. The Hortus is open daily until 7:00 p.m. during the months of July and August. cost: adult €7, senior/student €3.50, child (5-14 years old) €3.50.

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