WHY LOCALS LOVE IT
Exploring The Hortus Botanicus can be a breathtaking experience to do in the middle of Amsterdam. It’s one of the oldest (1638) and cutest botanical gardens in the world. Squeezed in between a canal and some houses you find this little area with glass houses, little paths and a restaurant.
I went for the first time to the Hortus Botanicus to do a photoshoot with Jung Youna, as a local I can say than this is a nice alternative to the usual touristy things to do and also a nice option for real nature lovers.
“True town small oasis steeped in history and a great sanctuary of calm”.
The reasons for establishing a specialized medical garden were very serious: at that time the cities of Leiden and Utrecht experienced the plague epidemic (1634-1637) with thousands of victims. Additionally, several monasteries moved out of the quickly growing city and there was not enough space in Amsterdam to plant herbs.
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT IT
Some numbers about what you’ll find behind the 300 year old gates: The garden part has 8000 sorts of plants from all continents. The greenhouses have over 4000 different sorts. Besides getting into history and nature, Hortus is also great for a chill session.
“It’s a peaceful place despite from the madness of the bicycles”.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO EXPLORE IT
The best time to explore Hortus is in the early morning, you can walk around in a relax mood because it will be more quiet and not to much crowded than if you go in the afternoon. It’s the best plan on a cold and rainy day!
Exploring The Hortus Botanicus you will realise then It’s a small, interesting and informative botanical garden with sub tropical and three climate greenhouses, a butterfly house and quiet pathways.
WHAT MORE PLACES ARE CLOSE TO IT
The Hortus Botanicus is 20 minutes walking from the centre, so after it I recommend you to explore around the Plantage area. Near the Hortus Botanicus you can find the Portuguese Synagogue, the Resistance Museum and the Old Jewish Quarter.
I also recommend to visit Artis the Zoo, it’s just 7 minutes walking and is much more than a zoo. It is the oldest zoo in The Netherlands with a rich history and a beautiful park with old monuments, characteristic buildings and unusual gardens.
The Netherlands is a country of windmills and…beer! I totally recommend Brouwerij ‘t IJ is located next to the ‘De Gooyer’ Windmill. This small brewery currently brews four seasonal beers and five standard beers. All the beers are certified organic. The pub in the brewery is open daily from 15:00 to 20:00 and has a large outdoor terrace. The brewery also offers tastings and guided tours. This is a must exploring the Plantage area, don’t miss it!
WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO MISS
- Take time to climb up to the wandering in the glasshouses
- Playing in the bamboo forest
- It is worth to go to the butterfly house – don’t miss the chrysalis frame! It’s fantastic when the butterflies land on you
- Eating cake in the lovely cafe.
- Nice gift shop and not expensive, you can also buy your favourite plant!
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