Hortus Botanicus
Hortus Botanicus
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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Waterlooplein • 6 min walk
  • Weesperplein • 8 min walk
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  • David J
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great gardens, poor cafe
    Lovely gardens and greehouses, but they need to sort the cafe out. Lovely staff, but a complete shambles, with lots of tables having 'reserved' signs on them, just to stop people taking them and overwhelming the understaffed kitchen. Great place, but hopeless cafe, I'm afraid.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • smootx
    Houston, Texas79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Oasis in Amsterdam
    This was a lovely find after visiting nearby Micropia. While small, this botanical garden feels like an oasis in the city. We leisurely strolled the grounds looking at the plants that were coming into bloom and exploring the green houses. It was a nice way to spend an hour or two... peaceful and lovely.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • CharlieV2011
    Chicago, Illinois2,130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Morning!
    I visited the botanical gardens early morning on a nice sunny day and the visit was perfect! I loved seeing the various greenhouses and various plants that included cacti, tropical plants, and forest trees. This was a great way to spend two hours. The gardens also have a cafe and free toilets.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,783 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small botanic garden
    This is a surprisingly small botanic garden but it does have some areas of interest. The best area for me was the greenhouse with cycads including the oldest potted cycad in the world (over 300 years). There's also another greenhouse with tropical plants. Also a wildflower garden next to the canal, a small conifer section and a small water area. There's also a butterfly house for those interested in these lovely creatures. On the non-garden side, there's a cafe and a small shop with some interesting bits and pieces.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Benj
    London, United Kingdom168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected delight!
    Great place to visit for a short while. Really wasn't expecting it to be so interesting. It's not massive but definitely worth visiting. Brilliant tropical area with lots of variety. Keep an eye out for the miniature frogs, you'll hear them before you see them! Butterfly house was a highlight too. Don't miss this place!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates8,960 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable
    This is a small but pretty botanical garden featuring a couple of good sized palm and rainforest rooms, butterfly room, a few greenhouses and pleasant gardens with a lake on one side. There is a nice licensed cafe in the grounds as well as a shop. It’s a nice and relatively cheap place to pass an hour or so on a nice day.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Hayley G
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning and Peaceful
    What a beautiful place! About a 20 minute walk from Amsterdam Station, but feels a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. Well worth a visit to escape the crowds, take a picnic or enjoy the cafe. The glasshouses are spectacular with so many interesting collections and interactive displays. The butterfly house is cool, too!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts38,375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful well appointed botanical garden
    Hortus Botanicus is not huge, but the hothouses full of lush tropical greenery are lovely. One hothouse even has butterflies. The garden is more beautiful in spring of course, when its beautiful flowers are in full bloom. As planned, I went to their cafe, where I enjoyed sublime apple crumb cake with raisins and a cup of turmeric tea in gorgeous surroundings.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Matt B
    Norwich, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An oasis of calm!
    A lovely, small botanical gardens. Beautiful glasshouse with three climate zones. Went in winter so the outside gardens were not doing much but I’m sure would be lovely in the spring. Very nice cafe/restaurant too. Very peaceful place.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2024
  • Elizabeth Charming
    Cotswolds, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A botanical wonderland!
    It is truly a botanical wonderland! As I walked through the different sections of the garden, I was amazed by the variety of plants from all over the world. From tropical rainforests to arid deserts, the garden has recreated different ecosystems, making it a truly immersive experience. Apart from the impressive flora, the hortus botanicus also boasts a stunning butterfly greenhouse. Walking through this enclosed space, surrounded by a multitude of colorful butterflies, felt like a magical journey. Not only is the hortus botanicus a romantic spot for a first date, especially in the evening with its illuminated pathways and hot chocolate, but it is also a perfect destination for families. The enchanting atmosphere of the garden gives me the tingles, and I am already looking forward to my next visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2024
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Popped Popcorn
Dublin, Ireland40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We visited in Jan and to be honest dont know what we were expecting as it is winter. All outdoor plants were dead so not much to look at and butterfly house only had 3 butterflies. The indoor houses were good but would recommend waiting until summer to go as was expensive enough to not see much
Written January 7, 2023
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8,960 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a small but pretty botanical garden featuring a couple of good sized palm and rainforest rooms, butterfly room, a few greenhouses and pleasant gardens with a lake on one side.

There is a nice licensed cafe in the grounds as well as a shop.

It’s a nice and relatively cheap place to pass an hour or so on a nice day.
Written September 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Hortus Botanicus is not huge, but the hothouses full of lush tropical greenery are lovely. One hothouse even has butterflies. The garden is more beautiful in spring of course, when its beautiful flowers are in full bloom. As planned, I went to their cafe, where I enjoyed sublime apple crumb cake with raisins and a cup of turmeric tea in gorgeous surroundings.
Written December 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elizabeth Charming
Cotswolds, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It is truly a botanical wonderland! As I walked through the different sections of the garden, I was amazed by the variety of plants from all over the world. From tropical rainforests to arid deserts, the garden has recreated different ecosystems, making it a truly immersive experience.

Apart from the impressive flora, the hortus botanicus also boasts a stunning butterfly greenhouse. Walking through this enclosed space, surrounded by a multitude of colorful butterflies, felt like a magical journey.

Not only is the hortus botanicus a romantic spot for a first date, especially in the evening with its illuminated pathways and hot chocolate, but it is also a perfect destination for families. The enchanting atmosphere of the garden gives me the tingles, and I am already looking forward to my next visit.
Written March 11, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Squidhead
Costa Mesa, CA439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I always make it a point to visit botanical gardens in every city I visit. I was happy to learn that Amsterdam had one as well. The gardens were very pretty but I always enjoy the glass houses and this one had the various world regions as you'd expect. My favorite usually is, and was this time, the butterfly garden. There were many varieties and it was great to stand still and just let them settle and land on the various plants and foods left out for them. For all botanical garden fans, this is a good one to visit.
Written June 24, 2022
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Lumber traveller
Hillsboro, OR10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The botanical garden was interesting but smaller than I expected. They are working on a significant greenhouse expansion that will definitely increase the size of the garden. The palm greenhouse was unique with some palms you don’t frequently see and some that are really old. My wife especially enjoyed the butterfly greenhouse. There were about 4 species of butterflies active.
Written April 13, 2024
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Richard H
Marsden, UK188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Very good indeed if you're a bit of a gardener or botanist, otherwise possibly not worth the entrance fee. Not for kids that's for sure. A "reference" garden if you like, a genuine botanical garden.
The QR code references are fascinating, especially if you're interested or doing research. The semi-circular bit is worth paying attention to.
Butterflies - well, only about five different ones I could see, but an added bonus if you like.
Some very old and interesting plants in the glasshouses, worth reading the descriptions.
Written August 31, 2022
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Anna C
Cardiff, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We really enjoyed our trip to the gardens even though it was pouring with rain. The greenhouses were absolutely amazing and the butterfly house was great too (though extremely busy). I'd recommend taking your own food and drinks as there was a big queue to even get into the cafe!
Written April 26, 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,783 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a surprisingly small botanic garden but it does have some areas of interest.

The best area for me was the greenhouse with cycads including the oldest potted cycad in the world (over 300 years).

There's also another greenhouse with tropical plants. Also a wildflower garden next to the canal, a small conifer section and a small water area. There's also a butterfly house for those interested in these lovely creatures.

On the non-garden side, there's a cafe and a small shop with some interesting bits and pieces.
Written August 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

smootx
Houston, TX79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This was a lovely find after visiting nearby Micropia. While small, this botanical garden feels like an oasis in the city. We leisurely strolled the grounds looking at the plants that were coming into bloom and exploring the green houses. It was a nice way to spend an hour or two... peaceful and lovely.
Written May 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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