Amsterdam Sights

Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world


In this botanical garden grow up to 6,000 plants of over 4,000 species. The Hortus is located in the Plantage district (Plantagebuurt), a quiet place at the edge of the hectic centre. Behind the 300-year-old gate, however, the bustle of the city seems to disappear.

Originally, the Hortus was a medicinal herb garden, founded in 1638 by the Amsterdam City Council.

Guided tours

The Hortus is pretty enough to stroll through on your own. However, if you want to learn more about the plants and their history or want be sure that you have not missed the most beautiful spots, take a guided tour of the garden and greenhouses.


The guided tours are given at fixed times or on request. Whichever you choose, experts and experienced guides will show you the most interesting sites of the Hortus. They are enthusiastic in their story telling and they know numerous anecdotes that belong to a certain tree or flowering plant species.

How to get there?

By tram: 9 and 14, Mr. Visserplein stop.
By metro: 51, 53 or 54 stop Waterlooplein.
By car: nearest car park Waterlooplein


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Hortus Botanicus

Plantage Middenlaan 2a
Amsterdam (Plantage)

official website

Opening hours

Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00


€8.50 (adults)
€4.50 (5-14 years)
free (0-4 years)