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Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus)

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Address: Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ, Leiden, The Netherlands
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+31 71 527 7249
10:00 - 18:00
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would love to return outside of winter!

the glass houses contained a great variety of plants, but Dec obviously not the best time to appreciate the beautiful outdoor gardens and trees. Would love to return here at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
North Vancouver, Canada
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North Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

the glass houses contained a great variety of plants, but Dec obviously not the best time to appreciate the beautiful outdoor gardens and trees. Would love to return here at another time of year.

Thank Lorrainezzzzzz
Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the hortus botanicus. I come here to sit and read in a quiet and beautiful environment. My small son also loves to be here.

Thank Sanne t
Helmond, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I suppose we visited in the wrong time of the year. Nonetheless the green houses were impressive and the massive trees in the garden are beautiful. Winter meant that all big pot plants were sheltered and the garden was a bit desolate. The garden has a very lovely restaurant too, all in all we spend much more time in the... More 

Thank Xaviera R
Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I love looking at the structure of plants, and the greenhouse is nice & warm on a nippy day. But the park is the garden's true delight during the warmer seasons - simply the very best place in Leiden to hang when slightly intoxicated if young (or not so very young) or in love. The hothouse coffee house is not... More 

Thank Ping C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gardens and taken round by a highly informative guide. Plenty to see and many unusual plants often linked with quirky stories from the guides!

Thank Annabella S
arlington, va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Along with an amazing collection of plant life, it's wonderful to have the Linaeus history. The gift shop is also one of the best I've seen.

Thank karen703
Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This botanical garden is the oldest in the Netherlands, more than 400 years old. The garden is located behind the University academic building, in a very nice historical neighborhood. The garden offers beautiful views of the canal and the historical Leiden Observatory building. The green houses were recently modernized and are definitely worth visiting! So all in all, the Leiden... More 

Thank evelien19752015
Florence, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This was the first place we visited, and a great place to unwind from traveling. It probably wasn't at its best in late October, but the hot houses were delightful.

Thank jrpFlorence
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Well kept and labelled displays and gardens. They even have large sections under roofs for wet days. It will be exquisite once every thing starts flowering. English printed guides are available and reception staff also speak perfect English. Good opportunity too to just find some quiet spaces if you are travelling. I'd definitely recommend to add The Sterrewacht (Observatory) to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

A good place to visit on a showery day in November. Interesting plants, especially the many and varied insectivorous plants at the top of one of the greenhouses. Lovely cafe.

Thank virago535

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