Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
My favorite, favorite, favorite part of the trip to the Netherlands was an afternoon at the Hortus Botanicus, aka the Botanical Gardens. Area-wise, the gardens are small, taking up only 1.2 hectares. On the map, the gardens are so small that I originally thought little Wertheim Park was it!
The small size is incredibly misleading. The gardens are completely packed with things to see! They house over 4000 different species of plants, they have a special butterfly greenhouse as well as exhibits representing subtropic, tropic and desert climates. There was an amazing amount of diversity. Oh and I did I mention they hand out a guide highlighting the notable trees on the property? 🙂 Not too shabby. Rounding off its resume, the Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens the world. It was started in 1682 as a medicinal garden.
Roughly 326 years later, I found myself captivated all afternoon. I seemed to profit substantially from the season and got to see an array of autumn colors.
Yeouch! And I thought the Devil’s Walking Stick looked treacherous!
I found the gardens well worth the 7€ entrance fee. If you are in Amsterdam, I highly recommend a visit.