Sightseeing Amsterdam: Botanical Garden Hortus Botanicus
Even at the beginning of the XVII century, the region then part of Amsterdam was divided into 15 parks belonging to the richest citizens. Then, the universal passion for the colonous plants, covered courts of the East India company, led to the unification of the green zones in Hortus Botanicus – one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.
Begins in 1638 as the garden of medicinal herbs under the municipality of Amsterdam, these days he occupies the entire West of the Central Island of the district and can show its guests more than 8,000 species of plants from all over the planet. It is believed that it was from here that the spread of coffee culture around the world began after the lucky Dutch trader in 1706 stole one of the plants in Ethiopia and handed it to the Botanical Garden.
In decorative gardens and three greenhouses, Hortus Botanicus created all conditions for growing the most unusual trees, shrubs and herbs (including an ultra-modern huge greenhouse for tropical breeds), butterflies pavilion work and "Palm house" (1912 g.) With a well-known meeting of the Cycad, two rooms for conferences and a wonderful cafe on the terrace.
Visit the park can be every day from 10:00 to 17:00, entrance – 7.5 euros.
Site Hortus Botanicus: Dehortus.NL.
The Botanical Garden complex also includes the Tropic Museum (Tropenmuseum).