The Hortus Botanicus is a beautiful, quiet and intimate place with an unique botanical collection of over 4000 exotic plant species. In the midst of the busy city the Hortus offers an oasis of tranquillity.
The Hortus was originally founded in 1638 as a medicinal plant garden, used for research on the curative properties of plants and herbs. Over the centuries the garden grew and developed into a place of education and research closely connected to the University of Amsterdam.
The Hortus Botanicus was governed by the University of Amsterdam until 1990, after which it became an independent botanical garden led by a society specifically founded for the purpose. Entrance to the Hortus is still free for all University of Amsterdam biology students. All other visitors pay a small entrance fee.