on September 23, 2009
The Hortus Botanicus, or the Botanical Gardens, is a great place to take a break from the city. It's just southeast of the city center, and is an easy twenty minute walk. Admission is € 7, but free with the I amsterdam Card.We visited in early spring, so most of the flowers hadn't bloomed yet, but nevertheless the gardens were pretty. The main structure features subtropical, tropical and dessert climates with a wide assortment of plants from each. There are a few smaller structures including the palmhouse and a butterfly house. The gardens are small, so walk slowly and enjoy your experience.The Orangery is their very popular cafe, and if the weather permits, they have outside seating. They serve coffee and Holtkamp pastries, as well as sandwiches and salads - all of which are organic.
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