A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
I always knew Leiden is astonishingly beautiful but it wasn’t until last week I realised that I’ve haven’t been to one of the best places. The botanic garden, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, is a must visit once you’re here! It is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world and truly beautiful.
This oldest botanic garden in the Netherlands dates back to 1500’s and it has plant collections from all over the word. Some trees were planted hundreds of years ago. This summer you can even visit an exhibition with carnivorous plants!
While you enjoy the beauty of the flowers you can also learn about how the Netherlands took it’s first steps in becoming the “flower shop of the world.” The famous tulips are actually not from the Netherlands. They are native to Central-Asia and they were first brought to the Netherlands from Turkey in the 16th century. The tulips gained popularity in the Netherlands once they were cultivated in Leiden University’s own botanic garden!
These photos only reflect a small portion of what you’ll experience. It’s also free to visit if you’re a Leiden University student! Here is the website if you want to check it out: https://www.hortusleiden.nl/en/.