Hortus botanicus Leiden
The Hortus botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanical gardens still existing in the Netherlands and was founded in 1590 on Rapenburg in Leiden. The garden has been accessible to the public from the beginning, which was exceptional, especially in the 16th and 17th century. The Hortus botanicus borders on the waters of the Witte Singel and is a tranquil, green location with a triad of special rooms for meetings. The vicinity of the garden offers a unique opportunity for breaks, tours and brainstorming sessions.
The characteristic 18th century Oranjerie is a magnificent location for business events such as meetings, conferences and symposiums. The Oranjerie is available for rent between April and October. This listed building with its high ceiling, tall windows and characteristic patio was constructed between 1740 and 1744 after a design by Daniël Marot. In winter it is home to subtropical potted trees such as the laurel tree, olive tree and pomegranate tree which are set outside in summer. The space is divided into a large left wing and right wing with a lobby in the middle. In a theatre setting, the Oranjerie provides space for 100 people.
The Tuinkamer with Cycas patio can be found in the winter garden, designed by famous Dutch architect Hubert Jan Henket. The location, on the first floor, provides space for 40 people in a theatre setting and is suited for smaller meetings or dinners. The Tuinkamer is accessible for disabled people with a stair lift.
From September through March, a beautiful exclusive room in the tropical greenhouses can also be used. After closing hours the Grand Café Clusius, the lunch café of the Hortus botanicus, is also available for rent. The café has a large patio. Bookings contribute to the preservation of the Hortus botanicus Leiden.
The Hortus is situated in the old city centre of Leiden. The gate of the Hortus offers limited access to touring cars and cars. Tour boats can berth at Singel as well as Rapenburg. On foot, the Hortus botanicus is accessible within 15 minutes from Leiden Central Station or in 5 minutes from the car park at Haagweg. From there, there is also a free shuttle bus transport service (every other 2 or 3 minutes) to and from the Hortus. The shuttle buses are in service up until 02:00.