The Hortus botanicus Leiden is the oldest surviving botanical garden in the Netherlands and was founded in 1590 on the Rapenburg in Leiden. The garden has been open to the public from the start, which was an exception especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Hortus botanicus borders the water of the Witte Singel and is a quiet, green location with three special rooms for meeting & events. The proximity of the garden provides a unique opportunity for breaks, tours and brainstorming sessions.

The atmospheric 18th-century Orangery is a wonderful locatio…

The Hortus botanicus Leiden is the oldest surviving botanical garden in the Netherlands and was founded in 1590 on the Rapenburg in Leiden. The garden has been open to the public from the start, which was an exception especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Hortus botanicus borders the water of the Witte Singel and is a quiet, green location with three special rooms for meeting & events. The proximity of the garden provides a unique opportunity for breaks, tours and brainstorming sessions.

The atmospheric 18th-century Orangery is a wonderful location for business events, such as meetings, conferences, symposia, receptions and walking dinners. The Orangery is rented from mid-April until October. The monumental building with its high ceiling, large windows and attractive terrace was built between 1740 and 1744 after a design by Daniël Marot. In winter it houses subtropical container plants such as laurel, olive tree and pomegranate that are outside in summer. The space is divided into a large left and right wing and a reception hall in the middle. In theater style, the Orangery can accommodate 100 people in one plenary room.

The Garden Room with the Cycad Terrace is located in the Winter garden designed by the well-known Dutch architect Hubert Jan Henket. The location, on the first floor, has room for 40 people in theater style and is suitable for smaller meetings or team meeting. The Garden Room is accessible to the disabled with a stairlift.

After closing time, the Hortus Grand Café, the hotspot for a drink of a lunch of the Hortus botanicus, is also rented out. The cafe has a large terrace. All bookings contribute to the preservation of the Hortus botanicus Leiden.

The Hortus is located in the old city center of Leiden. The gate of the Hortus has limited access for coaches and passenger cars. Canal boats can moor at both the Singel and the Rapenburg. The Hortus botanicus can be reached on foot in 15 minutes from Leiden Central Station or in 5 minutes from the parking lot on Haagweg. There is also free shuttle bus transport from and to the Hortus (every 2/3 minutes) from this car park. The buses run until 2 a.m. at night.

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