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Utrecht Botanical Garden which located in Fort Hoofddijk is a botanical garden owned by Utrecht University. The botanical garden was first built in the purpose of education in 1693. However, its big areas with so many plants attract people who want to see it. With the area around nine hectares, this splendid green garden continue its primary function as an education and research center. There are six gardens in the botanical garden which are: Rock Garden, Evolution Garden, Discovery Garden, Tropical Greenhouses, Birders Den, and Bee Hotel. Take the tour inside Utrecht Botanical Garden and let yourself enjoy the plants while also learning about it. Excited to see what things you can do there? Here are some recommendations of the top things to do.
Utrecht Botanical Garden Things to Do
When you come to the botanical garden, the first thing that you will see is the Rock Garden. Inside the Rock Garden, you will see various biotopes or plant habitats. The rock plants inside are especially grown their double flowers or leaf with special colors. On the left-hand of the fort, you will see many species that grown on acid and damp environment which found in mountain forests. The highlight of the Rock Garden is its Atlantic Bog. You can also find southern marsh orchid flowers, sundew, and cotton grass there. Take the tour inside the Rock Garden and let yourself amazed with its rocky but flowery view.
The evolution garden was originally built as a teaching garden. Usually, Biology students study the relationships between the various plant species. However, this garden is a beautiful summer garden for those of you who are seeking for a great view. Inside the Evolution Garden, there are two oldest flowering plants that still exist today: magnolia and water lilies.
The Discovery Garden which also called as theme garden is designed special for visitors. Inside the garden, there are plants to smell, see, feel, taste and even hear. Not only usual plants, there are also medicinal plants in this garden. This garden changes its themes regularly to match the year's education theme. This garden was also specially designed for people with a disability. Wheelchair users will easily experiences the plants from a close distance. So, what are you waiting for? Take a tour inside this garden and discover what theme that will welcome you!
Most of the greenhouses here are open for public. However, the research section is not accessible for visitors. Inside the Tropical Greenhouses, you will see so many plants from tropic areas in the world. There are many orchids and bromeliads here. Also, there are several food plants here such as banana, mango, and vanilla. Moreover, the famous Butterfly Festival in summer is also takes place here. So, what are you waiting for? Take the tour to this iconic greenhouse and enjoy the tropical vibes inside. Who knows that you may be able to eat the fruits there?
This special area is left to grow more naturally than any other gardens. Inside this garden, you will see plants originally from Kromme Rijn area. There are no new species that are planted there, but the soil there is kept as fertile as possible by mown it twice a year. The highlight of this garden is obviously the Birders Den. Here, you can watch small birds as they eat their food. If it is raining when you have the tour inside the Birders Den, you don't need to worry because this Birders Den is also useful as a shelter.
With its cute name, this garden is purposely built for the insects and small animals to grow. The animals that you will see here include frogs, dragonflies, butterflies and many more. The highlight of this garden is obviously the Bee Hotel. Bee Hotel was built to provide solitary bees and some beehives for domestic bees. The honey from these bees is for sale in the botanical garden's shop, grab yours fast or you might lose it.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to go to Utrecht Botanical Garden, you can buy the ticket directly from the ticket booth. The tickets price is in range of € 2.50 to € 7.50. For people who are accompanying the disabled and in the possession of a guide card, the admission fee is free. Tickets are also free for students of Utrecht University
How To Get Around?
To get around Utrecht Botanical Garden, you can just easily go by foot. Make sure that you are wearing something comfortable for your feet since you are going to walk back and forth from one garden to other gardens.
What Should I Wear?
If you are going to visit Utrecht Botanical Garden, just wear something that is comfortable for you. Make sure to check the weather in Utrecht so that you can travel easily.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Netherlands is when the daffodils and the tulips are blooming. Those flowers will bloom during the spring time in between April and May. It is also recommended to visit Utrecht in these months since there are so many indoor attractions and inland waterways that will make you more amazed with Utrecht.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find anything for your tour on this site. Even though you don't speak Dutch, there will be many people that will happily help you if you get lost on your tour.
How To Get There?
Utrecht Botanical Garden is located in the west area of Utrecht city. You can easily get to the garden by bicycle or by bus. All the transports will spend around 20 minutes of driving. Make sure that you check the schedule if you want to get to Utrecht Botanic Gardens by bus.
If you are planning on visiting Utrecht, make sure that you change your money to Euro currency before you go to Utrecht because they will never accept any money if it is not Euro. If you want to have dinner in Utrecht, they start dinner time early in between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. you can also leave some tips for the good services, usually around 10%-15% of the total order. Also, if you are going to visit nearby towns around Utrecht, it is recommended to go by high speed train as it would be faster and convenient.