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How exactly does a visit to the Hortus work? Of course, a number of things have changed because of the virus. On this page you can read what is and what is not possible at the moment.

The Hortus is open. The Tropical Glasshouse, the Wintergarden and the Hortus Grand Café are also open again. The Tropical Glasshouse opens at 11:00 am. As of June 26, it's no longer required to wear a face mask in the indoor areas and booking a visit in advance is no longer neccessary as well. Guided tours are possible again, too. 

Always wanted to join a tour through the garden? This summer we offer guided tours every Thursday in July and August at 4 PM. Enjoy the stories of our experiences tour guides, the unique plant collection, the breeze through the monumental Hortus trees and summer flowering bulbs. Costs: 4 euros plus the usual entrace fee. Purchase a ticket for the guided tour.

The visitors centre in the Old Observatory is open again as well. It's open on weekends from 10:00-18:00, you can find the entrance in the back of the Hortus near the Singel. At the moment the exhibition 'Drake Equation' is on display. You can also take a walk-in tour during the weekend, ask for more information at the Hortus entrance.

Update as of June 26, 2021:
- As of June 26, it is no longer required to book a reservation in advance to your visit to the Hortus. However, we continue to recommend booking a ticket in advance to avoid queues. If you want to be sure to enter right away, please book a ticket.
- As of June 26, it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask in the indoor areas of the Hortus, unless it is not possible to keep 1.5 meters distance. We trust that our visitors can assess this for themselves. We continue to recommend carrying a mouth mask with you just to be on the safe side.
- As of June 26, outdoor tours are possible again. Only in the outside areas and for up to ten persons per tour guide. More information.

Current corona measures in the garden:
- Keep 1.5 meters distance from other visitors and our staff. In the Hortus there is a maximum capacity of 1 visitor per 5m2.
- Only come if you feel healthy. So none of the following complaints in the past 24 hours: cold symptoms, rhinitis, runny nose, sore throat, mild cough or fever. A check-up will take place upon arrival.

Additional Information:
-Our opening hours are Monday through Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last entry 5:30 pm). On Wednesday evenings the Hortus stays open until 21:00.
-From June 2 until September 1, 2021, the Hortus will do a trial with a second entrance at Sterrenwachtlaan. The opening hours of the entrance are: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 17:00. Because of our Wednesday evening activities, the entrance can also be used on Wednesdays between 18:00-21:00 hours. The second entrance is closed in case of code orange/code red or weather forecasts with rain all day (based on the weather app Buienradar).
- The Hortus Grand Café is open seven days a week, from 10:00-18:00. On Wednesday evenings, the café stays open until 8:00 pm. Reserve a table at https://www.hortusleiden.nl/tafel-reserveren
- The Hortus giftshop is open seven days a week, from 10:00am-6:00pm. Last entry is at 5:30 pm. 
- Restrooms in the Wintergarden, in the Observatory and in the Garden House are open between 10:00 and 18:00. 
- Will you be using public transport when visiting the Hortus? Buy a ticket for the Hortus from 10:00 and no later than 14:00 so as not to burden the public transport system during rush hour. Avoid public transport when you can. More information about parking can be found here.

The COVID-19 visitor conditions can be found here. For the general Hortus and additional COVID-19 house rules click here.

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