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Even in winter, there is plenty to do in the Hortus botanicus Leiden, the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. Enjoy the fresh air during a walk under the monumental Hortus trees or seek warmth in the Tropical Glasshouses, where there is always something in bloom. Visit one of our Winter Afternoons and discover the Old Observatory. Before you know it, the harbingers of spring awaken in the Hortus: the first bulbous and tuberous plants.

Winter opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 and 16:00. Last admission 15:30.

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What is there to do in the Hortus during the winter period of 2021/2022?

Winter afternoons 
A visit to the Hortus is particularly attractive during one of the Winter Afternoons. The garden is open an hour longer, there is mulled wine, a brazier, a book stall with special nature books and the Hortus beekeepers sell bee products and honey. Children can do exciting experiments and follow workshops. The pavement plant consultants are also present, who can tell you everything about these wild plants.
On 14 November, 12 December, 13 February, 13 March. 14:00-17:00 hrs. 

Schedule December 12
Books
Miguel and his dad have brought all kinds of nature books, and a selection of books about the city of Leiden. The books will be there at 11am, so if you want to browse around quietly, come early!
Honey and bee products
Hortus beekeepers Fred and Jack will bring deliciously smelling wax candles and all kinds of honey.
Experiments
In 2022 science is the central theme. Come and take your children (grandchildren, neighbours) for a taste of what's to come with educationalists Thal and Maxime, or enjoy an icy workshop by the students of Rino.
Pavement plants
Pavement planting consultants André and Ton are present, in any case from 12.30 - 14.00 and, if the weather is good, even longer.
There will also be art and snacks.

Observatory
Free entrance for Hortus visitors on Sat and Sun from 11.00-16.00. At 11:30 (NL), 13:00 (EN), 14:30 (EN) and 16:00 (NL) you can follow a guided tour by an astronomy student. More information about the Visitor Centre.

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