There is a new series I want to start on this blog and it’s going to be called ‘The Netherlands beyond Amsterdam’. ‘But why?’, is what you might be wondering right now. Well, the reason I’m starting this series is that usually when people think of The Netherlands, all they can think of is Amsterdam and well… what Amsterdam is known for; not just the many canals and the beautiful gable houses, but also the coffee shops and the Red Light District. And I just don’t find that a good representation of my country, The Netherlands. There’s so much more to this country than just Amsterdam and its edgy lifestyle and that’s what I want to show you. Every once in a while I will share a place with you located somewhere in The Netherlands, that isn’t Amsterdam and that I feel like is really worth visiting. The first place I want to tell you about is a beautiful botanical garden in the Dutch city Utrecht, located in the center of the Netherlands.
The Botanic Gardens of Utrecht are not located in the center of the city itself, but more on the edge of the city. It’s actually very close to the University of Utrecht, some others universities and hospitals, so it definitely isn’t hard to get there by public transport. These Botanic Gardens are actually the property of the University of Utrecht, so that’s why they are so close to each other.
I found out about this botanical garden last summer. It was around noon when I spontaneously felt like going somewhere. I searched for some fun places to visit on Google and that’s how I found out about this botanical garden in Utrecht. And before I knew it I was on the bus on my way to Utrecht. And now I do have to mention to you that unlike some other botanical gardens, you do have to pay some money if you want to visit the garden, the admission for adults is €7,50. But before you click this tab away, because you think it’s too much money for a botanical garden, I want to tell you that it really, really is worth your money. Let me explain to you why.
The Botanic Gardens of Utrecht are so diverse and the place is also very big. It’s why I love it so much there! The place consists of several different gardens, all with their own different theme and purpose. There are so many different plants and flowers you can find in the gardens. The plants and flowers are displayed in different ways. Some small plants are being showcased in (wooden) bins or boxes. Next to the plants are plates that tell the name of the plants. An example of that can be seen in the picture above. And other plants have been planted into the ground, so those are simply the plants that haven’t been put in boxes.
Then there also are several different events being organized in the gardens throughout the year. An example of this is the butterfly exposition in the garden’s tropical greenhouses. This takes place from June till halfway September. There are more events, which you can find out more about on their website.
Well, I hope I have been able to convince you to visit this beautiful green paradise when you visit The Netherlands. Please let me know your thoughts on this series so far.
For more info: https://www.uu.nl/en/utrecht-botanic-gardens
Where to find: Budapestlaan 17, 3584 CD Utrecht