The Hortus Botanicus Leiden was founded by Leiden University in 1590, and was first located in the area now known as the Front Garden. The first planting scheme dates from 1594. Over the centuries, the Hortus has continuously expanded and the planting scheme has undergone many changes. Nevertheless, you can still admire many old trees from the last 400 years. The most recent addition is the Observatory Garden. The buildings of the Hortus vary from the classical Orangery (1744) to large hothouse complexes: the tropical hothouses (1938) and the new Winter Garden (2000).
The Hortus has a special entrance fee for Leiden University staff members. For only €2, and on presentation of your staff association pass or LU card, you can explore the Hortus at your own leisure.